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KSWL-LD Logo.png
Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
BrandingCBS Lake Charles
SloganLake Charles' CBS Station
ChannelsDigital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Subchannels17.1 CBS
OwnerWaypoint Media
(Lake Charles Television, LLC)
First air dateFebruary 15, 2017 (2 years ago) (2017-02-15)
Call letters' meaningK SouthWest Louisiana
Sister station(s)KWWE-LD
Former callsignsK17KH-D (2011–2017)
Former channel number(s)17 (UHF, 2017–2019)
Transmitter power15 kW
Height163.5 m (536 ft)
Facility ID185296
Transmitter coordinates30°13′16.4″N 93°18′40.9″W / 30.221222°N 93.311361°W / 30.221222; -93.311361
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KSWL-LD, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 34), is a low-powered CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States. Owned by Waypoint Media, it is a sister station to low-powered primary MyNetworkTV and secondary MeTV affiliate KWWE-LD (channel 19). The two stations share studios on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles and transmitter facilities at the KTSR tower in Westlake.

On cable, KSWL-LD is available on Suddenlink channel 10.


In 2011, the FCC awarded the construction permit for the station, with the call sign of K17KH-D. The current KSWL-LD calls were adopted on February 10, 2017. Five days later, the station went on the air as the Lake Charles area's CBS affiliate.[1]

KSWL-LD is the area's first CBS affiliate since the shutdown of its original CBS affiliate, KTAG-TV (UHF channel 25), in August 1961.[2] Between that time, KLFY-TV in Lafayette served as the default CBS affiliate via cable for Southwestern Louisiana, while Beaumont affiliate KFDM was carried by a few cable providers in some areas of the market. Between KSWL-LD's sign-on as part of CBS, sister station KWWE-LD's sign on as a MyNetworkTV affiliate, and Fox affiliate KVHP launching ABC programming on its DT2 subchannel, the year 2017 marks the first time that the Lake Charles area has received over-the-air service from every major television network, having previously relied on cable television to supply network affiliates from Lafayette and Beaumont for CBS, ABC, MyNetwork TV, and, until 2009, The CW.[3][4]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[5]
17.1 1080i 16:9 KSWL-LD Main KSWL-LD programming / CBS


  1. ^ "Lake Charles gets a local CBS television station". AmericanPress.com. Retrieved 2017-02-19.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Lake Charles First CBS Television Network Affiliate - Lake Charles, LA". lakecharles.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  3. ^ Digital TV Market Listing for KWWE-LD
  4. ^ KVHP Launching ABC Feed On Subchannel
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KSWL-LD

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