KFWD Dallas

Channel 52 Texas

KFWD is a Fort Worth, Texas station linked with SonLife Broadcasting and operating in Dallas-Fort Worth market. Owned by NRJ Holdings LLC, the channel has offices located in Coppell with transmitter fixed on south of Belt Line Road in Cedar Hill. Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Dish Network and DirecTV are the cable carriers of the service.

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KFWD was launched from Dallas-Fort Worth on Sep 1, 1988 as a Telemundo affiliate; the calls were previously employed by 101.2 FM which later became KDGE. It for most part of its history would sign off during the overnight hours and therefore couldn’t broadcast all of Telemundo’s lineup that consisted infomercials, classic series and feature films. The channel became a 24-hour service in 2000. It had to lose NBC as the network acquired both KXTX and Telemundo in 2001. It during its final month produced English language infomercial during overnight and morning hours.

Independent: After dropping Telemundo, it became an independent service on Jan 1, 2002 to broadcast general entertainment and syndicated programs left as a vacuum created by KSTR and KXTX as the two joined TeleFutura and Telemundo respectively. It would also begin live coverage of sports at the same time. Belo in 2006 took control of sales and advertising operations of KFWD. Under Belo Corporation management, the channel had the option to create a duopoly with WFAA however, the deal never concluded.

In Oct 2017, it changed its programming format and introduced more classic series and unveiled social media accounts of YouTube and Facebook respectively in Aug 2011 and Oct 2011. It reverted to Spanish language format as a Charter MundoFox affiliate on June 11, 2012. The English language programs of the channel were then displaced to KTXD linked MeTV. MundoFox was renamed as MundoMax on June 27, 2015 after RCN acquired the 21st Century Fox stake in the network.

NRJ TV DFW became the new owner of the channel hen HIC Broadcast Inc. sold it to the former on Jan 8, 2016 after the approval of Federal Communications Commission on Dec 15, 2015. Under the new ownership it changed its affiliation network to Sonlife Broadcasting Network on Sep 1, 2016. As of Dec 9, 2019, the sale of the channel is pending to RNN, the holders of WRNN-TV Associates and is expected to consummate in the first quarter of 2020.