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KWDK, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 42), is a Daystar owned-and-operated television station serving Seattle, Washington, United States that is licensed to Tacoma. The station is owned by Community Television Educators, Inc., a subsidiary of Daystar parent company Word of God Fellowship. KWDK's transmitter is located on West Tiger Mountain near Issaquah. On cable, the station is available on Comcast Xfinity digital channel 18 in the Puget Sound area.

HistoryEdit

On July 17, 1992, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a construction permit for channel 56 and call letters KWDK, to Christopher J. Racine. The license of the unbuilt station was sold to Puget Sound Educational TV, Inc. on October 6, 1999. KWDK signed on the air September 6, 2000 broadcasting the Daystar network.

KWDK was not the first station to broadcast on Channel 56 in the Tacoma market. In the 1960s and early 1970s, the Clover Park School District operated KPEC-TV, a PBS member station, on Channel 56. The school district ceased use of that channel when it purchased and briefly owned Tacoma's channel 13, which became known as KCPQ. It still retains those call letters to this day, as a commercial station affiliated with the Fox network under the ownership of Tribune Broadcasting.

On April 22, 2005, KWDK filed an application with the FCC for authorization to cease analog broadcasting and surrender its license for channel 56 prior to the end of the digital TV transition period, and thereafter operate KWDK-DT as a single channel, digital-only television station on channel 42. The FCC granted this authorization on July 20, 2005.

KWDK apparently ceased analog broadcasting on channel 56 sometime in April 2006. In August 2006, it was verified to be broadcasting on digital channel 42, making KWDK-DT the first digital-only broadcaster in the Seattle–Tacoma market.

TV stations in Washington
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KONG, Everett KHBA-LD, Spokane K21JQ-D, Walla Walla KEVE-LD, Vancouver
KTBW, Tacoma K33EJ-D, Walla Walla
KBCB, Bellingham
KWPX-DT7, Bellevue
KWDK, Tacoma
KFFV, Seattle
KUNS, Bellevue
KUSE-LD, Seattle
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KVOS 12 (H&I)
KCPQ 13 (Fox)
KCKA 15 (PBS)
KONG 16 (Ind)
KTBW 20 (TBN)
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KBCB 24 (SBN)
KRUM-LD 24 (Ind)
KBTC 28 (PBS)
KWPX 33 (Ion)
KFFV 44 (Ind)
KUSE-LD 46 (AAT TV)
KUNS 51 (UNI)
KWDK 56 (Daystar)
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