Cape Girardeau, Missouri/
|City of license||Paducah|
|Branding||My 49 WDKA|
|Channels||Digital: 49 (UHF) &
KBSI-DT 22.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
49.3 The Country Network
|Owner||WDKA Acquisition Corporation
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|First air date||June 5, 1997|
|Call letters' meaning||PaDu(K)Ah|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
49 (UHF, 1997-2009)
50 (UHF, -2010)
|Former affiliations||UPN (1997-2000)
The WB (2000-2006)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WDKA is the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station for the Jackson Purchase area of Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, and Southeastern Missouri that is licensed to Paducah, Kentucky. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 49 from a transmitter in Vienna, Illinois. Locally-owned, the station is operated through a local marketing agreement (LMA) by the Sinclair Broadcast Group as sister to Fox affiliate KBSI. The two stations share studios on Enterprise Street in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
It can also be seen on KBSI's second digital subchannel (UHF channel 22.2) in standard definition from a transmitter north of Cape Girardeau in rural Cape Girardeau County.
WDKA began broadcasting on June 5, 1997. It aired an analog signal on UHF channel 49 and was a UPN affiliate. In 2000, WDKA switched affiliations with low-powered WQTV-LP and became a WB affiliate. The station became a MyNetworkTV affiliate on September 5, 2006.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|49.1||720p||16:9||WDKA-DT||Main WDKA programming / MyNetworkTV|
|49.3||The Country Network|
WDKA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 49, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 50. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WDKA
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.