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KDLA
KDLA13

Location

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Branding

13 ABC
13 ABC Eyewitness News

Slogan

Number one in Texas!

Channel(s)

Analog: 13 (VHF)
Digital: 27 (UHF)

subchannel(s)

13.1: ABC
13.2: Live Well Network
13.3: Laff
13.4: ABC News Now
13.5: Vault Disney

Affiliation

ABC (O&O)

First air date

March 13, 1950

Former call letters

WDAL-TV (1950-1972)

Former channel number

none

Former Affiliation

FOX (January 2015-April 2015)

Owner

Disney ABC Owned Television Stations

KDLA is the ABC affiliate that serves the Dallas/Ft. Worth Area. It broadcasts on channel 13.

History

KDLA signed on the air back on March 13th, 1950 and signed on as an ABC affiliate under the original call letters WDAL. WDAL remained under the original call letters until 1972 when the station changed call letters to KDLA possibly due to the fact that most stations in the western half of the US use a "K" in front instead of a "W". KDLA remained as an ABC affiliate up until late 2014 when the fictional tv station realignment occured. KDLA switched affiliations with KDICD to be Dallas' newest FOX affiliate. KDLA only remained as a FOX affiliate for merely 4 months until April 2015 when the station switched back to ABC. KDLA has remained an ABC affiliate ever since.

Logos

News/Station Presentation

Website History

  • 1996-2001: www.kdlaabc13.com
  • 2001-2007: www.kdla.com
  • 2007-2009: www.abc13dfw.com
  • 2009-2013: www.abc.go.com/abcdfw
  • 2013-present: www.abc.go.com/kdlaabc13
  • January-April 2015: www.myfox13dfw.com

Newscast Titles

  • The WDAL-TV News Report (1950-1961)
  • The North Texas Report (1961-1971)
  • NewsScene 13 (1971-1978)
  • Channel 13 Eyewitness News (1978-1999)
  • ABC 13 Eyewitness News (1999-2009)
  • ABC DFW Eyewitness News (2009-2013)
  • 13 ABC Eyewitness News (2013-2015; April 2015-Present)
  • Fox 13 News (January-April 2015)

Station Slogans

  • WDAL-TV, Your New Full Power Station (1950-1964)
  • Broadcasting In Color (1964-1972)
  • Meet Us in September on Channel 13 (1969-1970; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Let's Get Together on Channel 13 (1970-1971; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • This is The Place to Be on Channel 13 (1971-1974; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • NewsSceneing Out For You (1972-1978)
  • Hello North Texas, Hello Channel 13 (1974-1975; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Welcome to the New Bright World on Channel 13 (1975-1976; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Let Us Be the One on Channel 13 (1976-1977; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You're Still Having Fun, Channel 13's Still the One (1977-1978; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth's Very Own! (1978-2006) (general)
  • Channel 13's The One You Can Turn To, We're the One (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You're Still Having Fun, Channel 13's Still the One (1979-1980; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Eyewitness News, North Texas' Trusted News Team (1978-1991)
  • You and Me and Channel 13 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Now is the Time, Channel 13 is the Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Come on Along with Channel 13 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on Channel 13 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We're With You on Channel 13 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You'll Love It on Channel 13 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Together on Channel 13 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Something's Happening on Channel 13 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • North Texas is Watching Channel 13 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The North Texas News Leader (1991-1996)
  • If It's North Texas, It Must Be Channel 13 (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Watched by More North Texans, Channel 13, ABC (1993-1996; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Number One in Texas! (1996-present)
  • Nobody Does It Like Channel 13 (1996-1997; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • TV is Good on Channel 13 (1997-1998; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We Love TV on Channel 13 (1998-1999; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • ABC 13, Start Here (2008-2009; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • ABC DFW, Start Here (2009-2013; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • 13 ABC, Start Here (2013-present; localized version of ABC ad campaign;)
  • So Fox 13 (2015: localized version of Fox ad campaign)

Current On-Air Staff

Sara Garkley - News Director

  • Melissa Darkson - anchor; weekday mornings "13 ABC Eyewitness News Good Morning DFW" and "13 ABC Eyewitness News at Noon"
  • Paula Newcity - anchor; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Jonathan Bridge - anchor; weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Denise Hamilton - anchor; weekend evenings

StormTeam 13 Meteorologists

  • Camille Rakers - meteorologist; weekday mornings "13 ABC Eyewitness News Good Morning DFW" and "13 ABC Eyewitness News at Noon"
  • Mark Sheen - chief meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval); weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Jon Wishler - meteorologist; weekend evenings

13 ABC Sportsdesk Team

  • Steve Walker - sports director; weeknights at 6 and 10
  • Dustin Cannon - sports reporter; weekend evenings

13 ABC Reporters

  • Ashley Gannett - general assignment reporter
  • Fritz Walker - general assignment reporter
  • Jenny Washington - general assignment reporter
  • Mery Nealy  - general assignment reporter
  • Kelly David - general assignment reporter
  • Danny Thomas - general assignment reporter


Television Stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, TX area
KDICD 1 (FOX)

KTAK 2 (NBC)
K03CG-CA 3 (IND)
KAWA 4 (IND)
KEIT 5 (CBS)
KDLN 6 (ABN, Denton)
KUBE 7 (ABN)
KDTX 8 (Acme)
KRKD 9 (RKO)
KDTI 10 (ABC-TV, Denton)
KIWD 11 (MNTV)
KDFD 12 (Ion)
KDLA 13 (ABC)
KFDD 14 (DBC)
KDDD 15 (UBN)
KFWD 16 (ABS)
KGLM-TV 17 (RBC)
KBUR 18 (WIN)
KDFW 19 (JFN)
KQTP 20 (YesNet)
KFWT 21 (DuMont)
KSIJ 22 (ITV, Denton)
KNLND 23 (New Line)
KRIN 24 (CW)
KTDF 25 (KTTV)
KRDD 27 (RDN)
KWWJ 28 (IND)
KXFW 30 (UniMás)
KTXZ 31 (PBS)
KDFU 33 (UDC)
KQRC 35 (TEL)
KTJN 36 (IMP)
KXBL 38 (WBTV)
KWBD 39 (WB)
KDET 40 (WBTV, Denton)
KQOR 40 (ITV)
KDAX 42 (TBS)
KFDP 44 (UPN)
KMIN 45 (CBC)
KTFW 47 (TNT)
KGYM-DT 48 (Kohrumai Broadcasting Company)
KILJ 49 (AMC)
KUND 50 (UNI)
KTXP 53 (Paramount)
KCDY 61 (Rede Globo)
KCLG 63 (Global)

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