KDLT-TV

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KDLT-TV / KDLV-TV
KDLT Logo.png
KDLT: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
KDLV: Mitchell, South Dakota
BrandingKDLT (general)
KDLT News (newscasts)
SloganWe Know What Matters
ChannelsDigital:
KDLT: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
KDLV: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
AffiliationsNBC (1960-1969, 1982-present)
OwnerRed River Broadcasting
(Red River Broadcast Company, LLC)
First air dateKDLT: June 12, 1960
KDLV: September 8, 1998
Call letters' meaningKDLT: K-DakotaLand Television (former owners)
KDLV: K-DakotaLand V (roman numeral 5)
Former callsignsKDLT:
KORN-TV (1960-1972)
KXON-TV (1972-1982)
KDLV: none
Former channel number(s)Analog:
KDLT:
5 (VHF, 1960-1998)
46 (UHF, 1998-2009)
KDLV:
5 (VHF, 1998-2009)
Former affiliationsABC (1969-1982)
Transmitter powerKDLT: 1000 kW
KDLV: 1000 kW
HeightKDLT: 608 m
KDLV: 315 m
Facility IDKDLT: 55379
KDLV: 55375
Transmitter coordinatesKDLT:
43°30′18″N 96°33′22″W / 43.50500°N 96.55611°W / 43.50500; -96.55611
KDLV:
43°45′33″N 98°24′44″W / 43.75917°N 98.41222°W / 43.75917; -98.41222 (KDLV-TV)
Websitewww.kdlt.com
 
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KDLT-TV / KDLV-TV
KDLT Logo.png
KDLT: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
KDLV: Mitchell, South Dakota
BrandingKDLT (general)
KDLT News (newscasts)
SloganWe Know What Matters
ChannelsDigital:
KDLT: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
KDLV: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
AffiliationsNBC (1960-1969, 1982-present)
OwnerRed River Broadcasting
(Red River Broadcast Company, LLC)
First air dateKDLT: June 12, 1960
KDLV: September 8, 1998
Call letters' meaningKDLT: K-DakotaLand Television (former owners)
KDLV: K-DakotaLand V (roman numeral 5)
Former callsignsKDLT:
KORN-TV (1960-1972)
KXON-TV (1972-1982)
KDLV: none
Former channel number(s)Analog:
KDLT:
5 (VHF, 1960-1998)
46 (UHF, 1998-2009)
KDLV:
5 (VHF, 1998-2009)
Former affiliationsABC (1969-1982)
Transmitter powerKDLT: 1000 kW
KDLV: 1000 kW
HeightKDLT: 608 m
KDLV: 315 m
Facility IDKDLT: 55379
KDLV: 55375
Transmitter coordinatesKDLT:
43°30′18″N 96°33′22″W / 43.50500°N 96.55611°W / 43.50500; -96.55611
KDLV:
43°45′33″N 98°24′44″W / 43.75917°N 98.41222°W / 43.75917; -98.41222 (KDLV-TV)
Websitewww.kdlt.com

KDLT-TV is the NBC-affiliated television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serving Eastern South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota. The station broadcasts its digital signal on UHF channel 47, which remaps to analog channel 46 via PSIP. It also operates a full-powered satellite station: KDLV-TV in Mitchell, South Dakota (digital channel 26, virtual channel 5). KDLT's 2,000 feet (610 m) transmitter tower is located near Rowena.

Digital programming[edit]

Digital channelsDigital channels

KDLTKDLVVideoAspectProgramming
46.15.11080i16:9Main KDLT/KDLV-TV Programming / NBC
46.25.2480i[4:3][1]Cozi TV[2][3]

On February 1, 2009, KDLT ceased analog transmissions, and began broadcasting only in digital. KDLV flash-cut to digital on the same day.

History[edit]

In 1960, KDLT started broadcasting from Mitchell, South Dakota as KORN-TV on channel 5, an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. The station's original call letters were intended to honor the famous Mitchell Corn Palace. Only a month later, KSOO-TV (now KSFY-TV) signed on. From then until 1969, KSOO-TV and KORN-TV operated as a regional network, although separately owned. KSOO-TV served the eastern portion of the market, while KORN-TV served the western portion. But in April 1969 the Federal Communications Commission ruled against this combination, suggesting that they operate as competitors in the Sioux Falls-Mitchell market. At that point Channel 5 affiliated with ABC and moved its tower closer to Sioux Falls, although KCAU-TV in Sioux City was well-received in Sioux Falls as Siouxland ABC.

In 1972, the station changed its calls to KXON-TV. In 1982, KXON changed its call letters to KDLT when it was purchased by Dakotaland Broadcasting. Dakotaland Broadcasting eventually sold KDLT to Heritage Broadcasting in 1985. In 1982, KDLT and KSFY switched affiliations, with KSFY getting ABC and KDLT once again getting NBC. At the time of the switch KSFY had three full-power transmitters to KDLT's one and ABC was the #1 network with NBC in third, making it logical for the more popular network to align with a station with better coverage. The next year NBC and ABC ratings flip-flopped leaving KDLT once again affiliated with the more popular network. Heritage Broadcasting became Heritage Media in 1987 when it acquired Rollins Telecasting. The station eventually moved its main studio to Sioux Falls in the mid to late 1980s.

Heritage Media sold KDLT to its current owner, Red River Broadcasting, in 1994. On September 8, 1998 KDLT moved its city of license to Sioux Falls and began broadcasting on channel 46 from a new tower in Rowena, where most of the other Sioux Falls stations have their towers. This was largely because the channel 5 tower was too far away from Sioux Falls to adequately cover it with a digital signal. FCC rules required a station's digital signal to cover at least 80 percent of its analog footprint. Channel 5 in Mitchell survives as a full-power satellite, KDLV. Due to the way the changeover was structured legally, the FCC considers KDLV to be the same station as the old KDLT.

News operation[edit]

Currently, KDLT broadcasts a total of 19½ hours of local newscasts each week, with 3½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

Station slogans[edit]

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News team[4][edit]

Anchors

Weather team

Sports team

Reporters

Translators[edit]

The programming of KDLT is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

Transmitter antenna replacement[edit]

The station's television transmitter antenna replacement was featured on the National Geographic Channel television show World's Toughest Fixes.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digital Antenna: Sioux Falls, SD 57101". SiliconDust.com. Silicondust USA, Inc. - HDHomeRun. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "KDLT News". KDLT.com. Red River Broadcast Co., LLC. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "TitanTV Programming Guide - KDLV and KDLT". TitanTV.com. Broadcast Intrractive Media, L.L.C. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Meet the KDLT News Team
  5. ^ http://www.realtelevision.net/2008/10/17/worlds-toughest-fixes-2000-foot-tower/

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