KFDA-TV

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KFDA-TV
KFDA-TV's logo as of 2006
Amarillo, Texas
United States
Branding NewsChannel 10
Slogan The Most Watched News In The Panhandle
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 10.1 CBS
10.2 NewsChannel 10 Too
10.3 Telemundo
10.4 NewsChannel 10 24/7
Translators (see article)
Affiliations CBS Television Network
Owner Drewry Communications Group
(Panhandle Telecasting Company)
First air date April 4, 1953
Sister station(s) KEYU, KTMO-LP, KAMT-LP, KZBZ-LP
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1953-2009)
Digital: 9 (VHF)
Former affiliations UPN (subchannel, to 2006)
Transmitter power 20.8 kW
Height 466 meters (1,529 ft)
Facility ID 51466
Transmitter coordinates 35°17′34″N 101°50′42″W / 35.29278°N 101.84500°W / 35.29278; -101.84500
Website www.newschannel10.com

KFDA-TV, virtual channel 10, is the CBS-affiliated television station in Amarillo, Texas. The station is currently owned by the Drewry Communications Group. Its transmitter is located in Amarillo. The station is broadcast throughout its coverage area across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, eastern New Mexico and southwestern Kansas over-the-air as well as cable carriage and through a network of 19 additional UHF translators in distant locations. Syndicated programming on KFDA includes: Dr. Phil, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Jeopardy!, and The Doctors.

The KFDA studios and main transmitter are co-located in unincorporated Potter County north of Amarillo, one mile west of the U.S. 87/287 and Cherry Road intersection.

Digital television[edit]

Former logo for KZBZ, before becoming News Channel 10 Too

Drewry also operates independent station KZBZ on digital channel 10-2. Previously, KZBZ was UPN Amarillo, which launched to replace KCPN-LP as that network's affiliate. A digital subchannel of KVII-TV gained the affiliation for the new CW network, which merged the programming assets of both UPN and The WB, while KCPN affiliated with the News Corporation-owned MyNetworkTV. KTMO-LP, the Telemundo affiliated station's digital signal, occupies channel 10-3. On January 31, 2014, LATV Amarillo was replaced by a 24/7 local news and weather channel from KFDA called "NewsChannel 10 24/7". [1]

KFDA's broadcasts became digital-only, effective June 12, 2009.[2]

Channel Aspect Format Programming
10.1 16:9 1080i main KFDA-TV programming / CBS HD
10.2 4:3 480i Simulcast of KZBZ-LP ("NewsChannel 10 Too")
10.3 Simulcast of KEYU (Telemundo)
10.4 "NewsChannel 10 24/7" (24/7 Local News and Weather)

History[edit]

The station signed on the air on April 4, 1953, beating NBC affiliate KAMR-TV (channel 4) to the airwaves within a little over two weeks; the station was originally locally owned by KFDA, Inc. In 1959, KFDA-TV was sold to The Martin Theaters Company. KFDA operated satellite stations during the 1960s and 1970s in Clovis, New Mexico and in Sayre, Oklahoma. The Clovis station was KFDW-TV (channel 12), which was a KFDA satellite from 1964 to 1976 and is currently KVIH-TV, a satellite of Amarillo's ABC affiliate, KVII-TV (channel 7). The Sayre station was KFDO-TV Channel 8 and operated as a KFDA repeater from 1966 to 1976, when it was sold to KVII and operated as satellite station KVIJ-TV until it ceased operations in 1992.

In 1971, The Martin Theaters Company of stations were sold to Cosmos Broadcasting Company (Orion Television) and in 1986, Cosmos Broadcasting sold the station to current owners Drewry Communications Group. In 2002, KFDA-TV was the first Amarillo station to simulcast in high definition.

Drewry had planned to sell its stations to London Broadcasting in 2008;[3] however, by January 2009, the deal fell through.[4]

On February 23, 2011[citation needed] KFDA became the first television station in the West Texas region to upgrade its local newscasts to high definition, and also upgraded its master control facilities to allow syndicated programming to be broadcast in HD.[5]

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

Translators[edit]

KFDA is rebroadcast on the following low power stations:

References[edit]

  1. ^ NewsChannel 10 launches source for local 24/7 news and weather NewsChannel10.com, January 31, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=9797488
  3. ^ "NewsChannel 10 is purchased by London Broadcasting". NewsChannel 10. June 30, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "London adds a market, leaves a crater". Television Business Report. January 16, 2009. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ George Winslow, "West Texas Gets Hi-Def News," Broadcasting & Cable, March 7, 2011.

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