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  • Pinnacle Media
  • (KTV Media, LLC)
First air date
March 30, 1990 (33 years ago) (1990-03-30)
Former call signs
  • K46BZ (1988–1995)
  • KPBI-LP (1995–2001)
  • KFDF-CA (2001–2013)
  • KFDF-CD:
  • KFDF-LD (2006–2012)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 46 (UHF, 1988–2001), 10 (VHF, 2001–2009)
  • Digital: 44 (UHF, 2009–2018)
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID168154
ERP15 kW
HAAT130.8 m (429 ft)
Transmitter coordinates35°26′51.3″N 94°21′54.8″W / 35.447583°N 94.365222°W / 35.447583; -94.365222
Public license information
  • Pinnacle Media
  • (KTV Media, LLC)
FoundedSeptember 25, 1989 (34 years ago) (1989-09-25)
Former call signs
Technical information[2]
Facility ID52426
ERP15 kW
HAAT114.9 m (377 ft)
Transmitter coordinates36°8′50″N 94°11′14″W / 36.14722°N 94.18722°W / 36.14722; -94.18722 (KPBI-CD)
Public license information

KFDF-CD (channel 44) is a low-power, Class A television station in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States, affiliated with the Spanish-language Estrella TV network. It is owned by Pinnacle Media alongside Univision affiliates KWNL-CD and KXUN-LD. KFDF-CD's transmitter is located on Pernot Road in Van Buren, Arkansas.

KPBI-CD (channel 31) in Winslow operates as a translator of KFDF-CD; this station's transmitter is located on South 56th Street in Springdale.


The station began as K46BZ when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an original construction permit to Family Media of Ft. Smith to build a low-power television station on UHF channel 46. In October 1988, Family Media transferred the construction permit to Pharis Broadcasting, who brought the station on the air as a Fox affiliate and obtained its initial license on March 30, 1990.

In the mid-1990s, the FCC began to allow low-power stations to have four-letter callsigns, and in September 1995, the station took the call letters KPBI-LP, for Pharis Broadcasting Inc. In June 1998, claiming displacement, Pharis Broadcasting requested to move the station to VHF channel 10; the FCC granted the request in October 1998. Before finishing the move, Pharis sold KPBI-LP to Equity Broadcasting in a deal finalized in June 2001, along with several other stations.[3] One of those stations was KFDF-LP, at the time operating on channel 32. In September 2001, Equity requested Special Temporary Authority to move KFDF-LP to channel 46, being vacated by KPBI-LP. A month later, Equity switched the two stations' call letters, with the former KPBI moving to channel 10 as UPN affiliate KFDF-CA, and the former KFDF moving to channel 46 as Fox affiliate KPBI-CA.

Under Equity's ownership, KFDF was controlled remotely via satellite from Equity's headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was relayed in encrypted[citation needed] form via the satellite Galaxy 18 (Ku-band transponder 21). This was true of most of the company's stations.

KFDF-CA lost its UPN affiliation in September 2006, when the network and The WB closed and merged to form The CW Television Network. Equity Broadcasting originally announced that the station would affiliate with MyNetworkTV, instead of joining The CW, which had no over-the-air affiliate in Fort Smith until April 2008, when ABC affiliate KHBS (channel 40) launched a new CW-affiliated second subchannel. However, after KPBI-CA lost its Fox affiliation to then-NBC affiliate KFTA-TV (channel 24), Equity announced that KPBI-CA would join MyNetworkTV, and KFDF-CA would instead join Retro Television Network once UPN went off the air; KPBI was scheduled to join it once WB goes off the air but joined MyNetworkTV on September 22, 2006.[4]

On January 4, 2009, a contract conflict between Equity and Luken Communications (who had acquired RTN from Equity in June 2008), interrupted the programming on many RTN affiliates.[5] As a result, Luken restored a national RTN feed from its headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, via SES Americom-owned satellite AMC 9 (83.0°W), with individual feeds to non-Equity-owned affiliates to follow on a piecemeal basis. As a result, KFDF-CA lost its RTN affiliation immediately, though Luken vows to find a new affiliate for RTN in the area.[6]

After failing to find a buyer at a bankruptcy auction,[7] KFDF was sold to Pinnacle Media in August 2009 (after having initially been included in Silver Point Finance's acquisition on June 2 of several Equity stations[8]), with Pinnacle assuming control under a local marketing agreement on August 5.[9]

Technical information[edit]


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KFDF-CD[10]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
44.1 720p 16:9 KFDF Main KFDF-CD programming / Estrella TV
44.2 480i Dabl
44.3 4:3 HSN
44.4 Jewelry TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

As a low-powered station, it is not impacted by the 2009 digital television transition. On September 25, 2013, the station turned off its analog signal.

Former translators[edit]

KKAF-LD 30 (UHF 30) in Fayetteville and KEGW-CD 33 (UHF 33) in Siloam Springs previously rebroadcast KFDF-CD as well, but are now carrying KSJF-CD.


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KFDF-CD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KPBI-CD". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/forms/prod/cdbsmenu.hts?context=25&appn=100560130&formid=314&fac_num=52426[dead link]
  4. ^ Boulden, Ben. "Fox Switch Planned Monday". Nwaonline.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2006.
  5. ^ What’s Wrong with MyTV? Archived January 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (January 5, 2009). "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet". TV NewsDay. Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2006.
  7. ^ "Equity stations still on the block". Television Business Report. April 20, 2009. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  8. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 15, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  9. ^ "APPLICATION FOR CONSENT TO ASSIGNMENT OF BROADCAST STATION CONSTRUCTION PERMIT OR LICENSE". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. August 14, 2009. Retrieved August 25, 2009.
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KFDF

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