AmesDes Moines, Iowa
United States
CityAmes, Iowa
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 34
OwnerFamily Educational Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date
November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
Last air date
September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)
(10 years, 296 days)
Former channel number(s)
34 (UHF, 2005–2009)
TBN (2005–2016)
Call sign meaning
Technical information
Facility ID82619
ERP37.23 kW
HAAT154 m (505 ft)
Transmitter coordinates41°58′49″N 93°44′23″W / 41.98028°N 93.73972°W / 41.98028; -93.73972

KEFB, virtual and UHF digital channel 34, was a TBN-affiliated television station serving Des Moines, Iowa, United States that was licensed to Ames. The station was owned by Family Educational Broadcasting. KEFB's transmitter was located southwest of Ames. In addition to TBN programming, the station also served the community as an independent educational station.


The station was originally granted a construction permit on July 12, 1996, as provisional station 960712KL. The station would not be officially granted a full license until 2005, when they were granted the call letters KEFB.


On September 20, 2016, Family Educational Broadcasting announced it was permanently discontinuing all operations of KEFB and returning the station's license to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[1] KEFB's license was formally canceled and its callsign deleted on October 5, 2016.[2] TBN programming remains available in the Des Moines–Ames area via the network's national feed on Mediacom channel 92.[3][4]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal was multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[5]
34.1 480i 4:3 KEFB-DT Main KEFB programming / TBN
34.2 Hillsong Channel

Analog-to-digital conversion

KEFB shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 34, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 34.[6] Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997,[7] the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station.


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  3. ^ "Channel Lineup: Altoona, Bondurant, Carlisle, Des Moines, Hartford, Norwalk, Pleasant Hill, Polk Co., Waukee & West Des Moines, IA". Mediacom Communications Corporation. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Channel Lineup: Ames & Nevada, IA". Mediacom Communications Corporation. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KEFB
  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. ^ "Final DTV Channel Plan from FCC97-115".