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|Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas
|City of license||Dallas, Texas|
|Branding||Fox 4 (general)
Fox 4 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||The News Leader (primary)
Now You Know; So Fox 4 (secondary)
|Channels||Digital: 35 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
|Owner||Fox Television Stations
(NW Communications of Texas, Inc.)
|First air date||December 3, 1949|
|Call letters' meaning||Dallas-Fort Worth
(also ICAO code for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
|Former callsigns||KRLD-TV (1949–1970)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1949–2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (1949–1995)|
|Transmitter power||857 kW|
|Height||510 meters (1,670 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
KDFW, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 35), is a Fox owned-and-operated television station located in Dallas, Texas, United States which also serves Fort Worth and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station KDFI (channel 27). The two stations share studios on North Griffin Street in downtown Dallas, KDFW's transmitter is located in Cedar Hill.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 Programming
- 4 News operation
- 5 References
- 6 External links
As a CBS affiliate
The station signed on the air on December 3, 1949 as CBS affiliate KRLD-TV; it was originally owned by the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald newspaper, which also operated KRLD radio (1080 AM). Channel 4 was the third television station to sign on in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex – following Dallas-based KBTV (channel 8, now WFAA), which launched three months earlier in September 1949, and Fort Worth-based WBAP-TV (channel 5, now KXAS-TV), which debuted in September 1948.
KRLD-TV served as the home base for CBS' network coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, led by Dan Rather, on November 22, 1963. News director Eddie Barker was the first person to announce Kennedy's death on television, passing along word from a Parkland Hospital official (because of a local press pool arrangement, Barker's scoop appeared live simultaneously on CBS and ABC).
In 1967, Federal Communications Commission imposed rules preventing common ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same market, the combination of KRLD-AM-TV and the Dallas Times-Herald was protected under a grandfather clause from forced divestiture. However, the newspaper and its broadcast holdings were sold to the Los Angeles-based Times-Mirror Company on May 15, 1970 for $30 million. As a result of the sale, the Times-Herald's grandfathered protection for the radio and television stations was voided, but Times-Mirror was granted a waiver to keep the newspaper together with the television station, whose callsign was changed to KDFW-TV on July 2, 1970. KRLD radio was sold to Metromedia soon thereafter; the newspaper was sold off in 1986, and was shut down five years later. KDFW's original transmitter tower site was hit by a helicopter in 1968, damaging the tower. A similar accident occurred in 1987, when KRLD-TV's 1,521-foot-tall transmission tower in Cedar Hill (jointly owned by KDFW and WFAA), which was once considered the tallest television transmission tower in the world, was hit by a military jet that was performing training exercises. The two passengers survived, but the tower had to be reconstructed.
In March 1993, Times-Mirror announced its intention to divest itself of its television station properties, KDFW and the other Times-Mirror stations were sold to Argyle Television in a group deal. Early in 1994, KDFW began managing struggling independent station KDFI (channel 27) under a local marketing agreement; that station then began airing rebroadcasts KDFW's newscasts and select syndicated programs seen on the station.
As a Fox affiliate
In December 1993, Fox beat out CBS for the contract to carry the NFL's National Football Conference television package; New World Communications later reached an agreement to switch the network affiliations of its stations to Fox in May 1994. New World subsequently bought four Argyle stations – KDFW, KTVI in St. Louis, WVTM in Birmingham, Alabama, and KTBC in Austin. The purchase was finalized on April 14, 1995 (although New World had begun operating the Argyle stations through time brokerage agreements on January 19); KDFW and KTBC switched their affiliations to Fox on July 1 of that year (with KTVI following suit on August 7) – WVTM, meanwhile, remained an NBC affiliate because Birmingham's ABC affiliate WBRC was sold directly to Fox, though it would not affiliate with the network until its affiliation contract with ABC ended in 1996 (WVTM was subsequently sold to NBC before being purchased by current owner Media General). The switch resulted in a four-way affiliation swap: the CBS affiliation moved to independent station KTVT (channel 11), while former Fox O&O KDAF (channel 33; which Fox sold to Renaissance Broadcasting, whom later merged with the Tribune Company) took the WB affiliation from KXTX-TV (channel 39), which itself reverted to an independent due to a temporary arrangement in which KXTX would carry WB programming until KDAF assumed the affiliation once Fox moved to KDFW.
