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KDMI, virtual and UHF digital channel 19, is a TCT Network owned-and-operated television station licensed to Des Moines, Iowa, United States. The station is owned by Tri-State Christian Television. KDMI's transmitter is located in Alleman, Iowa. The station maintained studios on Southwest 7th Street in downtown Des Moines until TCT ended local operations in June 2018.

On cable, KDMI is available on Mediacom channel 3.

HistoryEdit

KDMI signed on August 28, 2006 as an America One affiliate. MyNetworkTV programming was added upon its launch on September 5. As MyNetworkTV's primetime lineup only aired six days a week for two hours, America One programming was retained in all other timeslots. By the fall of 2007, KDMI began carrying some first-run syndicated programs, including Family Feud and TMZ on TV.

In 2009, America One was dropped in favor of This TV; the station initially discontinued the MyNetworkTV affiliation following its conversion to a programming service (one program from the service, WWE SmackDown, then aired on KCWI until September 11, 2010 when the program moved to cable channel Syfy later that October). Outside of some syndicated programming, KDMI's schedule was then filled solely by This TV; however, as of October 3, 2011, KDMI re-affiliated with MyNetworkTV, although the station aired the service's programming 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (some nights 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., depending on the length of one of This TV's second primetime movie broadcasts). KDMI dropped MyNetworkTV once again after September 27, 2014; the MyNetworkTV affiliation was later moved to a subchannel of KCCI on December 1, 2014.

The KDMI call letters were previously used for two different radio stations in Des Moines. From 1960 to 1994 they were used at 97.3 FM, a Christian radio station owned by Buddy Tucker. After 97.3 became KHKI, the KDMI call letters were moved to 1460 AM before that station became KXNO at the beginning of 2001.

On January 6, 2016, Pappas Telecasting filed to sell KDMI to Tennessee non-profit corporation Dove Broadcasting, Inc., for $1 million. Although TCT began operating the station on March 14 under a local marketing agreement (LMA), the sale was formally consummated on April 27. Prior to the sale's closing, it was one of the few television stations in the country to carry the This TV network affiliation on its primary channel.


TV stations in Iowa
KSXC-LD, Sioux City

KDMI, Des Moines
KAJR-LD, Des Moines
K41DD-D, Des Moines
KCYM-LD, Des Moines
KDAO-CD, Marshalltown
KWKB, Iowa City
KFXB, Dubuque

TV stations in central Iowa (including Des Moines and Ames)
WOI 5 (ABC)
KCCI 8 (CBS)
KDIN 11 (PBS)
WHO 13 (NBC)
KDSM 17 (Fox)
KDMI 19 (TCT)
KTIN 21 (PBS)
KCWI 23 (CW)
KAJR-LD 36 (Info)
KFPX 39 (Ion)
K41DD-D 41 (HSN)
KCYM-LD 45 (NEWSMAX)
KDAO-CD 45 (RTV)
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