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KELO-TV, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is a dual CBS/MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. KELO-TV's studios are located on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls, and its transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota.

KELO-TV
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
United States
BrandingKELOland Television (general)
myUTV (on DT2)
SloganCBS for South Dakota (general)
Your Home (for News) (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
TranslatorsSee below
Affiliations11.1: CBS (secondary until 1960)
11.2: MyNetworkTV
11.3: Ion Television
11.4: Escape
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air dateMay 19, 1953 (66 years ago) (1953-05-19)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Digital:
32 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Former affiliationsPrimary:
NBC (1954–1960)
Secondary:
ABC (1954–1967)
DuMont (1954–1955)
DT2:
UPN (2004–2006)
Transmitter power30 kW
Height610 m (2,001 ft)
Facility ID41983
Transmitter coordinates43°31′7″N 96°32′5.7″W / 43.51861°N 96.534917°W / 43.51861; -96.534917
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS
Websitewww.keloland.com

Satellite stations and translatorsEdit

KELO serves the largest viewing area of any station in the United States. It calls this vast area—which consists all of South Dakota as well as large parts of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wyoming—"KELOLand". It covers this region with a network of three full-power semi-satellites, known as the KELOLand Television Network.

Station City of license
(other cities served)
Channels
VC/RF
First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Public license information
KDLO-TV Florence
(Watertown/Aberdeen)
3 (PSIP)
3 (VHF)
September 24, 1955 (63 years ago) (1955-09-24) 14.4 kW 513.3 m (1,684 ft) 41975 44°57′56.2″N 97°35′23.3″W / 44.965611°N 97.589806°W / 44.965611; -97.589806 (KDLO-TV) Profile
CDBS
KPLO-TV Reliance
(Pierre)
6 (PSIP)
13 (VHF)
July 15, 1957 (62 years ago) (1957-07-15) 46.9 kW 306.3 m (1,005 ft) 41964 43°57′56.7″N 99°36′12″W / 43.965750°N 99.60333°W / 43.965750; -99.60333 (KPLO-TV) Profile
CDBS

KDLO and KPLO occasionally air separate commercials.

The programming of KELO-TV is also rebroadcast on the following two translator stations. Both repeat KDLO.

KCLO-TVEdit

A third semi-satellite, KCLO-TV (channel 15) in Rapid City, clears all network programming as provided through its parent and simulcasts KELO's newscasts (with local weather inserts), but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate commercial inserts and legal station identifications. Although KCLO maintains a news bureau and advertising sales office on Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City, master control and most internal operations are based at KELO's studios. As Rapid City is located in the Mountain Time Zone, KCLO's prime time schedule starts at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. start for the rest of Mountain Time, or in Central Time, where the KELOLand network's other stations are located.

HistoryEdit

KELO signed on air on May 19, 1953 as South Dakota's first television station. It was owned by Midcontinent Media, a theater and broadcasting conglomerate, along with KELO radio (AM 1320 and 92.5 FM). It was a primary NBC affiliate, but it also carried programs from ABC, CBS and DuMont. After KSOO-TV (now KSFY-TV) signed on in 1960, KELO switched its primary affiliation to CBS and has remained with that network ever since.

Shortly after KELO signed on, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) collapsed eastern South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota and northwest Iowa into one giant television market. Later in the 1950s, Midcontinent began signing on satellite stations of KELO to serve its vast coverage area. KDLO in Florence was the first of the satellite stations to go on the air on September 27, 1955; followed by KPLO, licensed to Reliance and serving South Dakota's state capitol of Pierre on July 15, 1957.

KELO expanded to western South Dakota in 1981, when it signed on K15AC (channel 15), a translator of KPLO-TV, to serve Rapid City. On November 28, 1988, it was upgraded to a full-powered semi-satellite as KCLO. Rapid City had been one of the few areas of the country without full service from the three major networks.

KELO was home to Captain 11, a popular children's show in the area, from 1955 until 1996. Captain 11 was Dave Dedrick, the station's longtime weatherman. He had been a popular radio personality before KELO went on air.

Channel 11 originally broadcast from a 575-foot (175 m) tower near Shindler, South Dakota. On September 20, 1955, it was destroyed in a severe windstorm—believed to be a tornado. Station engineers had the station back on the air in 48 hours—just in time for the World Series.[1] In 1956, the station erected a 1,032-foot (315 m) tower on the same site, expanding its coverage area to most of eastern South Dakota. In 1967, KELO moved to a new 2,032-foot (619 m) tower near Rowena, shared with KSFY. The Shindler tower is still used as a backup.

On June 24, 1968; a North Central airliner clipped a guy wire on the year-old Rowena tower, bringing it down. Luckily, the plane landed safely with no injuries. KELO engineers had the station back on the air in three days from the old tower in Shindler. The Rowena tower was quickly rebuilt.[1]

On January 11, 1975, the KELO tower was destroyed by a powerful winter storm. Within hours, the station was back on the air from Shindler.[2] The tower was again rebuilt at Rowena and became operational on December 19, 1975. The Rowena site is sometimes called the "Bermuda Triangle" of tower sites due to the numerous collapses.

In the years that followed, KDLO's tower collapsed and KELO lost other microwave and translator sites to storms and other reasons.[2] KPLO's tower collapsed on January 22, 2010 in a severe ice storm. It returned to the air on March 19, 2010. For a time, however, it operated at low power, leaving Pierre without an over-the-air signal. The FCC subsequently issued a construction permit for a low-powered fill-in translator on channel 29 in Pierre.

On November 25, 1986, KELO began broadcasting its programming in stereo. In 1995, Midcontinent Media sold KELO to Young Broadcasting; the sale was approved by the FCC on May 31, 1996. The station celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 19, 2003.

A late-season ice storm on April 6, 1997 caused the KXJB-TV mast in Traill County, North Dakota to collapse. As a result, several cable systems in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota were unable to receive CBS programming. Some cable systems temporarily or permanently replaced KXJB with KDLO. (CBS programming in Eastern North Dakota has since moved to KXJB-LD and KVLY-DT2.)

On June 6, 2013, Young Broadcasting announced that it would merge with Media General.[3] The merger was approved on November 8, after Media General shareholders approved the merger a day earlier;[4] it was completed on November 12.[5]

Sale to NexstarEdit

On January 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Media General, including KELO,[6] with the sale being completed on January 17, 2017, bringing KELO-TV under common ownership with ABC affiliate KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.[7]

Digital televisionEdit

Digital channelsEdit

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

KELO digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
11.1 1080i 16:9 KELO Main KELO-TV programming / CBS
11.2 480i UTV MyNetworkTV
11.3 ION Ion Television
11.4 Escape Escape

KDLO/KPLO digital channelsEdit

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9][10]
3.1
6.1
1080i 16:9 KDLO-TV
KPLO
Main programming / CBS
3.2
6.2
480i 4:3 UTV MyNetworkTV
3.3
6.3
ION Ion Television
3.4
6.4
Escape Escape

Analog-to-digital conversionEdit

KELO-TV began broadcasting its digital signal on March 6, 2003, becoming the first full-powered digital signal in South Dakota. The station shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 32 to VHF channel 11 for post-transition operations.[11] KDLO was originally scheduled to shut down its analog signal and broadcast in digital only on February 17, 2009, while KELO, KPLO and KCLO's broadcasts would become digital-only effective June 12, 2009; however, the FCC rejected Young Broadcasting's petition for early termination of analog broadcasts on KDLO-TV.

MyUTV (DT2)Edit

MyUTV is carried on digital subchannels of KELO, KDLO, and KPLO (digital subchannels 11.2, 3.2 and 6.2, respectively). It is currently affiliated with the MyNetworkTV programming service, and also carries the regional weather channel "KELO Weather Now", primarily during the overnight hours; it is carried on cable channel 10 in most areas. It was formerly a UPN affiliate, branded simply as "UTV", when it launched in 2004 until it affiliated with MyNetworkTV in September 2006.