KDFW (which briefly branded as "Fox 4 Texas" upon the affiliation switch) was the second Fox owned-and-operated station to replace a previous Fox O&O; sister station WAGA in Atlanta replaced WATL in 1994 through the New World agreement. With Fox switching from UHF to VHF, Dallas-Fort Worth became one of a handful of markets where all of the "Big Four" networks were affiliated with stations on the VHF dial (along with New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Miami, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Honolulu, Boise and Anchorage; Reno joined this distinction in 1996, followed by Portland and Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2002; in both Boise and Honolulu, the Fox affiliation switched from one VHF station to another).
Upon the network switch, Dallas Cowboys football games moved back to KDFW after a one year absence; KDFW carried the Cowboys as a CBS affiliate through 1993, after which the NFC package moved from CBS to Fox (the first season that the Cowboys returned to channel 4, the team won the 1996 Super Bowl championship). Like most New World-owned stations, KDFW did not carry Fox Kids; it remained on KDAF until 1997, before moving to KDFI. News Corporation (then-parent of Fox) purchased KDFW and the LMA with KDFI in a group deal in July 1996, officially making channel 4 a Fox owned-and-operated station once the deal was finalized in early 1997. News Corporation eventually bought KDFI outright in 2000, creating a legal duopoly with KDFW.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||720p||16:9||KDFW-HD||Main KDFW programming / Fox|
KDFW shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 35. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.
As part of the SAFER Act, KDFW kept its analog signal on the air until July 12 to inform viewers of the digital television transition through a loop of public service announcements from the National Association of Broadcasters.
As a network-owned station, KDFW airs the entire Fox network schedule (primetime, Saturday late night and sports programming, and the political talk show Fox News Sunday). Syndicated programming seen on KDFW includes Live! with Kelly and Michael, The Wendy Williams Show, Judge Judy, Access Hollywood, TMZ on TV and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; it also airs children's programs designed to meet the FCC's E/I requirements on weekend mornings. The station began to broadcast a few off-network sitcoms (such as Seinfeld, King of the Hill, 3rd Rock From the Sun and Malcolm in the Middle) during the late 1990s and mid-2000s (since the 2008-2009 season, no off-network sitcoms are carried on its schedule – a rarity for a Fox station). Some of the syndicated court shows airing on the station air in both daytime and late night.
KDFW formerly served as the alternate carrier of Texas Rangers baseball games; sister station KDFI (channel 27) served as the team's official flagship (with games produced by co-owned regional sports network Fox Sports Southwest), until rights to Rangers games moved to KTXA, channel 21, in 2010).
In 1972, the station debuted 4 Country Reporter, hosted by Bob Phillips. Phillips left KDFW in 1986, and began selling the show in syndication, renaming it as Texas Country Reporter, the program now airs on stations in all of Texas' 22 television markets. KDFW did not acquire the syndicated version, which was instead carried by rival WFAA (branded as 8 Country Reporter).
|This section requires expansion with: further information on KDFW's news department, particularly prior to the Fox affiliation switch. (August 2010)|
KDFW presently broadcasts 48½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (eight hours on weekdays, four hours on Saturdays and 4½ hours on Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the largest local newscast output among the Dallas-Fort Worth market's broadcast television stations and the largest of any television station (and Fox station) in the state of Texas. In addition, KDFW produces a half-hour sports highlight program called Fox 4 Sports Sunday, which airs Sundays after the 9 p.m. newscast. The station's Sunday 5 p.m. newscast is subject to preemption and the Saturday 6 p.m. newscast is subject to delay due to overruns by Fox Sports telecasts.
