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Wichita, Kansas
City of license Wichita
Branding KAKEland (general)
KAKE News (newscasts)
(pronounced "cake")
Slogan Always Tracking. Always Alerting. Always Protecting.
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Translators (see article)
Affiliations ABC/Me-TV
Owner Gray Television, Inc.
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date October 19, 1954
Call letters' meaning The word "cake" (sic)
Former callsigns KAKE-TV (1954-2010)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1954-2009)
21 (UHF, 1999-2009)
Former affiliations NBC/ABC (1954-1955)
Transmitter power

56.5 kW

Low-power translator 15 kW
Height 309.8 m
Facility ID 65522
Transmitter coordinates 37°46′52.9″N 97°31′9.1″W / 37.781361°N 97.519194°W / 37.781361; -97.519194
Website www.kake.com

KAKE, channel 10, is an ABC-affiliated television station based in Wichita, Kansas. The station is owned by Atlanta, Georgia-based Gray Television. KAKE is also the flagship station of the KAKEland Television Network, a statewide network of full-power stations, low-power stations, and translators relaying ABC network programming across central and western Kansas.

The station's studios are located on West Street in Wichita, and its transmitter is located near Colwich, Kansas. Its distinctive call sign is pronounced "cake", however the station has been branded as "KAKEland", after the aforementioned statewide relay network, since July 2011.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
10.1 720p 16:9 KAKE-DT Main KAKE programming / ABC
10.2 480i 4:3 KAKE-DT2 Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KAKE shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 21 to its former analog VHF channel 10 for post-transition operations.[2][3]

On September 8, 2012, Me-TV was added to subchannel 10.2.[4]

KAKEland Television Network[edit]

To reach the 69-county audience of the Wichita/Hutchinson-Plus DMA, KAKE extends its over-the-air coverage area through a network of eight full-power, low-power, and translator stations encompassing the majority of Kansas, the KAKEland Television Network.

KUPK, in Garden City, houses the Western Kansas newsroom and studio, originating one segment of the nightly newscasts seen on KUPK and KLBY. The rest of the broadcast is live from the Wichita studio.

The KAKEland WeatherPlex, inside KAKE's Wichita studio, can provide live continuous severe weather coverage to any combination of its five broadcast zones.

  1. KAKE and its DTV Replacement translator - South Central Kansas, including Wichita
  2. KUPK - Southwest Kansas, including Dodge City and Garden City
  3. KLBY - Northwest Kansas, including Goodland and Colby
  4. KHDS - North Central Kansas, including Salina
  5. KGBD-LD and its K25CV-D/K38GH-D translators - North Central Kansas, including Great Bend, Hays, and Russell

For example: If a tornado is in progress near Colby, live continuous coverage will be seen only on KLBY, while normal programming will appear on the rest of the network.[5]

Full-power stations[edit]

These stations mostly rebroadcast KAKE. However, their full-power license allows them to broadcast different programming and commercial content, when desired.

Station City of license RF
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
Garden City 13 (VHF) 13 October 28, 1964 KUP-KAKE
63kW 262.4m 65535 37°39′1″N 100°40′6″W / 37.65028°N 100.66833°W / 37.65028; -100.66833 (KUPK-TV)
KLBY3 4 5
Colby 17 (UHF) 4 July 4, 1983 KoLBY
625kW 223m 65523 39°15′9″N 101°21′9″W / 39.25250°N 101.35250°W / 39.25250; -101.35250 (KLBY)


  • 1. The call sign changed from KUPK-TV to KUPK on 13 July 2010.
  • 2. KUPK-DT operated on channel 18 before 17 February 2009.
  • 3. KLBY was an independent station from its 1984 sign-on until it was acquired by KAKE in 1987.
  • 4. KLBY formerly operated analog channel 4 until 19 August 2008, becoming the first digital-only station in the KAKEland Television Network.
  • 5. KLBY had the call letters KBOM in 1983.[6]

"DTV Replacement" digital translator station[edit]

The FCC determined that after the digital transition some full-service stations would not be able to cover their pre-transition analog service areas. It created the “Replacement Digital Television Translator Service” to assist qualifying full-service stations. These are associated with, given the same call letters, cannot be transferred, and are renewed/assigned along with the station’s main license.[7]

On February 9, 2010, KAKE filed an application to the FCC for a digital fill-in translator on its pre-transition digital allotment, UHF Channel 21.[8] The translator serves the city of Wichita and the surrounding areas north and west of the city. Some viewers using indoor "set-top antennas", which by the nature of their compact design perform better with UHF signals, had difficulty receiving the station's digital signal after it "moved" to VHF channel 10. It started broadcasting March 4, 2010.

This station can ONLY rebroadcast KAKE, due to its translator classification.

Station City of license RF
First air date Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KAKE Wichita 21 (UHF) 10 4 March 2010 sounds like
15kW 309.8m 65522 37°46′52.9″N 97°31′9.1″W / 37.781361°N 97.519194°W / 37.781361; -97.519194 (KAKE-LD)

Analog low-power & translator stations[edit]

The following stations will perform a flash-cut when converting to digital. The translators on channels 70 to 83 moved in 1988 and many moved again on 15 August 2003.

