|Fort Smith, Arkansas
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 44 (PSIP)
|Translators||KFFS-CD 36 (UHF) Fayetteville AR|
|Affiliations||Estrella TV (2016-present)|
|Owner||Pinnacle Media, LLC
(sale to Ellis-Wilson, LLC pending)
|First air date||January 15, 1988|
|Sister station(s)||KLRA-CD, KMYA-DT, KWNL-CD, KXUN-LD|
|Former affiliations||Fox (1988–1995)
Independent (1988–1995, 2009)
|Transmitter power||3 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KFDF-CD is a Class A low power television station in Fort Smith, Arkansas, broadcasting digitally on UHF channel 44 as an affiliate of Estrella TV and Cozi TV. The station is owned by Pinnacle Media, and has a digital translator in Fayetteville, KFFS-CD, on UHF channel 36. It is a sister station to Univision affiliates KWNL-CD and KXUN-LD.
The station began as K46BZ when the 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 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. Pharis also affiliated the station with the new network UPN. 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 . 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. Then, in October 2001, Equity switched the two stations' call letters - KPBI-LP channel 46 became KFDF-CA channel 10, having upgraded its license to Class A on August 27, 2001, and KFDF-LP channel 32 became KPBI-CA channel 46.
Under Equity's ownership, KFDF was controlled remotely via satellite from Equity's headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was relayed in encrypted 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 affiliate in Fort Smith until September 2007, when the network and Cox Communications launched a cable channel to carry the network. However, after KPBI-CA lost its Fox affiliation to KFTA-TV, 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.
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. 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.
After failing to find a buyer at a bankruptcy auction, 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), with Pinnacle assuming control under a local marketing agreement on August 5.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
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KFDF-CA is rebroadcast in the Fayetteville area on the following stations:
- KEGW-LD 30 (UHF 30) Fayetteville, Arkansas
- KKAF-CD 33 (UHF 33) Siloam Springs, Arkansas
- KRAH-CD 35 (UHF 35) Paris, Arkansas
- KFFS-CD 36 (UHF 36) Fayetteville, Arkansas
- What’s Wrong with MyTV? Archived 2009-01-13 at the Wayback Machine.
- TV Newsday: "Financial Dispute Disrupts RTN Diginet", 1/5/2009.
- "Equity stations still on the block". Television Business Report. April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "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.
- "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.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KFDF
- Galaxy 18 channel listing (Lyngsat)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFDF-CA
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFDF-CD
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFDF-LP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KFFS-CD
- Archive of KPBI-CA promos from the 1990s
- Archive of KFDF-CA promos from the 1990s