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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Branding KELOLAND Television
KELOLAND Weathernow (DT3)
Slogan Your Home (for News)
Channels Digital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels x.1 CBS
x.2 (except KCLO) MNTV/Sportsman
x.3 (KCLO 15.2) Weather
Translators See table
Affiliations CBS
Owner Young Broadcasting, Inc.
First air date May 19, 1953
Former channel number(s) Analog:
11 (VHF, 1953-2009)
32 (UHF, 2004-2009)
Former affiliations Primary:
NBC (1954-1960)
CBS (1954-1960)
ABC (1954-1962)
DuMont (1954-1955)
UPN (2004-2006)
Transmitter Power 30 kW
Height 610 m
Facility ID 41983
Transmitter Coordinates 43°31′7″N 96°32′5″W / 43.51861°N 96.53472°W / 43.51861; -96.53472

KELO is the CBS affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, broadcasting on digital channel 11. South Dakotans pronounce its call letters as a homonym of "hello". It broadcasts from a 605-meter tower located near Rowena, South Dakota. The have won multiple regoinal and Nat'l Emmy Awards from Weather to Morning newscasts[1]


Station history

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 and92.5 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. Midcontinent sold KELO-TV to Young Broadcasting in 1995.

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

Channel 11 originally broadcast from a 575-foot tower near Shindler, South Dakota. In 1956, the station erected a 1,032-foot tower on the same site, expanding its coverage area to most of eastern South Dakota. In 1967, KELO-TV moved to a new 2,032-foot tower near Rowena, shared with KSFY. in 19 at Shindler is still used as a backup.

Due to South Dakota's volatile weather, KELO-TV has had to deal with numerous tower collapses. In 1968, its new tower was destroyed when a North Central Airlines plane clipped a guy wire. In 1975, the tower was brought down again by an intense winter storm. In both cases, the station's engineers were able to restore operations from the old site near Shindler fairly quickly. Even earlier, in September 1955, the station's original tower was brought down by a freak tornado. The station's numerous tower collapses have led television insiders to call channel 11's Rowena tower "the Bermuda Triangle."

Since the mid-1980s, its logo has consisted of "Kelo" written in cursive font, over a line, with "KELOLAND TELEVISION" underneath. It is one of the few stations whose logo's last three call letters are in lower-case (KBYU-TV channel 11 in Provo, Utah also has used a similar logo.)

KELO TV has won 10 Emmy Awards. KELO's news has used The CBS Enforcer Music Collection as its news music package since 1997.

In 1997 due to tower collapsed of KXJB-TV. Due several cable systems in eastern North Dakota and Northwestern parts of Minnesota were unable to receive KXJB. Several cable systems temporary or permanently replaced with KCNC, KDLO, KXMB, KXMC and along with others.



  • May 19, 1953: KELO signed on as the first television station in South Dakota.
  • January 15, 1955: KELO goes live.
  • September 27, 1955: KDLO signs on the air, covering northeastern South Dakota.
  • July 15, 1957: KPLO signs on the air, covering the Pierre area
  • September 23, 1968: Became South Dakota's first all-color TV station.
  • November 25, 1986: First broadcast in stereo.
  • July 11, 1988 KELO adds a satellite uplink truck to its coverage for remote airing.
  • November 28, 1988: KCLO signs on the air covering the Rapid City area.
  • January 21, 1991 KELO's first closed-caption newscast.
  • May 31, 1996: Acquired by Young Broadcasting.
  • September 8, 1997: KELO builds two live radar units in South Dakota
  • 1999: KELO-TV awarded a Emmy for PSA for the Tradition of Caring
  • March 6, 2003: Began broadcast on South Dakota's first full-powered digital signal
  • May 19, 2003: KELO celebrates 50th anniversary
  • January 2008: KELO-TV upgrades weather system to "KELOLAND Live Doppler HD"
  • October 2008: KELO-TV wins regional Emmy for coverage of "Dominic's Wish," Lou Raguse and Kevin Kjergaard
  • October 2008: "KELOLAND This Morning" wins regional Emmy for best mid-size market newscast, Darcy Andersen, producer.
  • June 12 2009: Keloland TV goes digital only at 9:30 CT (8:30 MT)

(with contributions from photographer Rod Evans).

Coverage area / rebroadcasters

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 North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa—"KELOLAND", and covers it with a network of rebroadcasters:

Station City of license Channels First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KDLO-TV Florence
Digital: 3 (VHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
September 24, 1955 3.7 kW 240.6 m 41975 44°57′53.2″N 97°34′51.1″W / 44.964778°N 97.580861°W / 44.964778; -97.580861 (KDLO-TV)
KPLO-TV Reliance
Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
July 15, 1957 40 kW 317.8 m 41964 43°57′56.7″N 99°36′12″W / 43.96575°N 99.60333°W / 43.96575; -99.60333 (KPLO-TV)
KCLO-TV1 Rapid City Digital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
November 28, 1988 150 kW 154 m 41969 44°4′13.3″N 103°15′2.6″W / 44.070361°N 103.250722°W / 44.070361; -103.250722 (KCLO-TV)


  • 1. KCLO-TV does not offer MyUTV on digital.

