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Tacoma, Washington
United States
Channels Digital: 42 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
Affiliations Daystar
Owner Community Television Educators, Inc.
(a subsidiary of Word of God Fellowship, Inc.)
(Puget Sound Educational Television, Inc.)
First air date September 6, 2000; 17 years ago (2000-09-06)
Call letters' meaning Bacronymed to mean K-Washington State Daystar K
Former channel number(s) Analog:
56 (UHF, 2000–2006)
Transmitter power 144 kW
Height 695 m
Facility ID 35419
Transmitter coordinates 47°30′16.3″N 121°58′10″W / 47.504528°N 121.96944°W / 47.504528; -121.96944Coordinates: 47°30′16.3″N 121°58′10″W / 47.504528°N 121.96944°W / 47.504528; -121.96944
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KWDK is a Christian television station owned by Daystar, broadcasting out of Tacoma, Washington, formerly broadcasting on channel 56. On April 22, 2005, KWDK filed an application with the FCC for authorization to cease analog broadcasting and surrender its license for channel 56 prior to the end of the digital TV transition period, and thereafter operate KWDK-DT as a single channel, digital-only television station on channel 42. The FCC granted this authorization on July 20, 2005.

KWDK apparently ceased analog broadcasting on channel 56 sometime in April 2006. In August 2006 it was verified to be broadcasting in digital channel 42, making KWDK-DT the first digital-only broadcaster in the Seattle-Tacoma market. KWDK is carried on Comcast digital channel 18 in the Puget Sound area but is not included in the analog lineup.


On July 17, 1992 the FCC issued a construction permit for channel 56 and call letters KWDK, to Christopher J. Racine. The license of the unbuilt station was sold to Puget Sound Educational TV, Inc. on October 6, 1999. KWDK signed on the air September 6, 2000 broadcasting the Daystar Network.

KWDK was not the first station to broadcast on Channel 56 in the Tacoma market. In the 1960s and early 1970s, the Clover Park School District operated KPEC-TV, a public broadcasting station, on Channel 56. The school district ceased use of that channel when it purchased and briefly owned Tacoma's Channel 13, which still retains the calls KCPQ originally assigned to the CPSD, as a Fox affiliate under the commercial ownership of Tribune Broadcasting.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
56.1 1080i 16:9 KWDK-DT Daystar

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KWDK shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56, on June 12, 2009, as part of the federally mandated from analog to digital television.[2] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42, using PSIP to display KWDK's virtual channel as 56 on digital television receivers, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.


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