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KTTW
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
United States
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Programming
Affiliations7.1/7.2: This TV
Ownership
OwnerIndependent Communications, Inc.
(sale to Tri-State Christian Television pending[1])
History
First air date
May 29, 1987 (34 years ago) (1987-05-29)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
17 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Analog/DT1:
Fox (1987–2020)
DT3:
Cozi TV (until 2020)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID28521
ERP7.5 kW
HAAT217.6 m (714 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°30′14″N 96°34′18.8″W / 43.50389°N 96.571889°W / 43.50389; -96.571889
Translator(s)See below
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KTTM
Satellite of KTTW
Huron, South Dakota
United States
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Programming
Affiliations7.1/7.2: This TV
Ownership
OwnerIndependent Communications, Inc.
(sale to Tri-State Christian Television pending[1])
History
First air date
January 31, 1992 (29 years ago) (1992-01-31)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 12 (VHF, 1992–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 22 (UHF, until 2009)
  • Virtual:
  • 12 (PSIP, until 2020)
Analog/DT1:
Fox (1992–2020)
DT3:
Cozi TV (until 2020)
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID28501
ERP12.6 kW
HAAT257 m (843 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°11′39.0″N 98°19′5.0″W / 44.194167°N 98.318056°W / 44.194167; -98.318056 (KTTM)
Links
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Profile
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KTTW, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a This TV-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. The station is owned by Independent Communications, Inc., a consortium of local investors. KTTW's studios are located on West 11th Street in Sioux Falls, and its transmitter is located in Rowena, South Dakota.

KTTM (virtual channel 7, VHF digital channel 12) in Huron operates as a full-time satellite of KTTW; this station's transmitter is located near Alpena, South Dakota. KTTM covers areas of south-central and southeastern South Dakota that receive a marginal to non-existent over-the-air signal from KTTW, although there is significant overlap between the two stations' contours otherwise. KTTM is a straight simulcast of KTTW; on-air references to KTTM are limited to Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-mandated hourly station identifications during programming. Aside from the transmitter, KTTM does not maintain any physical presence locally in Huron.

History[edit]

The station signed on May 29, 1987 as a Fox affiliate, the first non-Big Three network commercial station in South Dakota. For its first six years on the air, it was effectively South Dakota's first general entertainment independent station. Fox didn't air a full week's worth of programming until 1993, and until then most early Fox affiliates were programmed as independents. Satellite station KTTM signed on in 1991 to serve the western portions of the Sioux Falls area that could not get a clear signal from KTTW.

In early 1996, Rapid City-based KEVN-TV announced that it would switch from NBC to Fox once its affiliation contract with NBC expired in July of that year. Prior to the switch, KTTW was the only Fox affiliate to be based in South Dakota, while the western portion of the state received the network's programming via either Foxnet or Denver-based KDVR.

KTTW aired on analog channel 17 since its inception, then took advantage of the digital transition in 2009 to use their physical digital channel 7 as their permanent PSIP virtual channel in order to better brand itself.

For most of its existence, especially since the turn of the millennium, it was mostly a pass-through for automated programming. It never produced a newscast, unlike most Fox affiliates; its studios were too small for an in-house news operation, and it never contracted with other stations to produce a newscast.

On November 2, 2020, KTTW's non-license assets were purchased by Gray Television, owner of ABC affiliate KSFY-TV (channel 13) and NBC affiliate KDLT-TV (channel 46); Fox programming moved to KDLT on digital subchannel 46.2. Cozi TV, which was also carried on KTTW, moved to subchannel 46.4.[2] According to a local business publication, Independent Communications is exiting television altogether, and intends to sell or donate KTTW "to a nonprofit entity in the near future".[3] On February 10, 2021, it was announced that Tri-State Christian Television would acquire the licensed assets of KTTW/KTTM for $850,000.[1]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4][5]
7.1 720p 16:9 KTTW-HD Main KTTW programming / This TV
7.2 480i 4:3 THIS-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both stations shut down their analog signals for the 2009 analog shutoff date:[6]

  • KTTW shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 17; the station's digital signal broadcasts on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.
  • KTTM shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 22 to VHF channel 12.

Former translators[edit]

The programming of KTTW was also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Aberdeen K36NW-D 36 3 kW 99 m (325 ft) 28534 45°28′29.0″N 98°31′38.0″W / 45.474722°N 98.527222°W / 45.474722; -98.527222 (K36NW-D) Independent Communications, Inc.
Brookings K25OU-D 25 4.5 kW 47 m (154 ft) 30578 44°18′03.0″N 96°46′00.0″W / 44.300833°N 96.766667°W / 44.300833; -96.766667 (K25OU-D)
Lowry K44ME-D 44 4.24 kW 250 m (820 ft) 198506 45°23′50.0″N 99°56′30.0″W / 45.397222°N 99.941667°W / 45.397222; -99.941667 (K44ME-D) South Dakota Five County TV Translator District
Pierre K14IO-D 14 1.6 kW 53 m (174 ft) 28499 44°18′42.0″N 100°21′10.0″W / 44.311667°N 100.352778°W / 44.311667; -100.352778 (K14IO-D) Independent Communications, Inc.
Watertown K32DK-D 32 2.28 kW 96 m (315 ft) 28533 44°51′56.0″N 97°06′21.0″W / 44.865556°N 97.105833°W / 44.865556; -97.105833 (K32DK-D)
Worthington, MN K18MO-D 18 2.5 kW 139 m (456 ft) 28491 43°37′01.6″N 95°41′20.6″W / 43.617111°N 95.689056°W / 43.617111; -95.689056 (K18MO-D)

On November 4, 2020, KTTW's owner reached a deal to sell the translators to Gray Television for $1.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Assignments". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  2. ^ Ellis, Jon (November 2, 2020). "FOX Changes Channels in Sioux Falls". Northpine.com. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "KTTW ‘exiting broadcast business’; Fox moves to Gray Television", SiouxFalls.Business, 10 November 2020, Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTTW
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTTM
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Application for Transfer of Control of a Corporate Licensee or Permittee, or for Assignment of License or Permit of TV or FM Translator Station or Low Power Television Station". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. November 4, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2020.

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