About KXLT FOX 47Shockley relaunched the station as a Fox affiliate on January 19, 1998. Previously, cable systems in Minnesota broadcast WFTC (and before that, KMSP) from the Twin Cities, while those in Iowa aired KDSM-TV from Des Moines. Shockley immediately invested in the station, bringing it up to full power and relocating to new studios in November of that year. KXLT launched a cable-only affiliate of the network on November 1, 1998, in collaboration with The WB. The station, known as "KWBR," was programmed by the national The WB 100+ service, while local promotion and advertising sales were handled by KXLT.
Quincy Newspapers, owner of KTTC, purchased Shockley Communications in 2001. Quincy, however, was unable to acquire KXLT because to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laws controlling duopolies. The FCC prohibits a single business from owning two of the four highest-rated stations. Furthermore, Rochester/Austin/Mason City has just six full-power stations, which is insufficient to legally allow a duopoly in any scenario. Nonetheless, under a shared services agreement, Quincy took over KXLT's operations. Quincy provides all technical support, marketing, commercial production, and master control for KXLT as part of the agreement. In 2005, Shockley sold the station to current owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting.