KDLT, is an NBC affiliated television station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, serving Eastern South Dakota and Southwestern Minnesota. It broadcasts on ATSC channel 47, which redirects to former NTSC channel 46 via PSIP. It also operates a full-powered satellite station--KDLV in Mitchell, South Dakota (digital channel 26/PSIP 5). KDLT's 2,000 feet (610 m) tower is located near Rowena.

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KDLT: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

KDLV: Mitchell, South Dakota

Branding KDLT News
Slogan It's About Award Winning Journalism
Channels Digital: KDLT: 47 (UHF)

Virtual: 46 (PSIP) Digital: KDLV: 26 (UHF) Virtual: 5 (PSIP)

Subchannels 46.1/5.1 NBC

46.2/5.2 Universal Sports

Affiliations NBC (1960 and 1982-present)
Owner Gray Television
First air date KDLT: June 12, 1960

KDLV: September 8, 1998

Call letters' meaning KDLT: K-DakotaLandTelevision (former owners)

KDLV: K-DakotaLand V(roman numeral 5)

Former callsigns KDLT:

KORN-TV (1960-1972) KXON-TV (1972-1982) KDLV: none

Former channel number(s) Analog:

KDLT: 5 (VHF, 1960-1998) 46 (UHF, 1998-2009) KDLV: 5 (VHF, 1998-2009)

Former affiliations ABC (1960-1982)
Transmitter power KDLT: 1000 kW

KDLV: 1000 kW

Height KDLT: 608 m

KDLV: 315 m

Facility ID KDLT: 55379

KDLV: 55375

Transmitter coordinates KDLT:

43°30′18″N 96°33′22″W KDLV: 43°45′33″N 98°24′44″W

Website www.kdlt.com


In 1960, KDLT started broadcasting from Mitchell, South Dakota as KORN-TV on channel 5, an NBC affiliate. The station's original call letters were intended to honor the famous MitchellCorn Palace. Just months later, however, it switched to ABC.

In 1972, the station changed its calls to KXON-TV. In 1982, KXON changed its call letters to KDLT when it was purchased by Dakotaland Broadcasting. Dakotaland Broadcasting eventually sold KDLT to Heritage Broadcasting in the mid-1980s. In 1982, KDLT and KSFY-TV switched affiliations, with KSFY getting ABC and KDLT getting NBC. At the time of the switch KSFY had three full-power transmitters to KDLT's one and ABC was the #1 network with NBC in third, making it logical for the more popular network to align with the more dominant station. The next year NBC and ABC ratings flip-flopped leaving KDLT once again affiliated with the more popular network. The station eventually moved its main studio to Sioux Falls in the mid to late 1980s.

On September 8, 1998 KDLT moved its city of license to Sioux Falls and began broadcasting on channel 46 from a new tower in Rowena, where most of the other Sioux Falls stations have their towers. This was largely because the channel 5 tower was too far away from Sioux Falls to adequately cover it with a digital signal. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules required a station's digital signal to cover at least 80 percent of its analog footprint. Channel 5 in Mitchell survives as a full-power satellite, KDLV. Due to the way the changeover was structured legally, the FCC considers KDLV to be the same station as the old KDLT.

On February 1, 2009, KDLT ceased analog transmissions, and began broadcasting only in digital. KDLV flash-cut to digital on the same day.


Monday -Friday

  • KDLT News Today - 6-7 AM
  • KDLT News at 5
  • KDLT News at 6
  • KDLT News at 10


  • KDLT News at 5 (Sundays only)
  • KDLT News at 6 (Saturdays only)
  • KDLT News at 10

On-air staff

Current on-air staff


  • Tom Hanson: KDLT News at 6 and 10
  • Jennifer Hudspeth: KDLT News at 5, 6 and 10
  • Paul Heinert: KDLT News at 5 (News Director)
  • Phil Mcllrath: KDLT Today (6-7 a.m.)
  • Jill Johnson: Saturdays at 6, Sundays at 5 and Weekends at 10 p.m.

Weather team:

  • Cody Matz: Chief Meteorologist
  • Kelly Smith: Morning Meteorologist
  • Angela Schilling: Weekend Meteorologist


  • Mark Ovenden: Sports Director
  • Kolbe Nelson: Weekend Sports


  • Krystle Kacner: Reporter
  • Jenna Mann: Reporter
  • Melissa Payne: Reporter
  • Phil McIlrath: Reporter

Past on-air staff

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Metro News (?–1982)
  • News Center 5 (1982–1983)
  • Action News (1983–?)
  • Action 5 News (?–1987)
  • Sioux First News (1987–1990)
  • KDLT News (1990–1996 & 1999–2020)
  • News 5 (1996–1999)
  • Dakota News Now (2020–present)

Station slogans

  • Channel 5 There, Be There (1983-1984; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Channel 5, Let's All Be There (1984-1986; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • Come Home to Channel 5 (1986-1987; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • KDLT, The Place To Be (1990-1992; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • The Stars are Back on KDLT (1993-1994; localized version of NBC ad campaign)
  • We Know What Matters 
  • Working for You 
  • It's About Award Winning Journalism (2004–present)


The programming of KDLT is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

Transmitter antenna replacement

The station's television transmitter antenna replacement was featured on the National Geographic Channel television show World's Toughest Fixes.[2]

External links


  1. ^ "Meet the KDLT News Team". Retrieved 29 September 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.realtelevision.net/2008/10/17/worlds-toughest-fixes-2000-foot-tower/
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