Low-power stations[edit]

These stations mostly rebroadcast KAKE. However, their low-power license allows them to broadcast different programming and commercial content, when desired.

Station City of license Channel Call letters’
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
Salina 51 (UHF) 15kW 87m 65527 38°50′27″N 97°40′8″W / 38.84083°N 97.66889°W / 38.84083; -97.66889 (KDHS-LD)
Great Bend 30 (UHF) K-Great BenD
"Great Bend"
15kW 104m 65534 38°24′22″N 98°43′20″W / 38.40611°N 98.72222°W / 38.40611; -98.72222 (KGBD-LD)


  • 6. Call sign changed from K51GC to KHDS-LP on 13 July 2010, and to KHDS-LD on December 10, 2012.
  • 7. Originally on channel 34 (K34AA), then 22 (K22CP); moved to channel 51 (K51GC) on 15 August 2003.[6]
  • 8. Call sign changed from K30GD to KGBD-LP on 13 July 2010, and to KGBD-LD on February 7, 2013.
  • 9. Originally on channel 71 (K71BP); moved to channel 69 (K69DQ) in 1988, then to channel 30 (K30GD) on 15 August 2003.[6]

KGBD-LD translator stations[edit]

These stations can only rebroadcast KGBD-LD, due to their translator classification.

Station City of license Channel First air date ERP
Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
K25CV-D10 Hays 25 (UHF) 23 May 1988 8.9kW 72m 65533 38°54′54″N 99°19′40″W / 38.91500°N 99.32778°W / 38.91500; -99.32778 (K25CV-D)
K38GH-D11 Russell 38 (UHF) 12 January 1988 7.2kW 135m 65529 38°54′51″N 98°51′52″W / 38.91417°N 98.86444°W / 38.91417; -98.86444 (K38GH-D)
  • 10. The Hays translator was K70FE channel 70 from the 1970s to 1988.[9]
  • 11. K38GH-D was K75CB[9] from the 1970s to 1988, then K20BU channel 20 until 15 August 2003, and then K38GH until 21 October 2013.[6]

Channel 70+ translators no longer in service[edit]


The station signed on the air on October 19, 1954. During its first year on the air, it was Wichita's NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. It became a sole ABC affiliate in 1955 after KARD-TV (now KSNW) signed on.

In 1979, the station was sold to the Chronicle Publishing Company of San Francisco, California, run by the de Young family, who also owned KRON-TV in San Francisco and WOWT-TV in Omaha, Nebraska – KRON, a KRON translator, WOWT, and KAKE and its translators all have Facility IDs in the same range (assigned by the FCC around 1980). Chronicle then bought KLBY in 1987. KLBY had been a separate, independent station with its own programming inventory, but with Chronicle's purchase it was made a satellite of KAKE.

KAKE logo, used from 2007 to 2011.

In 1988, KAKE moved all of its translators on channels 70 to 83 (which were being phased out) down to other channel positions; in addition, a select few of the affected translators were simply closed. Chronicle owned the stations until 1999, when KAKE, its satellites, and WOWT were sold to LIN TV in the midst of the de Young family's liquidation of its media holdings. Almost as soon as the sale was finalized, LIN turned around and traded KAKE and WOWT to Benedek Broadcasting for that company's WWLP in Springfield, Massachusetts and cash. The acquisition of KAKE and WOWT could be seen as the ultimate undoing for the financially challenged Benedek, which in 2002 declared bankruptcy and sold most of its stations, including KAKE and WOWT, to Gray Television (their current owner). In 2003, another translator shuffle occurred, and many translator channels in service moved on August 15 of that year.

KAKE and the BTK case[edit]

For a more thorough history on the BTK case, see Dennis Rader.

In the 1970s, KAKE received letters, poems and packages from the BTK serial killer. One claimed responsibility for several of the BTK murders; another contained clues about an intended victim (who was not murdered). During an interview with Wichita's police chief in the late 1970s, subliminal messages were broadcast on KAKE to convince BTK to turn himself in. The effort was unsuccessful.

In 2004 and 2005, BTK again sent letters to KAKE. One included a word puzzle—another expressed concern about the colds anchors Susan Peters and Jeff Herndon had at the time. Park City, Kansas resident Dennis Rader was eventually arrested and convicted of the murders.

