In 1953, OPUBCO – whose founder had long been an advocate for improvements to Oklahoma's educational system – donated 0,000 worth of existing WKY-TV broadcasting equipment to the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) for its proposed station on channel 13 (flagship station KETA-TV, which did not sign-on until April 1956).
Because of the licensing freeze instituted by the FCC in September 1948, WKY-TV was the only television station in the Oklahoma City market until 1953; its initial two UHF-based competitors – KTVQ (channel 25, allocation now occupied by Fox affiliate KOKH-TV) and KLPR-TV (channel 19, allocation now occupied by Cornerstone Television affiliate KUOT-CD) – made their respective debuts on October 28 and November 8 of that year.
Though KTVQ and KLPR respectively signed on as basic affiliates of ABC and Du Mont, channel 4 continued to carry selected programs from the two networks, with ABC programming being retained through a secondary basic affiliation; in contrast, WKY disaffiliated from CBS one month prior to KWTV (channel 9) signing on as an affiliate of that network on December 20.
WKY-TV remained a primary NBC and secondary Du Mont affiliate until the latter network discontinued operations in August 1956.
During November and early December 1944, OPUBCO conducted a similar, 19-city television exhibition tour across central and western Oklahoma (open to residents who had purchased war bonds) that included performances from WKY personalities and demonstrations by television technicians.
In the winter of early 1948, Gaylord submitted a permit application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a television station that would transmit on VHF channel 4.
He waited to make the submission so as to ensure that any financial burden would be limited until revenue from existing OPUBCO assets was able to offset the station's profit losses.
When the FCC granted the license for the proposed television station to Gaylord on June 2, 1948, Gaylord requested to use the WKY call letters assigned to his AM radio station and its sister on 98.9 FM (now defunct, frequency now occupied by KYIS).
Channel 4 has been an NBC television affiliate since its debut, inheriting it through WKY radio's longtime relationship with the NBC Red Network, the radio progenitor with which that station had been affiliated since December 1928 (WKY-TV did not air its first NBC program, Who Said That? It also maintained secondary affiliations with CBS, ABC and the Du Mont Television Network.
K33JM-D Mooreland K26IS-D Woodward K31JQ-D Woodward K38KH-D Woodward K14MU-D Weatherford K45JZ-D Elk City K35KE-D Hollis K40JP-D Sayre K23IZ-D Strong City K43KU-D Selling K47LB-D Seiling K19GZ-D Seiling K20JD-D Cherokee/Alva K17ID-D Cherokee/Alva K22ID-D Alva/Cherokee K15HL-D Cherokee/Alva K25JQ-D May K16DX-D Gage KFOR-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 27), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States.
The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company, as part of a duopoly with independent station KAUT-TV (channel 43).
The test signal operated at low power for three days, after a lightning strike caused minor damage to a junction box on the transmission tower during the early morning of April 27.
Closed-circuit transmissions began on May 27, with a wrestling match at the Oklahoma City Stockyards Coliseum.
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