KLAF-LD

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KLAF-LD
KADN-KLAF News15 logo.png
Lafayette, Louisiana
United States
Branding NBC 15.2 (general)
News 15 (newscasts)
Slogan Focused on Family And The Community
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
Subchannels 46.1 NBC
Translators KADN-TV 15.2
Affiliations NBC (2015–present)
Owner Bayou City Broadcasting
(BCBL License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date 1992; 25 years ago (1992)
Call letters' meaning Lafayette
Sister station(s) KADN-TV
Former callsigns K46DG (1999)
K58GA (1999–2007)
KOPP-LP (2007)
KLAF-LP (2007–2012)
Former affiliations Primary:
Channel America (1992–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2015)
Secondary:
PTEN (1993–1995)
WB (1995–1999)
CBS (2000–2005)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website kadn.com

KLAF-LD, channel 46 is an NBC-affiliated low-powered television station located in Lafayette, Louisiana. The station is owned by Bayou City Broadcasting, and operates as a sister station to Fox affiliate KADN-TV (which telecasts KLAF on its second subchannel). Both stations share studio facilities located on Eraste Landry Road in Lafayette; KLAF-LD maintains transmitter facilities located on Ole Colony Road, in Scott, Louisiana.

History[edit]

KLAF's origins begin in 1991 when Delta Media (who then owned KADN) signed on low-power K62DW in Lafayette as "K62TV". In its beginnings, K62TV broadcast mostly Channel America programming mixed in with some repurposed local shows from KADN - such as Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler and In Brief - along with local USL sports and Houston Astros baseball games. K62DW was renamed to Variety TV in late 1993 and VTV shortly thereafter.

When UPN launched in January 1995, K62DW became a charter affiliate as "UPN Lafayette" and dropped Channel America programming. At the same time, Delta Media signed on translators in New Iberia (K55HA) and Church Point (K69HD) and K62DW picked up the callsign KLAF-LP. Shortly after the KLAF-LP transmitter moved to Opelousas and K46DG signed on in Lafayette. KLAF added a secondary WB affiliation in August 1995 but lost it in 1998 when the WB100+ network of cable stations was launched. KLAF went through branding changes in 1997, when "UPN Lafayette" was dropped in favor of "KLAF," then in 2004, under pressure from the network to standardize all affiliates' branding, KLAF became "UPN 17," reflecting its cable position on the local cable system. From 2000 to 2005, KLAF-LD also served as a secondary CBS affiliate, clearing programs that the area's main affiliate KLFY-TV did not.

UPN and the WB announced in early 2006 that network operations would shutter that September. Shortly after the announcement Fox created the MyNetworkTV syndication service, and on March 15, 2006, it was announced that KLAF would become Lafayette's MyNetworkTV affiliate [1] at the network's launch in September. During a transitional period that ran from August 15, 2006 to September 4, 2006, the on-air branding reverted to "KLAF", with no network or channel number designation. On September 4, 2006, KLAF became a full-fledged MyNetworkTV affiliate as "MyKLAF TV."

In June 2006, then-owner Communications Corporation of America (ComCorp) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station. ComCorp emerged from bankruptcy in October 2007.[1]

On April 24, 2013, Communications Corporation of America announced the sale of its entire group (including flagship KADN and KLAF) to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.[2] The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[3]

On July 1, 2015, KLAF-LD changed affiliations to NBC, the network's first affiliate in Lafayette since the 1975 shutdown of KLNI (channel 15, now occupied by KADN-TV); in the interim, area cable systems imported KPLC from Lake Charles (Lafayette's default NBC station at the time), KALB-TV from Alexandria, and/or sister station WVLA-TV from Baton Rouge for NBC programming. MyNetworkTV programming moved to the 15.3 subchannel on KADN-TV;[4] KADN's 15.2 subchannel continues to simulcast KLAF.

On January 27, 2016, Nexstar announced it would acquire Media General for $4.6 billion. Since Media General owned CBS affiliate KLFY-TV, and since the Lafayette market is too small to allow duopolies in any case, in order to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as planned changes to rules regarding same-market television stations which would prohibit future joint sales agreements, the company was required to sell either KLFY or sister station KADN to another company. KLAF-LD was the only station involved in the deal that could be legally acquired, since FCC rules allow for the common ownership of full-power and low-power stations in the same market, regardless of the number of stations in that market.[5][6] On May 27, 2016, Nexstar announced that it would keep KLFY-TV and sell KLAF-LD, along with KADN-TV, to Bayou City Broadcasting for $40 million. The sale was finalized January 17, 2017.[7] According to sources from KADN FOX 15 and BCBL, KLAF-LD NBC 46.1 will remain for some time but eventually may go dark unless the FCC opens up new filing windows to Voluntarily relocate LPTV Stations in the future.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
46.1 720p 16:9 KLAF-LD Main KLAF-LD programming / NBC

Digital transition[edit]

KLAF previously broadcast its analog signal on UHF channel 62, but because of its low power output and distance from the city of Lafayette, it was relayed across a small network of three translator stations:

  • K58GA (channel 46) in Lafayette
  • K55HA (channel 55) in New Iberia
  • K69HD (channel 69) in Church Point

In August 2007, KLAF began to make the transition to a single, full-market station as programming was added to KADN-TV on channel 15.2. One by one, the translators were taken off the air, beginning with K69HD (Church Point) on October 25 until only K58GA (Lafayette) remained. On November 9, 2007, K58GA became KOPP-LP, in preparation to move KLAF-LP's calls there. On July 5, 2012, the station changed its call sign to KLAF-LD, upon conversion to digital transmission.

Newscasts[edit]

Concurrent with KLAF-LD's move to NBC, the station began simulcasting newscasts from virtual sister station WVLA-TV (the station that KLAF replaced on channels 3 and 1003 in Cox's Lafayette system) on July 1, 2015.[4]

On March 31, 2016, Nexstar announced that KLAF (alongside sister station KADN) would launch its own news department on April 1 at 5:00 pm. The formation of the news department resulted in the hiring of 24 news and production employees.[9]

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