News operation[edit]

In January 2011, KAKE expanded its weekday morning newscasts by a half-hour, moving the start time to 4:30 a.m., becoming the first station in the Wichita-Hutchinson market to broadcast a pre-5 a.m. newscast.[10] On July 17, 2011 beginning with its 5:30 p.m. newscast, KAKE began broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition; this leaves KSNW as the only remaining station in the Wichita-Hutchinson market not broadcasting its local newscasts in HD, KSNW broadcasts its newscasts in mostly enhanced definition widescreen (although the weather segments of that station's newscasts is broadcast in high definition). With the change, the station began using new on-air graphics for its newscasts, a custom news music package (composed by Aircast Custom Music) and introduced a new station logo that emphasizes the long used "KAKEland" sub-branding for KAKE's network of satellite and repeater stations.[11] KAKE discontinued its half-hour 4:00 p.m. newscast in September 2011, due to a lack of a solid syndicated programming lead-out of the newscast.[10] But as of September 9, 2013, KAKE has re-added the 4:00 p.m. newscast again and also added a Sunday morning newscast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. [12]


For 30 years, KAKE was the highest-rated station in Wichita, even though it did not build an extensive translator/satellite network in central and western Kansas until the 1990s. For most of the last quarter-century, it has been runner-up to KWCH-TV which has been the dominant station in the market. KAKE is presently in third place, with NBC affiliate KSNW in second.

Newscasts and local programming[edit]


  • Good Morning Kansas - 4:30–7:00 a.m.
  • KAKE News Midday - 11:00 a.m.–noon
  • KAKE News at 4:00 - 4:00-4:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 5:00 - 5:00–5:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:00 - 6:00–6:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10:00–10:35 p.m.


  • Good Morning Kansas Saturday - 6:00–7:00 a.m.
  • Good Morning Kansas Saturday - 8:00–9:00 a.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:00 - 6:00–6:30 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 6:30 - 6:30–7:00 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10:00–10:35 p.m.


  • Good Morning Kansas Sunday - 6:00-7:00 a.m.
  • Good Morning Kansas Sunday - 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • KAKE News at 5:30 - 5:30–6:00 p.m.
  • KAKE News at 10:00 - 10:00–10:35 p.m.
  • Lawyer on the Line - 10:35–11:05 p.m.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • The General Motors Newscast (1954–1964)
  • The National News (1964–1967)
  • TV-10 News (1967–1990)
  • KAKE News 10 (1990–1998; continues in use as alternate newscast title)
  • KAKE News (1998–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "The News People" (1970s)
  • "Come Home To KAKE" (early 1980s; not related to the similarly named NBC campaign)
  • "Keep Your Eye on KAKE" (mid 1980s)
  • "Dedicated, Determined, Dependable" (early 1990s)
  • "Coverage You Count On" (early-mid 1990s)
  • "On Your Side" (1998–2007)
  • "The Breaking News and Weather Authority" (2009–2011)
  • "KAKEland - Everywhere." (2011-2013)
  • "Always Tracking. Always Alerting. Always Protecting" (2013-Present)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[13][edit]


  • Tim Brown - host of This Week in Kansas (Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m.)
  • Deb Farris - weekdays at 4:00 p.m.; also reporter
  • Larry Hatteberg - weeknights at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • David Marcus - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 6:00 p.m.
  • Jemelle Holopirek - weekday mornings on Good Morning Kansas (4:30-7:00) and weekdays at 11:00 a.m.
  • Mike Iuen - Saturdays at 6:00 and 6:30, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m.
  • Susan Peters - weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Jordan Shefte - Saturday mornings on Good Morning Kansas (6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m.) ; also Good Morning Kansas reporter
  • Annette Lawless - Sunday mornings on Good Morning Kansas (6:00-7:00 and 8:00-9:00 a.m.); also general assignment reporter

KAKE First Alert Weather Team

Sports team

  • Shane Ewing - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m., also host of KAKE Sports Overtime Live
  • Jake Schlegel - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and 6:30, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10:00 p.m., also sports reporter


  • Parrish Alleman - general assignment reporter
  • Chris Frank - general assignment reporter
  • Phil White - general assignment reporter; also producer
  • Lily Wu - general assignment reporter
  • Jason Tarr - general assignment reporter

Former on-air staff[edit]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KAKE
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Where to Watch Me-TV: KAKE
  5. ^ Email exchange with Jay Prater, Managing Meteorologist KAKE-TV
  6. ^ a b c d e f g FCC query program: each of the stations in this chain have Facility IDs with 655__. Changing that number brings up a number of KAKE translators, WOWT, KRON and a KRON translator between 65521 and 65535.
  7. ^ http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-09-36A1.pdf
  8. ^ http://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/prefill_and_display.pl?Application_id=1356143&Service=LD&Form_id=346&Facility_id=65522
  9. ^ a b http://www.w9wi.com/articles/gt69.html
  10. ^ a b KAKE, Channel 10, to drop its 4 p.m. news; KWCH, Channel 12, to add 4 p.m. newscast on sister station, The Wichita Eagle, March 30, 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  11. ^ KAKE switches local newscasts to HD this weekend, Wichita Business Journal, July 15, 2011.
  12. ^ KAKE Adds Weekend, Afternoon Newscasts TVSpy, September 9, 2013.
  13. ^ Gray Television, Inc. "Inside KAKE". Clickability. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  14. ^ FOX News Network (2010-01-09). "FOX & Friends - FOXNews.com". FOX News Network. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 

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