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KSFY logo
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Branding KSFY Action News
Channel Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels 13.1 ABC
Affiliations ABC
Owner Hoak Media Corporation
(Hoak Media of Dakota License, LLC)
First air date July 31, 1960
Callsign meaning Sioux Falls
Former callsigns KSOO-TV (1960-1975)
Former channels Analog:
13 (VHF, 1960-2009)
Digital: 29 (UHF)
Former affiliations NBC (1960-1982)
Effective power 22.7 kW
Height 610 m
Facility ID 48658
Antenna coordinates 43°31′7″N 96°32′5.7″W / 43.51861°N 96.534917°W / 43.51861; -96.534917

KSFY-TV is the ABC television affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It broadcasts on ATSC Channel 13 (digital). Its transmitter is located near Rowena, South Dakota. KSFY is currently owned by Hoak Media Corporation of Dallas, Texas.

Station history

The station debuted on July 31, 1960 as KSOO-TV, the second station in Sioux Falls. It was owned by the South Dakota Broadcasting Company along with KSOO, and took the NBC affiliation from KELO-TV.

In 1970, it bought KXAB-TV in Aberdeen to boost its coverage in northeastern South Dakota. As part of the sale, KXAB's calls changed to KCOO-TV. The two stations were bought by Forum Publishing Company of Fargo, North Dakota in 1975, and switched their call letters to the current KSFY and KABY. KPRY-TV in Pierre was added a year later. In 1982, KSFY swapped affiliations with KXON-TV (now KDLT) and became an ABC affiliate.

KSFY logo prior to 2008

Forum sold the KSFY stations to Aflac in 1985. Aflac sold its broadcasting division to Retirement Systems of Alabama in 1996, who merged it with Ellis Communications to form Raycom Media. In 2004, Raycom sold the KSFY stations to The Wicks Group of Companies.

Hoak bought KSFY and its satellite stations in July 2006, as well as KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV (LMA with Catamount Broadcasting) of Fargo and KFYR-TV of Bismarck, North Dakota and its satellite stations. The sale was approved by the FCC on November 17, 2006.

According to Nielsen Ratings KSFY-TV is currently battling for a strong 2nd place with Sioux Falls NBC Affiliate KDLT-TV.

KSFY has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards in the midwest present and past.

On February 17, 2009, KSFY and its satellite stations flash-cut to digital.

Cable Status

Some cable systems like CSI Cable in Jamestown are discontinuing the service after January 1, 2009, due to duplication of networks already carried while others do to the demands for retransmition rights. And in some cases both reasons.


KSFY is rebroadcast on the following television stations for these satellites.

Station City of license Channels First air date ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KABY-TV1 Aberdeen
Digital: 9 (UHF)
Virtual: 9 (PSIP)
November 19582 19.4 kW 427 m 48659 45°6′22.9″N 97°53′58″W / 45.106361°N 97.89944°W / 45.106361; -97.89944 (KABY-TV)
KPRY-TV Pierre Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
January 30, 1976 311 kW 347 m 48660 44°3′7.2″N 100°5′4.2″W / 44.052°N 100.0845°W / 44.052; -100.0845 (KPRY-TV)


  • 1. KABY-TV used the callsign KXAB-TV from its 1958 sign-on until 1970, and then KCOO-TV from 1970 to 1975.
  • 2. The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KABY signed on November 28, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on November 27.

Programming from KSFY is also rebroadcast on translator K07QL in Mitchell.

ABC Kids Notes

While some stations don't air Power Rangers at all on ABC Kids due to E/I content, KSFY has confirmed they will continue to air Power Rangers as long as ABC carries the show. This is also due to the fact they start ABC Kids at 8:00 AM CST.

Newscast Schedule

Monday-Friday -

  • KSFY Action News Live This Morning from 5-7 a.m.
  • KSFY Action News Live At 5:00
  • KSFY Action News Live At 6:00
  • KSFY Action News Live At 10:00

Saturday -

  • KSFY Action News Live At 6:00 and 10:00

Sunday -

  • KSFY Action News Live At 5:30 and 10:00

News Team

Management -

  • John Shelby; News Director

Anchors -

  • Katie Taube; Action News Live At 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00
  • Brian Allen; Action News Live At 6:00, and 10:00
  • Nancy Naeve Brown; Action News Live At 5:00 and Avera Medical Minute
  • Mary McKenzie; Action News Live This Morning

Weather Team -

  • Phil Schreck; Action News Live At 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00
  • Shawn Cable; Action News Live This Morning
  • Derick Fabert; Weekend edition of Action News

Reporters -

  • Dawn Crawley; Action News Aberdeen Reporter
  • Chuck Harmer
  • Jim Nelson; Action News Live This Morning

Sports -

  • Erik Thorstenson; Action Sports Live At 6:00 and 10:00

News/Station Presenation


Newscast titles

  • KSOO-TV News (1960-1975)
  • Eyewitness News (1975-1985)
  • KSFY Dakota First News (1985-2004)
  • KSFY News (2004-2008)
  • KSFY Action News (2008-present)

Station slogans

  • KSFY is for You (2004-2008)
  • Get In On The Action, With Action News (2008-Present)
  • Its A New Day, Start Fresh (Live This Morning) (2009-Present)
  • Your Weather Connection... Anytime... Anywhere (Argus Leader/KSFY) (2009-Present)
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