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PSIP: 49
Digital: 49
Call Letters: KTKA-TV
City of License: Topeka, KS
  • 49.1 KTKA-TV
  • 49.2 KTKA weather

    Owner: Vaughan Media, LLC.
    HAAT/ERP: 1470ft/3470kw
    DT HAAT/ERP: 1480ft/55kw
    Coverage: West of Lawrence
  • Featured Media
  • KLDH 1983 newspaper ad
  • KTKA building
  • KTKA 2000 screenshot
  • KTKA 2011 set
  • KTKA 2011 logo
  • Kansas First News logo
  • KTKA 2015 logo

  • 1983-1986 - KLDH - ABC
    Topeka finally got its own ABC affiliate on June 20, 1983, with the sign-on of KLDH. However, KLDH was plagued by technical problems, like a transmitter fire that put the station off the air several times in the first two years. The station's first local newscasts were called "Newsline 49." KLDH also broadcasted on translator K58CX in Lawrence.

    1986-2009 - KTKA - ABC
    New owners mean new call letters. In this case, a sale to Berl Brechner's Northeast Kansas Broadcast Services brought the KTKA call letters to town in May of 1986. The K58CX translator went dark in the early 1990s. In 1998, the studios moved from downtown Topeka to Southwest Topeka. However, in April 2002, the station ceased its local news operations, leaving only two Topeka stations with newscasts. In 2005, the World Company, owners of the Lawrence Journal-World and Sunflower Broadband, bought the station. They restarted news operations. In 2009, the World Company put the station up for sale. KTKA's analog signal signed off on February 17, 2009.

    2003-current - KTKA-TV - ABC
    KTKA-DT signed on in 2003 on channel 48. It moved to 49 in 2009. On February 4, 2011, The World Company announced the sale of KTKA to PBC Broadcasting, a holding company formed by New Vision TV, owners of KSNT and KTMJ in Topeka. KTKA signed off from its southwest Topeka home on July 29, 2011. KTKA moved into KSNT's newsroom July 30, and the two stations began operating as a single entity, Kansas First News. LIN TV's purchase of New Vision in 2012 did not affect this arrangement. Media General announced it would purchase LIN TV in 2014, and again, this arrangement is not expected to be affected. KTKA dropped the Kansas First News slogan in 2015; all newscasts are now branded as KSNT.