From the time that KDFW became a Fox affiliate (and later owned-and-operated station) in 1995, the station has placed more emphasis on local news programming; maintaining a newscast schedule that is very similar to a CBS, ABC, or NBC affiliated station, along with the addition of a weeknight 5:30 p.m. newscast, an additional two hours of news on weekday mornings and the addition of an hour-long nightly newscast at 9 p.m. KDFW is one of several Fox stations with a newscast in the traditional late news timeslot (with the majority of Texas located in the Central Time Zone, at 10 p.m. in KDFW's case), in addition to the primetime (9 p.m.) newscast, along with one of the few to continue their Big Three-era 10 p.m. (or 11 p.m.) newscast after the affiliation switch. In 2006, Fox Television Stations Group started to push expansion into that timeslot (sister station KTBC in Austin had a 10 p.m. newscast for years after switching to Fox, which was moved to 9 p.m. in 2000). After the switch, KDFW's 10 p.m. newscast was scaled back to weeknights only (Fox late night programming airs on Saturdays at 10 p.m., while the sports wrap-up show Fox 4 Sports Sunday airs Sundays in that timeslot). KDFW is the only remaining Fox-owned station whose morning newscast does not run into the 9 a.m. hour; this is due to the station's longtime airing of Live! with Kelly and Michael in that timeslot.
Starting in 2006, the Fox-owned stations began revamping their sets and graphics to be more closely aligned with Fox News Channel, along with adopting standardized logos. KDFW debuted the new logo, set, graphics and news music on September 20, 2006 on its 9 p.m. newscast. The station also launched a new website, which features more news and video with the "myfox" name and interface. On February 18, 2009 at noon, KDFW became the fifth television station in the Dallas-Fort Worth market to begin broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition. On April 5, 2010, the station expanded its morning newscast by a half-hour, running from 4:30 to 9 a.m. On July 10, 2011, KDFW debuted a Sunday morning edition of its Good Day newscast (prior to that point, the only weekend morning newscast on KDFW was a two-hour Saturday morning newscast from 8-10 a.m., which remains on the station).
- The Esso Reporter (1949–1963)
- KRLD Evening Edition/KRLD Final Edition (1963-1967)
- Big News (1964-1967)
- 4 News Report (1968-1971)
- In-4-mation Central (1971-1972)
- 24 Hours/NewsScene (1972-1975)
- Eyewitness News (1975–1978)
- Channel 4 News (1978–1980 and 1984–1990)
- News 4 Dallas-Fort Worth (1980–1984)
- News 4 Texas (1990–1996; KDFW kept this news title after switch to Fox in 1995)
- Fox 4 News (1996–present)
- "Eyewitness News: Dallas/Fort Worth's #1 News Team" (1975–1978)
- "Hello Dallas" (1984–1989; during period station used Frank Gari's Hello News)
- "Channel 4 News, Working For You" (news slogan) / "Believing in Texas" (general slogan; 1989)
- "Your 24-Hour News Source" (1990–1995)
- "Fox 4 Texas" (1995–1996)
- "Nobody Gets You Closer" (1996–1997)
- "Fox 4: The News Station" (1997–2012; primary slogan from 2009–2012)
- "Fox 4: The News Leader" (2012–present; primary slogan)
- "Have You Had a Good Day?" (2002–present; used in morning newscast promos)
- "Now You Know" (2009–present; secondary news slogan)
Current on-air staff
- Jenny Anchando - weekend mornings on Good Day (7-9 Saturdays and 6-8 a.m. Sundays); also weekday morning reporter
- Steve Eagar - weeknights at 5:30, 6 and 9 p.m.
- Dan Godwin - weekdays at noon and Saturday mornings on Good Day (7-9 a.m.); also weekday morning reporter
- Heather Hays - weeknights at 6 and 9 p.m.
- Lauren Przybyl - weekday mornings on Good Day (4:30–9 a.m.)
- Richard Ray - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Tim Ryan - weekday mornings on Good Day (4:30–9 a.m.)
- Natalie Solis - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 9 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Clarice Tinsley - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- 4WARN AccuWeather
In addition to providing forecasts on KDFW, the 4WARN Weather Team also provides forecasts for KLIF (570 AM).
- Dan Henry (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 5:30, 6, 9 and 10 p.m.
- Evan Andrews (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekday mornings on Good Day (4:30–9 a.m.)
- Ron Jackson (AMS Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 9 p.m.
- Jennifer Myers (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal of Approval) - meteorologist; weekdays at noon and weekend mornings on Good Day (7-9 Saturdays and 6-8 a.m. Sundays)
- Sports team
- Mike Doocy - sports director; weeknights at 6, 9 and 10 p.m., also host of Sports Sunday
- Max Morgan - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and weekends at 9 p.m., also sports reporter
- Team Traffic
- Chip Waggoner - traffic anchor; weekday mornings Good Day (4:30-9 a.m.) and weeknights at 5 p.m.
