About KFOX 14KCIK-TV struggled to find a consistent audience and was in financial trouble for much of its early history. In 1984, it was sold to Silver King Broadcasting, a company that owned several television stations affiliated with the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The station was renamed KHSD-TV and began airing HSN programming full-time.
In 1992, Silver King Broadcasting was purchased by USA Networks (now NBCUniversal). KHSD-TV was sold to the Pappas Telecasting Companies in 1995 and was rebranded as KTSM-TV. The station's programming focus shifted to a mix of syndicated and locally produced programming, including news and sports. In 2002, KTSM-TV became an affiliate of the NBC network, taking over the affiliation from KINT-TV (channel 26, now a Univision affiliate).