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Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Channels Digital: 43 (UHF)
Affiliations Daystar
Owner Word of God Fellowship
(Community Television Educators of DFW, Inc.)
First air date 1990
Call letters’ meaning Flagship station of the Daystar Television Network or
Former channel number(s) Analog:
2 (VHF, 1990-2009)
Former affiliations PBS (1990-2004)
Transmitter Power 1000 kW
Height 494.2 m
Facility ID 49326
Transmitter Coordinates 32°32′35″N 96°57′32″W / 32.54306°N 96.95889°W / 32.54306; -96.95889

KDTN is a Daystar-owned television station, under the license of Community Television Educators of DFW Inc. Broadcasting its digital signal on channel 43, the station is licensed to Denton, Texas.



In 1948, the owner of KIXL-AM/FM in Dallas applied for a station on channel 2. It would have shared the KIXL call letters. The station never went on the air. By the time the television license freeze was lifted in 1952, Channel 2 had been reassigned to Denton and as an educational channel. That didn't stop Harwell V. Shepard, the owner of KDNT-AM/FM, from applying for a commercial license for the station. The application was declined.

Dallas public television station KERA-TV first expressed interest in establishing a station on channel 2 in May 1977. Several other groups applied for the frequency and a long fight for a construction permit ensued with the FCC. After several other applicants dropped out, KERA worked out an agreement with the lone remaining applicant in 1984 to gain the right to put the station on the air. As part of the agreement, KERA put a studio on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton for KDTN and agreed to run some programming produced by the school. KDTN signed on in 1990. KERA used it primarily to run educational and instructional programming that had previously filled much of KERA's daytime schedule. KERA then shifted to offering primarily entertainment programming. KDTN was referred to as "KERA 2" in the early 2000s, although no official change in calls was made.

In 2004, KERA sold KDTN to Daystar. When the station was put up for sale, this gave Daystar an opportunity to get a better signal in the market, as a result, Daystar sold KMPX-Channel 29 to purchase KDTN, and became a Daystar-owned station in 2004. However, by special arrangement, KERA announced plans to continue its digital programming on KDTN's digital signal, so that the bandwidth on its main KERA digital signal could be freed up for HDTV broadcasts. However, to date, KERA has never broadcast any programming on KDTN's digital facilities under this arrangement.

KDTN has been in a carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable since September 2008. Time Warner has replaced KDTN with a test pattern on the analog part of the cable system, however Daystar is viewable on QAM digital cable. As of January 4, 2009; KDTN is pulled off of Time Warner Cable's analog listings it is still on ch 350(digital) or 102-1,102-13 on QAM tuner listings.[1]

The Analog-to-digital conversion is complete for KDTN

KDTN ceased analog broadcasting April 30, 2009. KDTN-DT transmits on channel 43. PSIP is used to display KDTN's virtual channel as 2 on digital television receivers.


  1. ^ Texas Channel Listings] - Time Warner Cable (accessed March 22, 2009)

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