|Sioux Falls, South Dakota
|City of license||Sioux Falls|
(pronounced "kel-o land")
MyUTV (on DT2)
|Slogan||Your Home (for News)|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||CBS (secondary until 1960)|
(Young Broadcasting of Sioux Falls, Inc.)
|First air date||May 19, 1953|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953-2009)
32 (UHF, 2004-2009)
|Transmitter power||30 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KELO-TV is the CBS-affiliated television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, broadcasting on VHF digital channel 11. Branded as "KELOland" since 1954, many South Dakotans pronounce its call letters as a homonym of "hello". The station's studios are located on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls, while its transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota.
Satellite stations and translators
KELO serves the largest viewing area of any station in the United States. It calls this vast area - which consists all of South Dakota as well as large parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa - KELOLAND. It covers this region with a network of three full-power satellites, known as the "KELOLAND Television Network."
|Station||City of license||Channels||First air date||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter Coordinates|
|Digital: 3 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
|September 24, 1955||3.7 kW||240.6 m||41975|
|Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
|July 15, 1957||40 kW||317.8 m||41964|
|KCLO-TV1||Rapid City||Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
|November 28, 1988||150 kW||154 m||41969|
- 1. KCLO-TV does not offer MyUTV on its digital signal.
The three full-power stations air separate commercials. KCLO, because it is in a separate market, get certain shows fed to it specifically.
The programming of KELO-TV is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K24DT (Channel 24) Aberdeen (repeats KDLO)
A unique feature of KELO's coverage area is that it covers two time zones -- Central and Mountain. This means that viewers of Rapid City's KCLO watch CBS's prime-time schedule from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (instead of 7:00 to 10:00 pm), with the Late Show with David Letterman at 9:35 pm MT. KCLO, because it is in a separate market, also gets certain shows fed to it specifically. KELO cannot air myUTV or other products aired by Rapid City stations on KCLO. All four KELO stations do get separate advertising as needed.
A late ice storm on April 6, 1997 caused the KXJB-TV mast to collapse. As a result, several cable systems in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota were unable to receive CBS programming. Some cable systems temporarily or permanently replaced KXJB with KDLO.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||1080i||16:9||KELO||Main KELO-TV programming / CBS|
KELO-TV began broadcasting its digital signal on March 6, 2003, becoming the first full-powered digital signal in South Dakota. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, at 9:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. MT) on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 32 to VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations. KDLO was originally scheduled to shut down its analog signal and broadcast in digital only on February 17, 2009, while KELO, KPLO and KCLO's broadcasts would become digital-only effective June 12, 2009; however, the FCC rejected Young Broadcasting's petition for early termination of analog broadcasts on KDLO-TV.
MyUTV is carried on digital subchannels of KELO, KDLO, and KPLO (digital subchannels 13.2, 3.2 and 6.2, respectively). It is currently affiliated with the MyNetworkTV programming service, and also carries the regional weather channel "KELO Weather Now" (which is seen 24 hours a day on KCLO digital subchannel 15.2), primarily during the overnight hours; it is carried on cable channel 10 in most areas. It was formerly a UPN affiliate, branded simply as "UTV", when it launched in 2004 until it affiliated with MyNetworkTV in September 2006.
MyUTV is not seen in the Rapid City market on KCLO. The UPN affiliate there was KCPL-LP (channel 52), and the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Rapid City is KNBN (channel 21.3; formerly KKRA-LP, channel 24); as a result, MyUTV still can not be carried on KCLO by FCC market rules. The CW's programming in South Dakota is represented by stations unrelated to KELO -- KSFY-TV (channel 13) in Sioux Falls and KWBH-LP (channel 27) in Rapid City.
KELO signed on air on May 19, 1953 as South Dakota's first television station. It was owned by Midcontinent Media, a theater and broadcasting conglomerate, along with KELO radio (AM 1320 and 92.5 FM). It was a primary NBC affiliate, but it also carried programs from ABC, CBS and DuMont.