MyUTV is not seen in the Rapid City market on KCLO. The UPN affiliate there was KCPL-LP (channel 52), and the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Rapid City is KWBH-LP which is simulcast over KNBN-DT2 (channel 21.2; formerly KKRA-LP, channel 24); as a result, MyUTV still cannot be carried on KCLO by FCC market rules. The CW's programming is seen on KCLO-DT2 (channel 15.2) in Rapid City.

Escape (DT4)Edit

In 2017, the station has added Escape to its 11.4 subchannel.

News operationEdit

Currently, KELO-TV broadcasts a total of 26½ hours of local newscasts each week (with 4½ hours each weekday and two hours each on Saturdays and Sundays), carrying the most hours of local news out of any station in South Dakota; the station is presently the only station in South Dakota carrying newscasts on weekend mornings. KELO's newscasts have used Gari Communications' "The CBS Enforcer Music Collection" as its news music package since 1997. Throughout its history, KELO-TV has won ten Regional Emmy Awards; along with a national Emmy win in 1999 for a public service announcement for the Tradition of Caring, and two 2008 wins for "Best Mid-Size Market Newscast" for the station's weekday morning newscast KELOLand This Morning and a feature story titled "Dominic's Wish".

On July 11, 1988, KELO began using a satellite uplink truck to allow live remotes of news stories. Four years later on January 21, 1991, KELO began closed captioning its local newscasts for the first time. On October 18, 2011, beginning with its 5:00 p.m. newscast, KELO-TV became the second television station in South Dakota to broadcast its local newscasts in high definition (ABC affiliate KSFY-TV began producing its newscasts in HD in August of that year), all in-studio and field segments are broadcast in the 1080i HD picture format;[12] the station introduced a new set for its newscasts, updated its editing and control room equipment, and anchors began using iPads instead of paper scripts.[13]

Weather coverageEdit

KELO currently features four on-camera meteorologists on its staff, of which two (including chief meteorologist Dr. Jay Trobec) have earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society. KELO operates a network of automatic observation sites operated with the WeatherBug software (and known as WeatherNet on air) which are updated every three seconds. On November 24, 1992, the station began using SkyCam systems primarily for use in weather situations.

KELO operates a network of three doppler radars across South Dakota, and covering parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa; KELO is the only station in each of the markets it served to operate such a large radar network. On September 8, 1997, KELO installed two live doppler weather radar units in Huron and Beresford, becoming the first station in the country to operate two doppler radars simultaneously; a third radar, located in Wall, was installed in 2001. In 2007, KELO upgraded the Huron radar to use dual polarization technology and quadrupled its power to 1 million watts, it also upgraded the computer systems at the Beresford and Wall radar systems. In addition, KELO rebranded its radar network as "KELOLand Live Doppler HD".

Notable former on-air staffEdit

Former out-of-market coverageEdit

CSI cable in Jamestown, North Dakota removed KELO effective December 31, 2009 due to duplication of Fargo, North Dakota station KXJB-TV, and stalled retransmission consent negotiations.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b KELO-TV Website – Our History (http://www.keloland.com/ourhistory/)
  2. ^ a b KELO-TV Website – Our History
  3. ^ Media General, Young Broadcasting To Merge, TVNewsCheck, June 6, 2013.
  4. ^ FCC Approves Media General-Young Merger Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 8 November 2013
  5. ^ "Media General, Young Now Officially One". TVNewsCheck. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Picker, Leslie (January 27, 2016). "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nexstar Broadcasting Group Completes Acquisition of Media General Creating Nexstar Media Group, The Nation's Second Largest Television Broadcaster". Nexstar Media Group. January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  8. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KELO
  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KDLO
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPLO
  11. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ KELOLAND Launches HD News, Unveils Changes, KELO-TV, October 19, 2011.
  13. ^ In Sioux Falls, KELO Replaces Scripts with iPads As Part of HD Upgrade, Media Bistro, October 12, 2011.

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