|Fort Worth–Dallas, Texas
|Branding||MundoFox 52 Dallas-Fort Worth|
|Channels||Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 52 (PSIP)
|Owner||HIC Broadcast, Inc.|
|First air date||September 1, 1988|
|Call letters' meaning||Fort Worth-Dallas|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
52 (UHF, 1988–2009)
Digital: 51 (UHF, –2009)
|Former affiliations||Telemundo (1988–2002)
|Transmitter power||55 kW|
|Height||546 meters (1,791 ft)|
|Website||MundoFox Dallas Page|
KFWD, virtual channel 52 (VHF digital channel 9), is a MundoFox-affiliated television station located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States which also serves Dallas and the surrounding metropolitan area. The station is owned by HIC Broadcast, Inc. KFWD maintains offices located on West Story Road in Irving, and its transmitter is located in Cedar Hill. KFWD is available on channel 14 through Verizon FiOS and most Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications systems in North Texas, and on AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV and Dish Network channel 52.
The station first signed on the air on September 1, 1988 as a Telemundo affiliate. Until late 2000, KFWD signed off the air during the overnight hours each night. The station lost its affiliation with the network when NBC, which had recently acquired Telemundo, bought KXTX-TV (channel 39) in 2001. During KFWD's final month as a Telemundo affiliate, the station aired English language infomercials during the morning and overnight hours. On January 1, 2002, KFWD became an English language general entertainment independent station. It acquired syndicated programs displaced by both KXTX and KSTR-TV (channel 49) when both stations affiliated with Spanish language networks on that date – KXTX having joined Telemundo while KSTR joined TeleFutura (such as Real TV and Access Hollywood). The station also began carrying live sporting events including the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament, as well as FC Dallas and Dallas Sidekicks soccer games that were dropped from KLDT (channel 55, now KAZD).
Belo Corporation began managing the station in 2006, providing advertising sales assistance, certain technical services and facilities to support the operations of KFWD; repurposed editions of WFAA's newscasts (consisting of simulcasts of Monday-Saturday 6 p.m. and Sunday-Friday 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as that station's Sunday 5:30 p.m. newscast) and other programs seen on that station (such as The Dr. Oz Show) were also broadcast on the station. Belo also operated KFWD.tv, the station's website, using a website platform similar to Belo's other stations. The management agreement included an option to purchase KFWD and create a duopoly with ABC affiliate WFAA (channel 8); this option was never exercised.
On October 17, 2011, KFWD changed its programming format, placing a strong emphasis on classic television series. The new "Classic TV" logo and branding was first unveiled on the station's YouTube channel on August 3, 2011, and later on KFWD's Facebook page on October 7. It was then rolled out to the station's website one month later.
On June 11, 2012, It was announced that KFWD would revert to a Spanish language format as a charter affiliate of MundoFox; it switched to the network when it "soft launched" on select affiliates on August 1, 2012 at 6 a.m. local time (the network's formal launch date was on August 13). As a result, Belo ended its management agreement with KFWD owner HIC Broadcasting. The last program aired on KFWD as an English language independent was The Shepherd's Chapel at 5 a.m. on August 1 (despite being an English language program, The Shepherd's Chapel returned to KFWD's schedule one month later). There was no formal on-air announcement of the programming change, except for a message posted on KFWD's Facebook page reading "it has been a pleasure". Many of the programs formerly seen on KFWD during its classic television format now airs on Me-TV (whose local affiliate KTXD-TV, channel 47, joined the network shortly before KFWD's format change), and on Antenna TV (which is affiliated with KDAF's second digital subchannel).
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|52.1||1080i||16:9||KFWD-HD||Main KFWD programming / MundoFox|
Prior to becoming a MundoFox affiliate, KFWD carried a standard definition simulcast of its main channel on digital subchannel 52.2.
KFWD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 52, 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 51 to VHF channel 9 (which previously served as the pre-transition digital channel allocation of WFAA, which moved its digital signal to its former analog-era VHF channel 8 at the same time as KFWD's switch), using PSIP to display KFWD's virtual channel as 52 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
- Your Entertainment Getaway (2002–2005)
- Just Fun TV (2007–2011)
- Simply Classic (primary slogan; 2011–2012)
- Tune into the Times. (secondary slogan; 2011–2012)
- KFWD 2011 on YouTube (Uploaded August 3, 2011)
- KFWD - TV 52's Official Facebook Page (accessed October 17, 2011)
- Bark, Ed (M=June 11, 2012). "Manana: KFWD-TV set to become D-FW's Spanish language MundoFox affiliate, ending association with Belo-owned WFAA8". Uncle Barky's Bytes. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KFWD
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- CDBS Print
- MundoFox - Conexion En Vivo Page for Dallas
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFWD
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KFWD-TV
- DFW Radio/TV History