Shortly after KELO signed on, the Federal Communications Commission collapsed eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwest Iowa into one giant television market. Later in the 1950s, Midcontinent began signing on satellite stations of KELO to serve its vast coverage area. KDLO in Florence was the first of the satellite stations to go on the air on September 27, 1955, followed by KPLO, licensed to Reliance and serving South Dakota's state capitol of Pierre on July 15, 1957; KCLO, which serves the Rapid City area, would not sign on until 31 years later on November 28, 1988. After KSOO-TV (now KSFY-TV) signed on in 1960, KELO switched its primary affiliation to CBS and has remained with that network ever since. On September 23, 1968, KELO became South Dakota's first television station to broadcast its programming in color.
KELO was home to Captain 11, a popular children's show in the area, from 1955 until 1996. Captain 11 was Dave Dedrick, the station's longtime weatherman. He had been a popular radio personality before KELO went on air.
Channel 11 originally broadcast from a 575-foot (175 m) tower near Shindler, South Dakota. On September 20, 1955, the first of many tower disasters struck KELOLAND when KELO's first tower collapsed during a possible tornado. The tower fell in heap of twisted metal. Engineers worked feverishly to get a temporary tower up in time for the World Series. They succeeded and KELO was back on the air in 48 hours. It was the first of many heroic efforts by KELO staffers to keep viewers in touch with the world. In 1956, the station erected a 1,032-foot (315 m) tower on the same site, expanding its coverage area to most of eastern South Dakota. In 1967, KELO moved to a new 2,032-foot (619 m) tower near Rowena, shared with KSFY. The Shindler tower is still used as a backup.
The new 2,032-foot tower in Rowena, in service less than a year, was completely destroyed on June 24, 1968 when a North Central airliner clipped a guy wire. Luckily, the plane landed safely with no injuries. KELO engineers had the station back on the air in three days operating from the old 1,032-foot tower near Shindler. The tower was rebuilt. It wouldn't be the last tower collapse the station would experience.
On January 11, 1975, the KELO tower collapsed again. In what some were calling the Bermuda Triangle of towers, the 2000-foot tower crashed to the ground in a fierce winter storm. Learning from previous tower collapses, KELO engineers had the station back on the air the same day, again switching operations to the backup tower at Shindler.
The tower was again rebuilt at Rowena and became operational on December 19, 1975, but that didn't end the tower troubles for KELO. In the years that followed, KDLO's tower collapsed and KELO lost other microwave and translator sites to storms and other reasons. 
Since 1986, the station's logo has consisted of "Kelo" written in cursive font, over a line, with "KELOLAND TELEVISION" underneath. It is one of the few stations whose logo's last three call letters are in lower-case (KBYU-TV channel 11 in Provo, Utah also has used a similar logo). On November 25, 1986, KELO began broadcasting its programming in stereo.
In 1995, Midcontinent Media sold KELO to Young Broadcasting; the sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission on May 31, 1996. The station celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 19, 2003. On June 6, 2013, Young Broadcasting announced that it would merge with Media General.  The merger was approved on November 8, after Media General shareholders approved the merger a day earlier; it was completed on November 12.
Currently, KELO-TV broadcasts a total of 26½ hours of local newscasts each week (with 4½ hours on weekdays and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays), carrying the most hours of local news out of any station in South Dakota; the station is presently the only station in South Dakota carrying newscasts on weekend mornings. KELO's newscasts have used Gari Communications' The CBS Enforcer Music Collection as its news music package since 1997. Throughout its history, KELO-TV has won ten Regional Emmy Awards; along with a National Emmy win in 1999 for public service announcement for the Tradition of Caring, and two 2008 wins for "Best Mid-Size Market Newscast" for the station's weekday morning newscast KELOLAND This Morning and a feature story titled "Dominic's Wish".
On July 11, 1988, KELO began using a satellite uplink truck to allow live remotes of news stories. Four years later on January 21, 1991, KELO began closed captioning its local newscasts for the first time. On October 18, 2011, beginning with its 5:00 pm newscast, KELO-TV became the second television station in South Dakota to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition (ABC affiliate KSFY-TV began producing its newscasts in HD in August of that year), all in-studio and field segments are broadcast in the 1080i HD picture format; the station introduced a new set for its newscasts, updated its editing and control room equipment, and anchors began using iPads instead of paper scripts.
