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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Branding KSFY (general)
KSFY News (newscasts)
CW Sioux Falls (on DT2)
Slogan Expect More
Channels Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels 13.1 ABC
13.2 The CW
Affiliations ABC
Owner Hoak Media Corporation
(sale to Gray Television pending)
(Hoak Media of Dakota License, LLC)
First air date July 31, 1960
Call letters' meaning Sioux Falls
Former callsigns KSOO-TV (1960-1975)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1960-2009)
Digital: 29 (UHF)
Former affiliations NBC (1960-1982)
Transmitter power 22.7 kW
Height 610 m
Facility ID 48658
Transmitter coordinates 43°31′7″N 96°32′5.7″W / 43.51861°N 96.534917°W / 43.51861; -96.534917
Website www.ksfy.com

KSFY-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is currently owned by Hoak Media Corporation of Dallas, Texas. The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 13, and its transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota.


KSFY logo, used from 2004 to 2008.
KSFY logo, used from 2008 to 2011.

The station debuted on July 31, 1960 as KSOO-TV, the third station in Sioux Falls. It was owned by the South Dakota Broadcasting Company along with KSOO radio, and was an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. From 1960 to 1969, it operated as the flagship of a regional network with separately-owned KORN-TV in Mitchell (channel 5, now KDLT-TV on channel 46). KSOO-TV served the eastern portion of the market, while KORN-TV served the western portion. In 1969, the Federal Communications Commission forced the breakup of this network, and KSOO-TV became a sole NBC affiliate.

In 1970, it bought KXAB-TV in Aberdeen to boost its coverage in northeastern South Dakota. As part of the sale, KXAB's calls changed to KCOO-TV. The two stations were bought by Forum Publishing Company of Fargo, North Dakota in 1975, and switched their call letters to the current KSFY and KABY. KPRY-TV in Pierre was added a year later. In 1982, KSFY swapped affiliations with channel 5, then known as KXON-TV, and became an ABC affiliate. ABC was the top-rated network at the time, and wanted to be on a stronger station. Additionally, KSFY had three full-power transmitters to KXON's one.

Forum sold the KSFY stations to Aflac in 1985. Aflac sold its broadcasting division to Retirement Systems of Alabama in 1996, who merged it with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media. In 2004, Raycom sold the KSFY stations to The Wicks Group of Companies.

Hoak bought KSFY and its satellite stations in July 2006, as well as KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV (LMA with Catamount Broadcasting) of Fargo and KFYR-TV of Bismarck, North Dakota and its satellite stations. The sale was approved by the FCC on November 17, 2006. On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KSFY and its satellites, to Gray Television.[1]

Satellite stations[edit]

KSFY is rebroadcast on the following television stations for these satellites.

Station City of license Channels First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KABY-TV1 Aberdeen
Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
November 27, 1958 19.4 kW 427 m 48659 45°6′22.9″N 97°53′58″W / 45.106361°N 97.89944°W / 45.106361; -97.89944 (KABY-TV)
KPRY-TV Pierre Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
January 30, 1976 311 kW 347 m 48660 44°3′7.2″N 100°5′4.2″W / 44.052000°N 100.084500°W / 44.052000; -100.084500 (KPRY-TV)


  • 1. KABY-TV used the callsign KXAB-TV from its 1958 sign-on until 1970, and then KCOO-TV from 1970 to 1975.

Until 2013, programming from KSFY was also rebroadcast on translator K07QL in Mitchell.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel PSIP Short Name Video Aspect Programming
13.1 KSFY 720p 16:9 Main KSFY-TV programming / ABC
13.2 KSFY-CW CW Sioux Falls

On September 10, 2012, KSFY-TV added programming from The CW on a new second digital subchannel.[2] It is part of The CW Plus,[3] and replaced KWSD as Sioux Falls' CW affiliate.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

On February 17, 2009, KSFY and its satellite stations ceased their analog signals, flash-cutting their signals to digital.


KSFY-TV clears the entire ABC network schedule, including the network's Saturday morning block Litton's Weekend Adventure. Syndicated programming currently broadcast on KSFY-TV includes: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jeopardy!, Live! with Kelly, Inside Edition, Extra, Wheel of Fortune and Criminal Minds. KSFY is one of the few television stations in the United States that continues to sign off the air during the overnight hours, going off the air on Saturday nights between 2:05 and 5 a.m.

News operation[edit]

Currently, KSFY broadcasts a total of 19½ hours of local newscasts each week, with 3½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays. KSFY has been nominated for numerous Midwest Emmy Awards.

On August 1, 2011, KSFY became the first television station in the Sioux Falls market and in the state of South Dakota to begin producing its local newscasts in high definition from their studio only, and not from the field; the station unveiled a new HD-ready set, and dropped Action News from its newscast and station branding, and renaming its newscasts as KSFY News (which the station used from 2004 to 2008).

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KSOO-TV News (1960–1975)
  • Eyewitness News (1975–1990s)
  • KSFY Dakota First News (1990s–2004)[4]
  • KSFY News (2004–2008 and 2011–present)
  • KSFY Action News (2008–2011)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "KSFY is for You" (2004–2008)
  • "Get In On The Action, With Action News" (2008–2010; news slogan)
  • "Your Action News Channel" (2008–2011; news/non-news programming slogan)
  • "Its A New Day, Start Fresh" (Live This Morning slogan; 2009–2011)
  • "Your Weather Connection... Anytime... Anywhere" (weather slogan; 2009–2010)
  • "Expect More" (2012-present)
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News team[5][edit]


  • Brian Allen - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Courtney Collen - Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.; also weeknight reporter
  • Nancy Naeve - weekday mornings KSFY Morning News
  • Paige Pearson - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.

KSFY Weather

  • Phil Schreck (AMS Seal of Approval) - senior meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Shawn Cable (NWA Seal of Approval) - meteorologist/anchor; weekday mornings KSFY Morning News
  • Adam Koslen - meteorologist; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.

Sports team

  • Erik Thorstenson - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Matt Peterson - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5:30 and weekends at 10 p.m.


  • Bridget Bennent - general assignment reporter
  • Rachel Gabrielsen - morning reporter
  • Jake Iversen - medical reporter
  • Mark Roper - general assignment reporter

Station Management[edit]

• Jim Berman - General Manager
• Kevin King - News Director
• Jeff Cleland - Assistant News Director/Assignment Manager
• Jeff Morlan - Operations/Programming Manager

Out-of-market cable coverage[edit]

Some cable systems like CSI Cable in Jamestown discontinued carrying the service after January 1 2009, due to duplication of networks already carried while others do to the demands for retransmition rights. And in some cases both reasons.


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