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Danville/Lexington, Kentucky
United States
CityDanville, Kentucky
ChannelsDigital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 56
BrandingFox 56
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Tribune Media Company)
FoundedMarch 7, 1983
First air date
February 10, 1986 (35 years ago) (1986-02-10)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 56 (UHF, 1986–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 4 (VHF, 2001–2009)
  • 31 (UHF, 2009–2019)
Call sign meaning
Danville, KentuckY
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID64017
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT351.9 m (1,155 ft)
Transmitter coordinates37°52′50.9″N 84°19′15.9″W / 37.880806°N 84.321083°W / 37.880806; -84.321083
Public license information

WDKY-TV, virtual channel 56 (UHF digital channel 19), is a Fox-affiliated television station serving Lexington, Kentucky, United States that is licensed to nearby Danville. Its transmitter is located southeast of Lexington. Owned by Irving, Texas-based Nexstar Media Group, the station has offices on Euclid Avenue in Lexington's Chevy Chase neighborhood but broadcasts newscasts from the studios of Gray Television-owned CBS affiliate WKYT-TV (channel 27) on Winchester Road.


WDKY began broadcasting on February 10, 1986 as an independent station. The station was founded by John D. Backe. For a few months, WDKY and then-independent station WLKT (now off the air) competed with each other for the best programming and movies and even airing the Independent Network News. On October 9, 1986, the station became a charter affiliate of Fox. The station began operating from studio facilities located at 434 Interstate Avenue in Lexington. Backe sold WDKY to the MMC Television Corporation in 1989. MMC in turn sold the station to Superior Communications in 1992. In 1996, the station relocated to its current studios on Euclid 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 and Fox agreed to a five-year extension to the network's affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox stations, including WDKY-TV, that ran through 2017.[1]

On January 27, 2020, Sinclair announced that it would sell WDKY and the non-license assets of KGBT-TV in Harlingen, Texas to Nexstar Media Group as part of a settlement between the two companies over Sinclair's failed acquisition of Tribune Media, which was ultimately acquired by Nexstar (KGBT would later come under the operational control of Nexstar in a separate transaction).[2] While WDKY would be Nexstar's first property licensed within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the company's founder, Perry Sook, was once a principal of Superior Communications, making the sale of WDKY to Nexstar a homecoming of sorts. WDKY would also become a sister station with several properties that serve various portions of the state, including WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, WOWK-TV in Charleston, West Virginia, and WEHT and WTVW in Evansville, Indiana (those stations maintain facilities across the Ohio from Evansville in Henderson, Kentucky). In addition, Media General, a company Nexstar acquired in 2017, owned Lexington ABC affiliate WTVQ-DT (channel 36) from 1997 to 2008. The transaction was completed on September 17, 2020.[3] The sale reunited WDKY with some of the former sister stations, such as KXRM-TV/KXTU-LD in Colorado Springs, which Sinclair owns from 2013 to 2014[4] and WTTA in Tampa Bay, which Sinclair owns and operates from 1991 to 2014, when both stations were traded to Media General for some stations,[5][6] as well as KETK-TV in Jacksonville/Tyler/Longview, which Sinclair owns from 1998 to 2004, but operated by Communications Corporation of America from 1999 to 2004,[7] WLAJ in Lansing, which Sinclair owns from 2012 to 2013, when it was sold to Shield Media (with Young Broadcasting operating through a SSA)[8] and WTTV/WTTK in Indianapolis, of which Sinclair owned from 1996 to 2002,[9] when it was sold off to Tribune Broadcasting.[10][11]

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[12]
56.1 720p 16:9 FOX Main WDKY-TV programming / Fox
56.2 480i COMET CometRewind TV (1/1/2022)
56.3 Charge! Charge!
56.4 TBD TBD

WDKY-DT2 was launched in 2011 to serve as an affiliate of TheCoolTV. The subchannel went silent in 2012 due to poor viewership ratings. In 2014, the subchannel was relaunched to serve as an affiliate of GetTV as part of an affiliation deal between GetTV and Sinclair Broadcasting.[13] 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.[14]

On January 15, 2016, WDKY announced the launch of Comet on 56.2, dropping GetTV.[15]

In 2015, WDKY-DT3 was launched to serve as an affiliation with another upstart movie network, Grit. WDKY also commented that ASN programming will be shared on 56.3.[16] In early 2017, Grit was dropped and replaced with Sinclair's new network Charge!

In early June 2017, WDKY launched another new network from Sinclair, called TBD, on WDKY-DT4.

Analog-to-digital conversion

WDKY-TV 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 moved from its pre-transition VHF channel 4 to UHF channel 31.[17][18] 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.

TV spectrum repack

WDKY moved its channel allocation from digital channel 31 to 19 at 10:00 a.m. on May 7, 2019 and remains on virtual channel 56.[19]


In addition to the Fox network schedule, syndicated programming on WDKY includes Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, Tamron Hall, and The Drew Barrymore Show among others.


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 WDKY the first Fox affiliate in Kentucky and the first Sinclair station to air local news in high definition.

Under its new Nexstar management, WDKY will end the WKYT arrangement and begin to originate their own newscasts, including an expanded morning show and 6:30 p.m. newscast, beginning on January 1, 2022.[20]


  1. ^ Sinclair Reups With Fox, Gets WUTB Option, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.
  2. ^ Eggerton, John (27 January 2020). "Sinclair Pays Nexstar $60M, Some Assets, to Settle Tribune Suit". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ "Consummation Notice", CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, 18 September 2020, Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  4. ^ Malone, Michael (February 28, 2013). "Sinclair's Chesapeake TV Acquires Barrington Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Media General, LIN Sell Stations In 5 Markets". TVNewsCheck. August 20, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Malone, Michael (August 20, 2014). "Media General, LIN Divest Stations in Five Markets". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  7. ^ KETK sold to ComCorp
  8. ^ "Young Piecing Together Triopoly In Lansing". TV News Check. October 15, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic". Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  10. ^ "Tribune to Acquire WTTV-TV (WB4), Indianapolis; Purchase Creates Company's Fourth Duopoly". Tribune Broadcasting. PRNewswire. April 19, 2002. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Tribune Co. lands duopoly in Indy with WTTV buy". Indianapolis Business Journal. American City Business Journals. April 29, 2002. Archived from the original on August 14, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2014 – via HighBeam Research.
  12. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for WDKY
  13. ^ "GetTV Signs Big Affiliation Deal with Sinclair". TV NewsCheck. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  14. ^ Murray State @ Southeastern Missouri (October 3, 2015) - American Sports Network Clearance Report. From (Ohio Valley Conference).
  15. ^ WDKY Fox 56 [@FoxLexington] (15 January 2016). "New science fiction network, Comet, starts today on our sub-channel 56-2" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ WDKY Fox 56 [@FoxLexington] (15 January 2016). "@ehatt493 @UK__JB ASN will share 56-3 with Grit TV" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  18. ^ Sloan, Scott (February 10, 2009)."All but one station delay TV switch". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  19. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".
  20. ^ "WDKY FOX 56 announces major expansion of local news programming beginning Jan. 1, 2022" (Press release). WDKY. 17 September 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2021.

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