First air date
May 29, 1987 (35 years ago) (1987-05-29)
Former channel number(s)
17 (UHF, 1987–2009)
  • Analog/DT1:
  • Fox (1987–2020)
  • This TV (2020–2021)
  • DT3:
  • Cozi TV (until 2020)
Technical information
Licensing authority
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
Public license information
Satellite station
  • Tri-State Christian Television
  • (Radiant Life Ministries, Inc.)
First air date
August 31, 1992 (29 years ago) (1992-08-31)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 12 (VHF, 1992–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 22 (UHF, until 2009)
  • Virtual:
  • 12 (until 2020)
  • Analog/DT1:
  • Fox (1992–2020)
  • This TV (2020–2021)
  • DT3:
  • Cozi TV (until 2020)
Technical information
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)
Public license information

KTTW (channel 7) is a religious television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States, owned and operated by Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) with transmitter in Rowena, South Dakota. It is rebroadcast on KTTM in Huron, whose 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.

Established as a Fox affiliate on channel 17 in 1987, KTTW was the fourth commercial station to be built in Sioux Falls and the first Fox affiliate in the state. KTTM went on the air in 1991. Its owner, Independent Communications, Inc., sold the programming and Fox affiliation, as well as its five dependent translators, to Gray Television in 2020, resulting in the establishment of Fox Sioux Falls, a subchannel of KDLT-TV. It then sold the KTTW and KTTM facilities and licenses to Radiant Life Ministries, a sister company of TCT.


After applying on June 1, 1984, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted Family Broadcasting Company, Inc., of Fairfield, Iowa, a construction permit to build a new commercial television station on channel 17 in Sioux Falls in November of that year. Work began in earnest in 1986,[1] and the station began broadcasting on May 29, 1987. Family, which soon changed its name to Independent Communications, Inc., in a reorganization, programmed the station at first as a Fox affiliate with little else to offer, primarily fare from the Hit Video USA service and American Christian Television System.[2] Chuck Poppen was the general manager, with rental company owner Jim Elmen as the major financial backer of the venture; the Elmens would own 89 percent of KTTW.[3]

On August 31, 1991, KTTM signed on, expanding coverage to cities including Huron and Mitchell.[3] By this time, the station had turned the corner from what Elmen would recall as "a couple year of H-E-double-L" financially.[4] The station moved to offices on West 11th Street in 1995, which it would occupy for 25 years.[4] In 1997, Poppen resigned, citing differences with the majority stakeholders.[5] After the digital television transition, in 2009, KTTW changed its branding from its former analog channel 17 to its digital physical channel of 7.

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.[6] Independent also sold five translators of KTTW, at Aberdeen, Brookings, Pierre, Watertown, and Worthington, Minnesota, to Gray for $1.[7][a] According to a local business publication, Independent Communications was exiting television altogether and intended to sell or donate KTTW "to a nonprofit entity in the near future".[9] On February 10, 2021, it was announced that Marion, Illinois–based Tri-State Christian Television would acquire the license assets of KTTW/KTTM for $850,000.[10] The transaction was completed on December 21;[11] the stations switched to TCT programming the next day.

Technical information


KTTW and KTTM both broadcast TCT and additional national multicast channels:

Subchannels of KTTW and KTTM[12][13]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
7.1 480i 4:3 KTTW SD TCT
7.2 ThisTV This TV
7.3 16:9 SBN Sonlife
7.4 4:3 LAFF Laff
7.5 Bounce Bounce TV
7.6 Grit Grit
7.7 16:9 DEFY Defy TV
7.8 4:3 TrReal TrueReal
7.9 16:9 NEWSY Newsy
7.10 Quest Quest
7.11 DigiTV Digi-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion

Both stations shut down their analog signals for the 2009 analog shutoff date:[14]


  1. ^ KTTW had a sixth translator, K44ME-D in Lowry. That translator closed on January 31, 2019, when the Five County TV Translator District that operated it ceased operations.[8]


  1. ^ Bolding, Julie (October 16, 1986). "New TV station is in the works". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. p. 3C. Retrieved June 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ Grauvogl, Ann (July 7, 1987). "Station channels new shows to city". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. p. 5A. Retrieved June 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b Terveen, Joyce (September 8, 1991). "New kids on the dial". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. p. 1F. Retrieved June 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Keyes, Bob (April 20, 1997). "Poppen dedicated to KTTW growth". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. p. 1G, 4G. Retrieved June 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Callison, Jill (May 17, 1997). "KTTW founder, general manager steps down". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. p. 1D. Retrieved June 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ Ellis, Jon (November 2, 2020). "FOX Changes Channels in Sioux Falls". Northpine.com. Retrieved November 3, 2020.
  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.
  8. ^ "CC Commission learns that TV Translator District will be ending". Prairie Pioneer. January 3, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  9. ^ "KTTW 'exiting broadcast business'; Fox moves to Gray Television". SiouxFalls.Business. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Assignments". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  11. ^ "Notification of Consummation". Licensing and Management System, Federal Communications Commission. December 21, 2021. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTTW
  13. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTTM
  14. ^ "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.