|Danville / Lexington, Kentucky
|City of license||Danville, KY|
|Branding||Fox 56 (general)
Fox 56 News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 56 (PSIP)
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(WDKY Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||February 10, 1986|
|Call letters' meaning||Danville, KentuckY|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
56 (UHF, 1986-2009)
4 (VHF, 2003-2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (February–October 1986)
TheCoolTV (DT2, 2010-2012)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW (digital)|
|Height||351.9 m (digital)|
|Transmitter coordinates||Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.|
|Public license information:||Profile
WDKY-TV, virtual channel 56, is the Fox-affiliated television station for Lexington, Kentucky that is licensed to nearby Danville. Its transmitter is located southeast of the city. Owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group, the station has offices on Euclid Avenue in Lexington's Chevy Chase neighborhood but broadcasts newscasts from WKYT's studio on Winchester Road. Syndicated programming on WDKY includes Maury, The Queen Latifah Show, and Judge Judy, among others. Until 2014, the station cleared the entire Fox network schedule; however the entire Sinclair chain opted not to clear Xploration Station when it was launched that fall, allowing the station to continue airing Weekend Marketplace on Saturday mornings instead.
WDKY began broadcasting on February 10, 1986 as an independent station. The station was originally founded by John D. Backe. On October 9, 1986, the station became a charter affiliate of Fox. The station originally operated from studio facilities located at 434 Interstate Avenue in Lexington. Backe sold WDKY to the MMC Television Corporation in 1989. The station was sold to Superior Communications in 1992. In 1996, The station relocated to its current studios on Euclaid Avenue in Lexington's Chevy Chase neighborhood. That same year, WDKY and sister station KOCB in Oklahoma City were both acquired by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
On May 15, 2012, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox stations, including WDKY-TV, that will run through 2017.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|56.1||720p||16:9||WDKY-DT||Main WDKY-TV programming / Fox|
WDKY filled for an application to move their digital channel from 4 to channel 31 on August 14, 2008. The station shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 56, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 4 to UHF channel 31. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 56, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
History of digital subchannels
WDKY-DT2 was initially launched in 2011 to serve as an affiliate of TheCoolTV, which is a digital multi-cast network that only broadcasts music videos. The subchannel went silent in 2012 due to poor viewership ratings. In 2014, WDKY-DT2 was relaunched to serve as an affiliate of Sony Pictures Television's GetTV movie channel as part of an affiliation deal between GetTV and Sinclair Broadcasting. WDKY-DT2 is also the Lexington market's home for the Conference USA and Ohio Valley Conference sports syndication packages from Sinclair's syndicated sports programming service, the American Sports Network, hence the sub-channel being transmitted in widescreen standard definition.
In 2015, WDKY-DT3 was launched to serve as an affiliation with another upstart movie network, Grit.
In 1995, CBS affiliate WKYT-TV began producing a nightly 10 o'clock newscast. On March 12, 2007, WDKY began airing an hour of news on weekday mornings at 7 a.m., that is also produced by WKYT. Weeknights at 10:45, there is a 15-minute sports replay show called the Fox 56 Sports Extra. All news programs originate from WKYT's studios on Winchester Road in the Brighton section of Lexington. On April 11, 2008, WKYT began broadcasting WDKY's newscasts in high definition becoming the first station in Kentucky to make the transition. The WDKY newscasts were included in the upgrade making it the first Sinclair station to be airing news in high definition.
- Sinclair Reups With Fox, Gets WUTB Option, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.
- RabbitEars TV Query for WDKY
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- Sloan, Scott (February 10, 2009)."All but one station delay TV switch". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
- "GetTV Signs Big Affiliation Deal with Sinclair". TV NewsCheck. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- Murray State @ Southeastern Missouri (October 3, 2015) - American Sports Network Clearance Report. From OVCSports.com (Ohio Valley Conference).