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KDTN, virtual channel 2 (UHF digital channel 43), is the flagship station of the Daystar Television Network serving the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and licensed to Denton, Texas, United States, owned by its subsidiary Word of God Fellowship. KDTN's studio facility is part of the Daystar headquarters located off SH 121 in nearby Bedford, and its transmitter is located on Tar Road in Cedar Hill, just south of the Dallas–Ellis county line. It is available on cable TV via Charter Communications' "Spectrum" service on channel 19 (channel 2 in some areas), and FiOS from Frontier on channel 2.

History Edit

In 1948, Variety Broadcasting (controlled by Lee Segall), owner of KIXL radio (1040 AM, now KGGR and 104.5 FM, now KKDA-FM), applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a license to operate a television station on VHF channel 2, to have been given the callsign KIXL-TV. However, the station ultimately never launched. By the time the FCC lifted its freeze on new television station license applications in 1952, the channel 2 allocation had been reassigned to Denton and as a non-commercial educational channel. This did not stop Harwell V. Shepard, the owner of KDNT radio (1440 AM, now KTNO and 106.1 FM, now KHKS), from applying for a commercial license for the station; the application was declined, as other applicants insisted to the FCC that the VHF channel 2 allocation be designated an educational station.

North Texas Public Broadcasting, owner of PBS member station KERA-TV (channel 13), first expressed interest in establishing a secondary educational television station on channel 2 in May 1977. Several other groups applied for the allocation 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 constructed a studio facility on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton for the new station, which was given the call letters KDTN (in reference to its city of license), and agreed to run some programs produced by the university. The station first signed on the air on September 1, 1988. KERA used the station primarily to run educational and instructional programs that had previously filled much of KERA's daytime schedule. Channel 13 then shifted to offering primarily entertainment programming from PBS and other public television distributors. Originally branded as "KDTN 2," the station was rebranded as "KERA 2" in the early 2000s.

In 2003, North Texas Public Broadcasting decided that running a second television station in the Metroplex was no longer viable and placed KDTN up for sale; this gave religious broadcast network Daystar an opportunity to get a better signal in the market; as a result, Daystar sold its original flagship station KMPX (channel 29, now an Estrella TV owned-and-operated station) in order to purchase KDTN. The acquisition by Daystar was finalized on January 13, 2004; during KDTN's last two days as a PBS member station before Daystar officially took ownership, the station ran a marathon of the entire run of the ITV drama series Upstairs Downstairs.

However, by special arrangement, KERA announced plans at the time to continue carrying programming sourced from the station on KDTN's digital signal, to free up bandwidth on KERA's main digital signal to allow the station to upgrade its main channel to transmit programming in high definition. As of 2018, with improvements in multiplexer technology allowing carriage of separate PBS Kids and Create subchannels without affecting picture quality, this arrangement has gone unused.

TV stations in Texas
Shopping affiliates Independent stations Religious stations Other network affiliates
KBOP-LD, Dallas KBEX-LP, Amarillo KETH, Houston KDTN, Denton KPTB, Lubbock K17HI-D, Amarillo KXPX-LP, Corpus Christi
KXLK-CD, Austin KGBS-CD, Austin KHCE, San Antonio KDAX-LD, Amarillo KPTF, Farwell KBOP-LD, Dallas KODF-LD, Britton
K25FW-D, Corsicana KTXA, Fort Worth KITU, Beaumont KLTJ/KDHU-LD, Galveston/Houston KPTB, Lubbock KHPK-LD, DeSoto KBPX-LD, Houston
K29HW-D, Austin KLNM-LD, Lufkin KQVE-LP, San Antonio KWDA, DeSoto KTXD, Greenville
K22JA-D, Corpus Christi KLUJ, Harlingen KADT-LD, Austin K31GL-D, DeSoto K64GK, Amarillo
KUBE, Baytown KDTX, Dallas KJJM-LD, Dallas KYVV, Del Rio
KPFW-LD, Dallas KSCE, El Paso
KHFD, Dallas
KFWD, Fort Worth
KZFW-LP, Royse City
KUGB-CD, Houston
TV stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
 KDTN 2 (Daystar)
KDFW 4 (FOX)
KXAS 5 (NBC)
WFAA 8 (ABC)
KTVT 11 (CBS)
KERA 13 (PBS)
KPFW-LD 18 (IND/Religious)
KBOP-LD 20 (Infomercial)
KTXA 21 (IND)
KNAV 22 (Hot TV)
KUVN 23 (UNI)
K25FW 25 (HSN)
KODF 26 (Hot TV)
KDFI 27 (MNTV)
KHPK 28 (SBN)
KMPX 29 (ESTRELLA)
KWDA-LD 30 (Rel)
K31GL 31 (SBN)
KDAF 33 (CW)
KJJM-LD 34 (HSN)
KVFW 38 (Infomercial)
KXTX 39 (TMD)
KLEG 44 (TVC)
KTXD 47 (STADIUM)
KSTR 49 (UNIMAS)
KHFD 51 (EICB)
KFWD 52 (SON)
KAZD 55 (AZA)
KDTX 58 (TBN)
KPXD 68 (ION)
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