KSFY-TV is the ABC-affiliated television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Owned by Gray Television, the station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 13, The station's studios are located on North Dakota Avenue in Sioux Falls and its transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota.

History

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.[2] The sale was completed on June 13, 2014.[3]

Satellite stations

KSFY is rebroadcast on the following television stations for these satellites.

StationCity of licenseChannelsFirst air dateERPHAATFacility IDTransmitter Coordinates
KABY-TV1Aberdeen
(Aberdeen/Watertown)
Digital: 9 (VHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
November 27, 195819.4 kW427 m48659
KPRY-TVPierreDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
January 30, 1976311 kW347 m48660

Notes:

  • 1. KABY-TV used the callsign KXAB-TV from its 1958 sign-on to 1970 and then KCOO-TV from 1970 to 1975.

Until 2013, programming from KSFY was also rebroadcast on translator K07QL in Mitchell.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[4]
13.1720p16:9KSFYMain KSFY-TV programming / ABC
13.2KSFY-CWThe Sioux Falls CW
13.3480i4:3MeTVMeTV

On September 10, 2012, KSFY-TV added programming from The CW on a new second digital subchannel.[5] It is part of The CW Plus,[6] and replaced KWSD as Sioux Falls' CW affiliate.

Analog-to-digital conversion

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.[7]

Programming

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 AM.

News operation

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.