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Paducah, Kentucky/Harrisburg, Illinois/Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Jonesboro, Arkansas
United States
City of license Paducah
Branding My 49 WDKA
Channels Digital: 49 (UHF) &
KBSI-DT 22.2 (UHF)
Virtual: 49 (PSIP)
Subchannels 49.1 MyNetworkTV
49.2 GetTV
49.3 ZUUS Country
Translators KBSI-DT2 23.2 Cape Girardeau, MO
Affiliations MyNetworkTV (2006-present)
GetTV (DT2; 2014-present)
Owner WDKA Acquisition Corporation
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
First air date June 5, 1997 (1997-06-05)
Call letters' meaning PaDu(K)Ah
Sister station(s) KBSI
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
Height 327 m
Facility ID 39561
Transmitter coordinates 37°23′42.6″N 88°56′23.3″W / 37.395167°N 88.939806°W / 37.395167; -88.939806
Licensing authority FCC
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.

Since the Jonesboro metropolitan area doesn't have a MyNetworkTV affiliate of its own, WDKA channel 49 also serves Northeast Arkansas by default.

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. Another affiliate GetTV started broadcasting July 2014 (exact date unknown).

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
49.1 720p 16:9 WDKA-DT Main WDKA programming / MyNetworkTV
49.2 480i 4:3 GetTV
49.3 ZUUS Country

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 49.


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