Dakota News Now (newscasts)
Sioux Falls CW 13.2 (on DT2)
MeTV Sioux Falls (on DT3)
|KDLT/KDLV, KOTA/KHSD/KSGW, KEVN-LD, KVLY-TV, KXJB-LD, KEYC-TV, KMNF-LD|
First air date
|July 31, 1960|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
13 (VHF, 1960–2009)
29 (UHF, until 2009)
Call sign meaning
|Sioux Falls, disambiguation of last call letter for former owner Forum's flagship station WDAY|
|HAAT||610 m (2,001 ft)|
Public license information
KSFY-TV (channel 13) is a television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States, affiliated with ABC and The CW Plus. It is owned by Gray Television alongside dual NBC/Fox affiliate KDLT-TV (channel 46). Both stations share studios in Courthouse Square on 1st Avenue South in Sioux Falls, while KSFY-TV's transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota.
The station debuted on July 31, 1960 as KSOO-TV, the second 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 (FCC) 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.
South Dakota Broadcasting was liquidated in 1973; the television stations had not shown a profit since 1968. The television stations were bought by Forum Publishing Company of Fargo, North Dakota in 1974 and switched their call letters respectively to the current KSFY and KABY. KPRY-TV in Pierre was added a year later in 1976. In September 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. In 1996, AFLAC sold its broadcasting division to Retirement Systems of Alabama, 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 would 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 needed 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 sale was approved by the FCC on September 24, 2019, and was completed the following day. Soon afterward, on January 13, 2020, KDLT moved its studios from South Westport Avenue to KSFY's studios on Courthouse Square.
In 2020, Gray acquired the non-license assets of area Fox affiliate KTTW and placed Fox programming on KDLT's second subchannel. This resulted in all of the network affiliations in eastern South Dakota being controlled by just two companies, Gray and KELO-TV owner Nexstar Media Group.
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).
With the purchase of KDLT, KSFY and KDLT merged their news operations on January 13, 2020, rebranding as Dakota News Now.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|13.1||720p||16:9||KSFY-TV||Main KSFY-TV programming / ABC|
|13.2||CW||KSFY-DT2 programming / The CW Plus|
|13.4||T-Crime||True Crime Network|
On September 10, 2012, KSFY-TV added programming from The CW on a new second digital subchannel. It is part of The CW Plus, and replaced KWSD as Sioux Falls' CW affiliate. As of September 2015, MeTV moved to 13.3, which also moved from KWSD.
KSFY-TV shut down its analog signal over VHF channel 13 on February 17, 2009, the original target date on 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 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||Public file|
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|
KSFY is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Aberdeen||K36NW-D||36||3 kW||93.1 m (305 ft)||28534||Gray Television|
|Brookings||K25OU-D||25||4.5 kW||52.4 m (172 ft)||30578||Gray Television|
|Pierre||K14IO-D||14||1.6 kW||118 m (387 ft)||28499||Gray Television|
|Sioux Falls||KABY-LD||20||13.2 kW||589.4 m (1,934 ft)||182599||Gray Television|
|Watertown||K32DK-D||32||2.28 kW||98.7 m (324 ft)||28533||Gray Television|
|Worthington, MN||K18MO-D||18||15 kW||137.8 m (452 ft)||28491||Gray Television|
Until 2013, programming from KSFY was also rebroadcast on translator K07QL in Mitchell.
Some cable systems like CSI Cable in Jamestown, North Dakota discontinued carrying the service after January 1, 2009, due to duplication of networks already carried.