Not to be confused with WDAF-TV or WDAF-FM.

This article is about the CW affiliate in Dallas, Texas. For the station that first used the KRLD–TV callsign, see KDFW. For the station that currently held the KNBN call letters, see KNBN.


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Originally signed on the air on September 29, 1980 as KNBN-TV on UHF channel 33. It was affiliated with the Spanish International Network until Hill Broadcasting sold channel 33 to New York City-based Metromedia in the fall of 1983.



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On July 30, 1984, the station's call letters were changed to KRLD-TV to match radio station KRLD (1080 AM), which became a sister property to the television station after Metromedia successfully sought the FCC for a waiver of its cross-ownership regulations to let it retain KRLD radio and the UHF station. (This made channel 33 the second KRLD-TV in Dallas; the call letters had been used on channel 4 when it was co-owned with KRLD until 1970.) The KNBN callsign is now used on the NBC affiliate on channel 21 in Rapid City, South Dakota.




In May 1985, Metromedia sold all of its independent stations (including KRLD) to News Corporation, who announced its intentions to launch the then-new Fox on May 7, 1986, with KTTV, KRIV, WFLD, WNYW, and WTTG forming what would become Fox Television Stations. As a result, the callsign was changed to KDAF, which stood for Dallas And Fort Worth.






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On July 2, 1995, CBS affiliate KDFW assumed the Fox affiliation for the Dallas-Fort Worth market as a result of the network's long-term affiliation agreement with New World Communications (KTVT took over the CBS affiliation). Concurrently, in order to move Fox programming to the higher-rated KDFW, Fox Television Stations opted to sell KDAF to Renaissance Broadcasting in a trade deal for KDVR in Denver and its Fort Collins, Colorado satellite station KFCT. On July 1, 1996, Chicago-based Tribune Broadcasting announced that it would acquire Renaissance Communications for $1.13 billion. At the time, Tribune held a partial ownership interest in The WB; however KDAF could not technically be considered an owned-and-operated station of the network since Time Warner held an 87.5% majority stake in the network – which eventually decreased to 78%, when Tribune increased its stake in the network by purchasing a portion of Time Warner's equity interest. On the date of the switch, KDAF became a WB affiliate, taking over the affiliation from KXTX-TV, which had been carrying the network since The WB's January 1995 inception under a temporary arrangement.


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In 2006, UPN and The WB were merged to form The CW. KDAF, as part of an affiliation deal for most of Tribune Broadcasting's WB affiliates, joined the new network.



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In September 2011, KDAF returned to the "CW33" branding, still using the previous "The 33" circle scheme.


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On December 3, 2018, Irving-based Nexstar Media Group announced it would acquire Tribune's assets for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. The deal—which made Nexstar the largest television station operator by total number of stations upon closure of the deal—gave KDAF additional sister stations nearby markets including Lawton–Wichita Falls (NBC affiliate KFDX-TV and SSA partners KJTL [Fox] and KJBO-LP [MyNetworkTV]), Waco–Bryan–College Station (Fox affiliate KWKT-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate KYLE-TV), Tyler–Longview (NBC affiliate KETK-TV and SSA partners KFXK-TV [Fox] and KTPN-LD [MyNetworkTV]) and Abilene (CBS affiliate KTAB-TV and NBC-affiliated SSA partner KRBC-TV). Given that Nexstar's operations are based in the Metroplex, it is unclear whether KDAF will be designated as a flagship outlet for the group (either as a sole flagship or in conjunction with one of the three Tribune-owned stations in the three largest U.S. markets). The sale was approved by the FCC on September 16, and was completed on September 19, 2019.


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