The programming of KELO-TV is also rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

A unique feature of KELO's coverage area is that it includes two time zones -- Central and Mountain. This means that viewers of Rapid City's KCLO watch CBS's prime-time schedule from 6PM to 9PM (instead of 7PM to 10PM), with The Late Show with David Letterman at 9:35PM MT.

KCLO, because it is in a separate market, also gets certain shows fed to it specifically. KELO cannot air myUTV or other products aired by Rapid City stations on KCLO. All 4 KELO stations do get separate advertising as needed.

KDLO's broadcasts were originally scheduled to be digital-only, effective on February 17, 2009, while KELO, KPLO and KCLO's broadcasts would become digital-only, effective June 12, 2009. However, because the FCC rejected KELO TV's petition for early termination of analog broadcasts on KDLO-TV, they did not make the switch until June 12. On June 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm, the KELOLAND network made the switch from analog to digital.


KELO DT2 former UPN logo.

MyUTV is carried on digital subchannels of KELO, KDLO, and KPLO (digital channels 13.2/3.2/6.2). It is currently affiliated withMyNetworkTV. It was formerly a UPN affiliate branded simply as "UTV". UTV is generally carried on cable channel 10.

MyUTV is not seen in the Rapid City market on KCLO. The UPN affiliate there was KCPL-LP52, and the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Rapid City is KKRA-LP 24; as a result, UTV still can not be carried on KCLO by FCC market rules.

The CW in South Dakota is represented by stations unrelated to KELO -- KWSD 36 in Sioux Falls and KWBH-LP 27 in Rapid City.

Weather coverage timeline

  • November 24, 1992: SkyCam system is installed for weather use.
  • In 1997, KELO installed two live doppler weather radars in Huron and Beresford. KELO became the first TV station in the country to operate two doppler radars. In 2001, KELO installed a third radar in Wall. KELO is the only station in its markets to operate such a system.
  • KELO also has a network of automatic observation sites (known as WeatherNet on air) which are updated every three seconds.
  • In 2007, KELO upgraded their Huron radar to use dual polarization technology and quadrupled its power to 1 million watts. They also upgraded their computer systems at their Beresford and Wall radars.
    • The name of the doppler network changed in 2007 to KELOLAND Live Doppler HD.

News personalities

KLTM is an acronym for KELOLAND This Morning.


  • Courtney Zieller, KLTM & Reporter
  • Jon Wilson, KLTM & Reporter
  • Katie Janssen, Midday & 5PM
  • Angela Kennecke, 6PM & 10PM
  • Don Jorgensen, 5PM, 6PM, & 10PM
  • Perry Groten, Weekend Morning Anchor & Reporter
  • Erica Johnson, Weekend Morning Anchor & Reporter
  • Cherlene Richards, Weekend Evening Anchor & Reporter


  • Dr. Jay Trobec Ph.D., 5PM, 6PM, 10PM - Chief Meteorologist
  • Brian Karstens, KLTM
  • Scot Mundt, Midday, 5PM
  • Tony Barlow, Weekends


  • Jay Elsen, Sports Director
  • David McCoy, Weekend Sports Anchor / Reporter
  • David Brown, Sports/News Reporter


  • Ben Dunsmoor, NightBeat
  • Kelli Grant, HealthBeat
  • Shawn Neisteadt, Evenings
  • Eric Schaffhauser, Aberdeen
  • Brian Kushida, Mornings
  • Karla Ramaekers, Rapid City


  • Dave Dedrick, former weather (and also former TV personality 'Captain 11')
  • Shawn Cable, former meteorologist (now with KSFY-TV, Sioux Falls)
  • Kristie VerMulm, former weather
  • Jim Burt, former sports (1953-1987)
  • Leo Hartig, former anchor
  • Steve Hemmingsen, former anchor
  • Doug Lund, former anchor
  • Ron Olsen, reporter 1973 (now with KTLA-TV, Los Angeles)
  • Vernon Brown, former reporter
  • Matt Belanger, former anchor and reporter (now with WGAL, Susquehanna Valley)
  • Jeff Radcliffe, former sports anchor (now at Bright House Sports Network in Orlando and Tampa, FL)

News/Station Presentation

Newscast Titles

  • KELOland News (1986-present)

Station Slogans

  • Your Home (for News) (1997-present)
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Retransmission consent

CSI cable in Jamestown, North Dakota, is removing KELO effective 31 December 2009 due to duplication of Fargo, North Dakota station KXJB-TV, and stalled retransmission consent negotiations.


The station transmits from the KELO TV Tower, a 605 meter (1905 ft) high guyed radio mast at Rowena, South Dakota, at43°31′7″N 96°32′5.7″W / 43.51861°N 96.534917°W / 43.51861; -96.534917. The tower was built in 1975 to replace a 609.6-meter-tall KELO TV Tower that collapsed in 1968 after a North Central airliner clipped a guy wire. The plane was able to land safely with no injuries, but the tower was destroyed. KELO was back on the air three days later using the old 305 metre tall tower near Shindler. In 1975 KELO TV tower collapsed again during a fierce winter storm. KELO was on the same day back on the air again, after some switching operations to the backup tower at Shindler were done.


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