- Todd Carruth - fill-in traffic anchor
- Fil Alvarado - general assignment reporter
- Dionne Anglin - general assignment reporter
- Lari Barager - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Calvert Collins - general assignment reporter
- Melissa Cutler - general assignment reporter
- Saul Garza - general assignment and "What's Buggin' You" feature reporter
- Fiona Gorostiza - weekday morning feature reporter (4:30-9 a.m.); also fill in weather anchor
- Doug Luzader - Fox News Washington D.C. correspondent
- Steve Noviello - "Fox 4 On Your Side" consumer reporter
- Becky Oliver - investigative reporter
- Shawn Rabb - general assignment reporter
- James Rose - general assignment and "Street Squad" feature reporter
- Latoya Silmon - weekday morning reporter (4:30-9 a.m.)
- Brandon Todd - general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff
- Rebecca Aguilar - reporter (1994-2008)
- Ashleigh Banfield - anchor (1995–2000; now with CNN)
- Katherine Creag - reporter (2002–2005; now at WNYW in New York City)
- Sam Donaldson - announcer (1959–1960; later with ABC News, retired)
- Wayne Freedman - reporter (1980–1981; now at KGO-TV in San Francisco)
- Frank Glieber - sports reporter/anchor (deceased)
- Cynthia Gouw - weekend anchor/reporter (1993–1994)
- Judd Hambrick - anchor (1972–1973)
- Dale Hansen - sports anchor (1980–1983; now at WFAA)
- Megan Henderson - Good Day anchor (2003–2009; now at KTLA in Los Angeles)
- Craig James - sports anchor (1992–1993; later with ABC Sports and ESPN)
- Dick Johnson - anchor (1976–1982; now at WMAQ-TV in Chicago)
- Bill Mercer - sportscaster/wrestling announcer (1953–1964)
- Mark Mullen - reporter (1989–1991; now at KNSD in San Diego)
- Bob Phillips - host of 4 Country Reporter (1972–1986; now host of Texas Country Reporter)
- Dick Risenhoover - sports anchor (1970–1973; deceased)
- James Spann - meteorologist (mid-1980s; now at WBMA-LP/WCFT/WJSU in Birmingham, AL)
- Casey Stegall - reporter (2005–2007; now with Fox News)
- Roger Twibell - sports reporter (1975–1976; now at Big Ten Network)
- Times Mirror confirms intention to exit TV station business, Broadcasting & Cable (via HighBeam Research), March 29, 1993.
- Times Mirror Reaches Accord to Sell Four Television Stations, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 1993.
- CBS, NBC Battle for AFC Rights // Fox Steals NFC Package, Chicago Sun-Times (via HighBeam Research), December 18, 1993.
- "Fox Gains 12 Stations in New World Deal". Chicago Sun-Times. May 23, 1994. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
- NBC and New World Announce Closing of Sale of Birmingham TV Station to NBC
- Media General Completes Purchase of Four NBC Television Stations
- Lowry, Brian (July 18, 1996). "New World Vision : Murdoch's News Corp. to Buy Broadcast Group". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDFW
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- "UPDATED List of Participants in the Analog Nightlight Program" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. June 12, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- Fox4's new Good Day Sunday gives Adrian Arambulo an anchor shot amid surrounding shot clocks, UncleBarky.com, July 11, 2011.
- KDFW 6 & 10PM News Opens 1986
- KDFW 1980 Intros
- KDFW 5 & 6pm News Opens 5-9-91
- KDFW Fox 4 News at 9 in HD Open
- KDFW Dallas/Fort Worth Channel 4-"Channel 4 News" 10:00pm Open June 1989
- WFAA KDFW opening and closings
- HAVE YOU HAD A GOOD DAY?
- Anchors and Reporters, MyFoxDFW.com, Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- "Mark Mullen Biography". KNSD-TV. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
- KDFW Fox 4 – 50 Years and Counting! (1999) KDFWFox4.com.
- MyFoxDFW.com - Official website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDFW
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDFW-TV
- Very old pictures from KRLD Radio and TV
- DFW Radio/TV History