KDMI

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KDMI
Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Branding TCT TV
Slogan Changing the way you see Inspirational Television
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 19 (PSIP)
Subchannels 19.1/.2 TCT
19.3 Light TV
Affiliations TCT (O&O; 2016–present)
Owner Tri-State Christian Television
(Dove Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date August 28, 2006; 11 years ago (2006-08-28)
Call letters' meaning Des Moines, Iowa
Former channel number(s) Digital:
19 (UHF, 2006–2009)
Former affiliations America One (2006–2009)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2009; secondary, 2011–2014)
This TV (2009–2016)
Transmitter power 839 kW
Height 610 m (2,001 ft)
Facility ID 78915
Transmitter coordinates 41°49′48″N 93°36′54″W / 41.83000°N 93.61500°W / 41.83000; -93.61500
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.tct.tv

KDMI is a TCT Network owned-and-operated television station licensed to Des Moines, Iowa, United States. It broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 19 (also the station's virtual channel via PSIP) from a transmitter located in Alleman, Iowa. Owned by Tri-State Christian Television, KDMI maintains studio facilities on Southwest 7th Street in downtown Des Moines. On cable, the station is available on Mediacom channel 3.[1]

History[edit]

KDMI signed on August 28, 2006 as an America One affiliate.[2] MyNetworkTV programming was added upon its launch on September 5. As MyNetworkTV's primetime lineup only aired six days a week for two hours, America One programming was retained in all other timeslots. By the fall of 2007, KDMI began carrying some first-run syndicated programs, including Family Feud and TMZ on TV.

In 2009, America One was dropped in favor of This TV; the station initially discontinued the MyNetworkTV affiliation following its conversion to a programming service (one program from the service, WWE SmackDown, then aired on KCWI until September 11, 2010 when the program moved to cable channel Syfy later that October). Outside of some syndicated programming, KDMI's schedule was then filled solely by This TV; however, as of October 3, 2011, KDMI re-affiliated with MyNetworkTV, although the station aired the service's programming 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (some nights 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., depending on the length of one of This TV's second primetime movie broadcasts). KDMI dropped MyNetworkTV once again after September 27, 2014; the MyNetworkTV affiliation was later moved to a subchannel of KCCI on December 1, 2014.

The KDMI call letters were previously used for two different radio stations in Des Moines. From 1960 to 1994 they were used at 97.3 FM, a Christian radio station owned by Buddy Tucker. After 97.3 became KHKI, the KDMI call letters were moved to 1460 AM before that station became KXNO at the beginning of 2001.[3]

On January 6, 2016, Pappas Telecasting filed to sell KDMI to Tennessee non-profit corporation Dove Broadcasting, Inc., for $1 million.[4][5] Although TCT began operating the station on March 14 under a local marketing agreement (LMA), the sale was formally consummated on April 27.[6] Prior to the sale's closing, it was one of the few television stations in the country to carry the This TV network affiliation on its primary channel.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
19.1 1080i 16:9 Tri-State Christian Television
19.2 480i 4:3
19.3 Light TV

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