KLAF-LD

KLAF-LD


Lafayette, Louisiana
United States
Branding NBC 15.2 (general)
News 15 (newscasts)
Slogan Focused on Family and the Community
Channels Digital: 46 (UHF)
(to move to 14 (UHF))
Virtual: 46 (PSIP)
Subchannels 46.1 NBC
Translators KADN-DT 15.2 (16.2 UHF) Lafayette
Affiliations NBC (2015–present)
Owner Bayou City Broadcasting
(BCBL License Subsidiary, LLC)
First air date 1992 (1992)
Call letters' meaning K LAFayette
Sister station(s) KADN-TV
Former callsigns K46DG (1999)
K58GA (1999–2007)
KOPP-LP (2007)
KLAF-LP (2007–2012)
Former affiliations Primary:
Channel America (1992–1995)
UPN (1995–2006)
MyNetworkTV (2006–2015)
Secondary:
PTEN (1993–1995)
The WB (1995–1999)
CBS (2000–2005)
Transmitter power 2.65 kW
Height 147 m (482 ft)
Facility ID 16535
Transmitter coordinates 30°12′17.9″N 92°4′43.2″W / 30.204972°N 92.078667°W / 30.204972; -92.078667
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website kadn.com

KLAF-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 46, is a low-powered NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Lafayette, Louisiana, United States. Owned by Bayou City Broadcasting, it is a sister station to Fox affiliate KADN-TV (channel 15). The two stations share studios on Eraste Landry Road in Lafayette; KLAF-LD's transmitter is located on Ole Colony Road, in Scott, Louisiana.

Even though KLAF airs a digital signal of its own, it only covers the immediate Lafayette area. Therefore, in order to expand its broadcasting radius, it is simulcast in high definition on KADN's second digital subchannel (hence the NBC 15.2 branding). This signal broadcasts on UHF channel 16 (or virtual channel 15.2 via PSIP) from a transmitter located south of Church Point, in rural Acadia Parish.

On cable, KLAF is available on Cox Communications channel 3 in standard definition and on digital channel 1003 in high definition.

History

KLAF's origins begin in 1991 when Delta Media (who then owned KADN) signed on low-power K62DW in Lafayette as "K62TV". In its beginnings, K62TV broadcast mostly Channel America programming mixed in with some repurposed local shows from KADN—such as Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler and In Brief—along with local USL sports and Houston Astros baseball games. K62DW was renamed to Variety TV in late 1993 and VTV shortly thereafter.

When UPN launched in January 1995, K62DW became a charter affiliate as "UPN Lafayette" and dropped Channel America programming. At the same time, Delta Media signed on translators in New Iberia (K55HA) and Church Point (K69HD) and K62DW picked up the callsign KLAF-LP. Shortly after, the KLAF-LP transmitter moved to Opelousas and K46DG signed on in Lafayette. KLAF added a secondary WB affiliation in August 1995 but lost it in 1998 when the WB100+ network of cable stations was launched. KLAF went through branding changes in 1997, when "UPN Lafayette" was dropped in favor of "KLAF," then in 2004, under pressure from the network to standardize all affiliates' branding, KLAF became "UPN 17," reflecting its channel position on the local cable system. From 2000 to 2005, KLAF also served as a secondary CBS affiliate, clearing programs that the area's main affiliate KLFY-TV (channel 10) did not.

UPN and the WB announced in early 2006 that network operations would shutter that September. Shortly after the announcement, Fox created the MyNetworkTV syndication service, and on March 15, 2006, it was announced that KLAF would become Lafayette's MyNetworkTV affiliate at the network's launch in September. During a transitional period that ran from August 15, 2006 to September 4, 2006, the on-air branding reverted to "KLAF", with no network or channel number designation. On September 4, 2006, KLAF became a full-fledged MyNetworkTV affiliate as "MyKLAF TV."

In June 2006, then-owner Communications Corporation of America (ComCorp) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ComCorp said in a press release viewers and staff would see no changes at the station. ComCorp emerged from bankruptcy in October 2007.[1]

On April 24, 2013, ComCorp announced the sale of its entire group (including flagship KADN and KLAF) to Nexstar Broadcasting Group.[2] The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.[3]

On July 1, 2015, KLAF-LD changed affiliations to NBC, the network's first affiliate in Lafayette since the 1975 shutdown of KLNI (channel 15, now occupied by KADN-TV); in the interim, area cable systems imported KPLC from Lake Charles (Lafayette's default NBC station at the time), KALB-TV from Alexandria, and/or sister station WVLA-TV from Baton Rouge for NBC programming. MyNetworkTV programming moved to the 15.3 subchannel on KADN-TV.[4]

On January 27, 2016, Nexstar announced it would acquire Media General for $4.6 billion. Since Media General owned CBS affiliate KLFY-TV, and since the Lafayette market is too small to allow duopolies in any case, in order to comply with FCC ownership rules as well as planned changes to rules regarding same-market television stations which would prohibit future joint sales agreements, the company was required to sell either KLFY or sister station KADN to another company. KLAF-LD was the only station involved in the deal that could be legally acquired, since FCC rules allow for the common ownership of full-power and low-power stations in the same market, regardless of the number of stations in that market.[5][6] On May 27, 2016, Nexstar announced that it would keep KLFY-TV and sell KLAF-LD, along with KADN-TV, to Bayou City Broadcasting for $40 million. The sale was finalized January 17, 2017.[7]Sources from both KADN and Bayou City Broadcasting have confirmed that KLAF-LD will stay on the air, but could go dark in the future and/or if the FCC opens up new filing windows to voluntarily move LPTV stations.

Digital television

Digital channel

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[8]
46.11080i16:9KLAF-LDMain KLAF-LD programming / NBC

Digital transition

KLAF previously broadcast its analog signal on UHF channel 62, but because of its low power output and distance from the city of Lafayette, it was relayed across a small network of three translator stations:

  • K58GA (channel 46) in Lafayette
  • K55HA (channel 55) in New Iberia
  • K69HD (channel 69) in Church Point

In August 2007, KLAF began to make the transition to a single, full-market station as programming was added to KADN-TV on channel 15.2. One by one, the translators were taken off the air, beginning with K69HD (Church Point) on October 25 until only K58GA (Lafayette) remained. On November 9, 2007, K58GA became KOPP-LP, in preparation to move KLAF-LP's calls there. On July 5, 2012, the station changed its call sign to KLAF-LD, upon conversion to digital transmission.

Newscasts

Concurrent with KLAF-LD's move to NBC, the station began simulcasting newscasts from virtual sister station WVLA-TV (the station that KLAF replaced on channels 3 and 1003 on Cox's Lafayette system) on July 1, 2015.[4]

On March 31, 2016, Nexstar announced that KLAF (alongside sister station KADN) would launch its own news department on April 1 at 5:00 p.m. The formation of the news department resulted in the hiring of 24 news and production employees.[9]

On April 3, 2017, KADN/KLAF unveiled a refurbished news set, adopted the current News 15 branding, and dropped the "Acadiana's KLAF" branding for KLAF and KADN 15.2. KADN 15.1 airs newscasts from 5–9 p.m. daily (except on weekends) and 9 p.m. nightly seven days a week. NBC 15.2 airs newscasts at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 p.m. only on weekends. KADN 15.2 continues to be a simulcast of KLAF 46.1.[10]

References

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