|KDLT: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
KDLV: Mitchell, South Dakota
KDLT News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We Know What Matters|
KDLT: 47 (UHF)
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
KDLV: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 5 (PSIP)
46.2/5.2 Cozi TV
|Affiliations||NBC (1960-1969, 1983-present)|
|Owner||Red River Broadcasting
(Red River Broadcast Company, LLC)
|First air date||KDLT: June 12, 1960
(on channel 5, moved to channel 46 on September 8, 1998)|
KDLV: September 8, 1998
|Call letters' meaning||KDLT: K-DakotaLand Television (former owners)
KDLV: K-DakotaLand V (Roman numeral 5)
|Former callsigns||KDLT:KORN-TV (1960-1972)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
46 (UHF, 1998-2009)
5 (VHF, 1960-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1969-1983)|
|Transmitter power||KDLT: 1000 kW
KDLV: 1000 kW
|Height||KDLT: 608 m
KDLV: 315 m
|Facility ID||KDLT: 55379
|Public license information:||/ KDLV-TV Profile
/ KDLV-TV CDBS
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.
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. So on May 12 of that year, 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 and identified at that time 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. The next year, 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. akotaland Broadcasting eventually sold KDLT to Heritage Broadcasting in 1985. 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, KDLV operates under KDLT's old license on channel 5. KDLT's current facility, on channel 46 in Sioux Falls, is officially a new license; its construction permit was issued on April 1, 1997 under the call letters KDLV; the two stations swapped callsigns on September 8, 1998.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|Main programming / NBC|
KDLT-TV & KDLV-TV shut down their analog signals, respectively over UHF & VHF channels 46 & 5, on February 1, 2009. Both stations' digital signals remained on their pre-transition UHF channels 47 & 26. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display both stations' virtual channels as their former UHF & VHF analog channels 46 & 5.
|This section requires expansion with: further information on KDLT-TV's news operation. (December 2011)|
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.
- Metro News (1960s-1970s)
- Sioux First News (1970s-1980s)
- KDLT News (1980s-1990s & 1999–present)
- News 5 (1990s-1999)
- "We Know What Matters"
- "Working for You"
- "It's About Award Winning Journalism" (2004–present)
- Tom Hanson - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Paul Heinert - weeknights at 5 p.m.; also news director
- Jill Johnson - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
- Phil McIlrath - weekday mornings on KDLT Today (5:30-7 a.m.)
- Meagan Millage - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
- Laura Monteverdi - weekday mornings on KDLT Today (5:30 - 7 a.m.); also reporter
- Brandon Spinner - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
- Stephanie Barichello - meteorologist; weekday mornings on KDLT Today (5:30-7 a.m.)
- Brian Kirk - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10 p.m.
- Mark Ovenden - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Zach Borg - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5, and weekends at 10 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Max Jensen - general assignment reporter; also chief photographer
- Breanna Fuss - general assignment reporter
- Betsy Jibben - general assignment reporter
- Jeff Rusack - general assignment reporter
Besides KDLV, the programming of KDLT is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
- K27HJ Pierre
- K33GX Springfield
- K33HC Aberdeen
- K35GR Badger
- K40FZ Brookings
- K42FI Watertown
- K44GG Murdo
Transmitter antenna replacement
- FCC callsign history for KDLV-TV
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDLT
- RabbitEars TV Query for KDLV
- "Digital Antenna: Sioux Falls, SD 57101". SiliconDust.com. Silicondust USA, Inc. - HDHomeRun. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "KDLT News". KDLT.com. Red River Broadcast Co., LLC. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "TitanTV Programming Guide - KDLV and KDLT". TitanTV.com. Broadcast Intrractive Media, L.L.C. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Meet the KDLT News Team
- KDLT.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDLT
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KDLV
- FCC TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files for KDLT
- FCC TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files for KDLV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDLT-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KDLV-TV