|Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
KSFY News (newscasts)
CW Sioux Falls (on DT2)
MeTV Sioux Falls (on DT3)
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||ABC (secondary 1960–1969, primary 1983–present)|
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||July 31, 1960|
|Call letters' meaning||Sioux Falls, disambiguation of last call letter for former owner Forum's flagship station WDAY|
|Former callsigns||KSOO-TV (1960–1975)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
13 (VHF, 1960–2009)
29 (UHF, until 2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1960–1983)|
|Transmitter power||22.7 kW|
|Height||610 m (2,001 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KSFY-TV is a dual ABC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 13 from a transmitter near Rowena. Owned by Gray Television, KSFY maintained studios on North Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls until 2016, when the station moved to Courthouse Square.
KSFY is rebroadcast on a satellite station in central South Dakota:
|Station||City of license||Channels
|First air date||Call letters' meaning||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Public license information|
|January 30, 1976||PieRre||311 kW||347 m (1,138 ft)||48660||Profile|
KSFY was previously rebroadcast on a satellite station in northeastern South Dakota:
|Station||City of license
(other cities served)
|First air date||Last air date||Call letters' meaning||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates|
|November 27, 1958||January 12, 2017
(License canceled on April 6, 2018)
|ABerdeen||19.4 kW||427 m (1,401 ft)||48659|
- 1. KABY-TV used the callsign KXAB-TV from its 1958 sign-on to 1970 and then KCOO-TV from 1970 to 1975. The station went silent on January 5, 2016 when its tower was taken down after failing an inspection, and again on January 12, 2017 after briefly broadcasting from a low-power facility. KABY's license was returned to the FCC for cancellation on April 6, 2018; its call sign was transferred to a Gray-owned low-power station in Sioux Falls.
Until 2013, programming from KSFY was also rebroadcast on translator K07QL in Mitchell.
The station debuted on July 31, 1960 as KSOO-TV, the third station in Sioux Falls. It was owned by the South Dakota Broadcasting Company along with KSOO radio and was an NBC affiliate with a secondary ABC affiliation. From 1960 to 1969, it operated as the flagship of a regional network with separately-owned KORN-TV in Mitchell (channel 5, now KDLT-TV on channel 46). KSOO-TV served the eastern portion of the market, while KORN-TV served the western portion. In 1969, the Federal Communications Commission forced the breakup of this network, and KSOO-TV became the sole NBC affiliate.
In 1970, it bought KXAB-TV in Aberdeen to boost its coverage in northeastern South Dakota. As part of the sale, KXAB's calls changed to KCOO-TV. The two stations were bought by Forum Publishing Company of Fargo, North Dakota in 1975 and switched their call letters respectively to the current KSFY and KABY. KPRY-TV in Pierre was added a year later in 1976. In 1983, KSFY swapped affiliations with channel 5, then recently renamed KDLT and became an ABC affiliate. ABC was the top-rated network at the time and wanted to be on a stronger station. Additionally, KSFY had three full-power transmitters to KDLT's one, and Forum's flagship stations WDAY and WDAZ in the eastern part of North Dakota were also converting to ABC affiliations at the same time.
Forum sold the KSFY stations to Aflac in 1985. Aflac sold its broadcasting division to Retirement Systems of Alabama in 1996, who merged it with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media. In 2004, Raycom sold the KSFY stations to The Wicks Group of Companies.
Hoak Media bought KSFY and its satellite stations in July 2006, as well as KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV (LMA with Catamount Broadcasting) of Fargo and KFYR-TV of Bismarck, North Dakota and its satellite stations. The sale was approved by the FCC on November 17, 2006. On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KSFY and its satellites to Gray Television. The sale was completed on June 13, 2014.
On May 1, 2018; Gray announced it had agreed to buy KDLT from owner Red River Broadcasting for $32.5 million. The combined operation will presumably be based at KSFY's studios; in its announcement of the KDLT purchase, Gray noted that the KSFY studio has enough space to house a second station's news and sales department. Gray will need to obtain a waiver in order to complete the deal, since the FCC normally does not allow one person to own two of the four highest-rated stations in a market. However, in its filing requesting such a waiver, Gray argued that KDLT would be in a stronger position to compete in the market if its resources were combined with those of KSFY. Gray contended that a KSFY/KDLT duopoly would fulfill "a dire need for an effective competitor" in the Sioux Falls market, where KELO-TV has been the far-and-away leader for as long as records have been kept.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|13.1||720p||16:9||KSFY||Main KSFY-TV programming / ABC|
|13.2||KSFY-CW||The CW Sioux Falls|
KSFY-TV shut down its analog signal over VHF channel 13 on February 17, 2009, the original target date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later pushed back to June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations.
KSFY-TV clears the entire ABC network schedule, including the network's Saturday morning block Litton's Weekend Adventure. Syndicated programming currently broadcast on KSFY-TV includes The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jeopardy!, Inside Edition, Extra and Wheel of Fortune. KSFY is one of the few television stations in the United States that continues to sign off the air during the overnight hours, going off the air on Saturday nights/early Sunday mornings from 2:05 to 5:00 a.m.
This section needs expansion with: further information on KSFY-TV's news operation. You can help by adding to it. (December 2011)
Currently, KSFY broadcasts a total of 19½ hours of local newscasts each week with 3½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays. KSFY has been nominated for numerous Midwest Emmy Awards.
On August 1, 2011, KSFY became the first television station in the Sioux Falls market and in the state of South Dakota to begin producing its local newscasts in high definition from their studio only and not from the field; the station unveiled a new HD-ready set, dropped Action News from its newscast and station branding, and renamed its newscasts as KSFY News (which the station used from 2004 to 2008).
Out-of-market cable coverage
Some cable systems like CSI Cable in Jamestown discontinued carrying the service after January 1, 2009, due to duplication of networks already carried.
- KSFY's new building construction begins., ksfy.com.
- Cancellation Application
- Broadcasting News-January 2017
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- Gray closes Hoak deal; completes refinancing., rbr.com, Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- Press release announcing Gray's purchase of KDLT
- Request for FCC waiver
- RabbitEars TV Query for KSFY
- KSFY Sioux Falls Adding CW On Subchannel, TVNewsCheck, June 4, 2012.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.