KELO currently features four on-camera meteorologists on its staff, of which two (including chief meteorologist Dr. Jay Trobec) have earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. KELO operates a network of automatic observation sites operated with the WeatherBug software (and known as WeatherNet on air) which are updated every three seconds. On November 24, 1992, the station began using SkyCam systems primarily for use in weather situations.
KELO operates a network of three doppler radars across South Dakota, and covering parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa; the KELOLAND Television Network is the only station in each of the markets it served to operate such a large radar network. On September 8, 1997, KELO installed two live doppler weather radar units in Huron and Beresford, becoming the first station in the country to operate two doppler radars simultaneously; a third radar, located in Wall, was installed in 2001. In 2007, KELO upgraded the Huron radar to use dual polarization technology and quadrupled its power to 1 million watts, it also upgraded the computer systems at the Beresford and Wall radar systems. In addition, KELO rebranded its radar network as "KELOLAND Live Doppler HD".
Notable former on-air staff
- Jim Burt - sports anchor (1953–1987)
- Steve Hemmingsen - anchor
- Doug Lund - anchor; current voice over announcer
CSI cable in Jamestown, North Dakota removed KELO effective December 31, 2009 due to duplication of Fargo, North Dakota station KXJB-TV, and stalled retransmission consent negotiations.
KELO TV Tower
Due to South Dakota's volatile weather, KELO-TV has had to deal with numerous tower collapses. It originally operated from a 1,000 ft tower near Shindler. In September 1955, the tower was brought down by a freak tornado. In 1956, it moved to a new 1,032 ft tower near Rowena, but the old tower near Shindler was retained as a backup. The station moved to a new 2,000-ft tower in August 1967, but that tower collapsed when a North Central Airlines plane clipped a guy wire; the plane landed safely with no injuries. A new tower in Rowena was built in 1969, only to be brought down in January 1975 by an intense winter storm. In both cases, the station's engineers were able to restore operations from the old site near Shindler fairly quickly. The station's current tower entered service in December. The station's numerous tower collapses have led television insiders to call channel 11's Rowena tower "the Bermuda Triangle."
KPLO-TV was knocked off the air on January 22, 2010 when its tower, shared with former sister station KPLO-FM, collapsed during an ice storm. . Programming remained available on cable and satellite at the time.
KPLO returned to the air on March 19, 2010. However, the station currently operates at reduced power, leaving Pierre without an "over the air" signal. Assurances of tower upgrades will remedy this situation but no defined completion date has been communicated publicly. According to emails from KELO engineers, the FCC has issued a permit for a low power "channel 29" tower on the north hill in Pierre with an approximate completion by the end of December 2012, with cooperating weather and other efforts remaining favorable.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KELO
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KELO-TV Website - Our History (http://www.keloland.com/ourhistory/)
- KELO-TV Website - Our History (http://www.keloland.com/ourhistory/)
- KLEO-TV Website - Our History
- KLEO-TV Website - Our History
- Media General, Young Broadcasting To Merge, TVNewsCheck, June 6, 2013.
- FCC Approves Media General-Young Merger Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 8 November, 2013
- "Media General, Young Now Officially One". TVNewsCheck. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- KELOLAND Launches HD News, Unveils Changes, KELO-TV, October 19, 2011.
- In Sioux Falls, KELO Replaces Scripts with iPads As Part of HD Upgrade, Media Bistro, October 12, 2011.
- "Extreme weather slams broadcast towers from South Dakota to California". Radio-Info.com. January 23, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- "Ice Brings Down KPLO Tower". KELOLAND.com. January 22, 2010. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
- Official website
- Listing 1035413 in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration database
- KELO TV Tower at Structurae
- Skyscraperpage.com entry
- Emmy Winners for PSA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KELO-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDLO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KPLO
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCLO-TV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K24DT
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KELO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDLO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPLO-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCLO-TV