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The milestone was inaugurated that morning with a message by Today host Dave Garroway welcoming the stations in commencing live network telecasts; at that time, WKY increased its programming to 111 hours per week.
In 1953, OPUBCO – whose founder had long been an advocate for improvements to Oklahoma's educational system – donated 0,000 worth of existing WKY-TV broadcasting equipment to the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) for its proposed station on channel 13 (flagship station KETA-TV, which did not sign-on until April 1956).
Following a second round of renovations to the building due to a fire that caused 0,000 in damage on November 17, 1948, most of the technical and production equipment was replaced, and soundproofing material was installed in the auditorium to limit disruptions between production of local programs and stage productions that would be held elsewhere in the building.
The radio station's 968-foot (295 m) broadcast tower, located between Kelley Avenue and the Broadway Extension in northeast Oklahoma City's Britton section, was the site of an accident in which the assembly carrying the WKY-TV transmitter antenna fell 8 feet (2.4 m) (at the tower's 600-foot (180 m) mark) while being hoisted for installation; the antenna suffered minor, albeit repairable dents.
Mark French, a mechanical engineer at the university, and his graduate students Craig Zehrung and Jim Stratton, have shown off their customised ping-pong gun that can fire the balls at a speed of more than 400metres a second, or about Mach 1.2.
Though KTVQ and KLPR respectively signed on as basic affiliates of ABC and Du Mont, channel 4 continued to carry selected programs from the two networks, with ABC programming being retained through a secondary basic affiliation; in contrast, WKY disaffiliated from CBS one month prior to KWTV (channel 9) signing on as an affiliate of that network on December 20.On cable and satellite, the station is available on channel 4 on Cox Communications (which also carries its high definition feed on digital channel 704), AT&T U-verse, Direc TV and Dish Network in the Oklahoma City area.KFOR is also carried via cable throughout much of western and southern Oklahoma, in areas as far away as Guymon (which is in the Oklahoma Panhandle section of the Amarillo market), and Idabel (part of the Shreveport–Texarkana market).The station is carried on Cable One and other cable systems on the Oklahoma side of the Ada–Sherman market as an alternate NBC affiliate, albeit with NBC programs blacked out due to the presence of Ada-licensed KTEN, in compliance with FCC regulations allowing local network affiliates to prohibit cable providers from carrying duplicative network content from an out-of-market station.Fascinated with the medium since the late 1930s, Edward K.
In the winter of early 1948, Gaylord submitted a permit application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build a television station that would transmit on VHF channel 4.