KCWY-DT
KCWY logo

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Casper, Wyoming
United States
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 13
BrandingKCWY 13 (general)
Wyoming News Now (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations13.1: NBC (2003–present)
13.2: CW+
13.3: Start TV
13.4: Heroes & Icons
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
History
First air date
February 21, 2001 (21 years ago) (2001-02-21)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
13 (VHF, 2001–2009)
Pax TV (2001–2003)
Call sign meaning
Casper, Wyoming
-or-
Central Wyoming
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID68713
ERP3.2 kW
HAAT571.5 m (1,875 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°44′37″N 106°18′26″W / 42.74361°N 106.30722°W / 42.74361; -106.30722 (KCWY-DT)
Translator(s)see table below
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.wyomingnewsnow.tv

KCWY-DT (channel 13) is a television station in Casper, Wyoming, United States, affiliated with NBC and The CW Plus. Owned by Gray Television, the station has studios on Progress Circle in Mills, Wyoming, and its transmitter is located atop Casper Mountain.

KCWY-DT serves as the NBC affiliate for most of Wyoming. The station is relayed on low-powered translator K28HL-D (channel 28) in Riverton, which is owned by the Riverton-Fremont TV Club, Inc. KCWY's programming was also simulcast on the second digital subchannel of KSGW-TV (channel 12) in Sheridan until January 1, 2019, and on KSWY-LP (channel 29) in Sheridan, KCHY-LP (channel 13) in Cheyenne and KWYM-LP (channel 14) in Laramie until July 13, 2021.

History

KCWY signed on the air in February 2001 as an affiliate of the Pax TV network. On September 1, 2003, KCWY became the new NBC affiliate in the Casper market after NBC severed its affiliation with longtime affiliate KTWO-TV (channel 2). KCWY launched its first newscast (News 13 First at Five) on October 1, 2003.

KCWY News 13 reporter Frances Lin interviews man about the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 at Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming
KCWY News 13 reporter Frances Lin interviews man about the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 at Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

In 2008, 2011 and 2012, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters named KCWY its Television Station of the Year.[1] In June 2013, Intermountain West Communications Company filed to sell KCWY to Frontier Radio Management, through subsidiary Yellowstone Holdings; the deal made it a sister station with KGWN-TV, which SagamoreHill Broadcasting was also selling to Yellowstone through a separate deal.[2] On November 4, 2013, Gray Television announced a deal to acquire Yellowstone Holdings for $23 million. As a result of the acquisition, KCHY-LP was consolidated with KGWN-TV.[3] The sale was completed on December 31.[4]

Gray launched The CW Plus on a subchannel of KCWY on January 26, 2015.[5]

KCWY was also seen in Sheridan on KSWY-LP, analog channel 29, and then as a subchannel of KOTA-TV satellite KSGW-TV when Gray bought KOTA and its network in 2016. Sheridan is located in the Rapid City, South Dakota, television market. As a result of KNBN, that market's NBC affiliate, asserting its exclusive rights to NBC programming in Sheridan, and the network's support of KNBN in this endeavor, Gray removed the KCWY subchannel from KSGW-TV on January 1, 2019.[6]

On January 24, 2019, Gray announced that KCWY-DT would merge its news operation with KGWN-TV by April 9, under the Wyoming News Now banner, a banner similar to those used by some sister stations that were recently acquired from Raycom Media. Under this arrangement, KCWY's 5 p.m. newscast will be the only Casper-specific newscast, with Jeopardy! replacing the 6 p.m. newscast, and all other newscasts being simulcast from KGWN in Cheyenne and covering both markets. Four of KCWY's 15 news staffers will be retained in Casper following the merger, with the remainder being offered positions at other Gray stations. The consolidation came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) blocked Gray's acquisition of the CBS affiliation of KGWC-TV (channel 14), which would have given Gray a second revenue stream to cover KCWY's financial losses.[7][8]

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming [9]
13.1 1080i 16:9 KCWY Main KCWY-DT programming / NBC
13.2 720p CW+ Central Wyoming CW
13.3 480i StartTV Start TV
13.4 H&I TV Heroes & Icons

Translators

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates Owner
Casper K16JI-D 16 12.6 kW −101 m (−331 ft) 185414 42°50′59.9″N 106°21′48.9″W / 42.849972°N 106.363583°W / 42.849972; -106.363583 (K16JI-D) Gray Television
K18JQ-D 18 2.3 kW 185415 42°50′59.9″N 106°21′48.9″W / 42.849972°N 106.363583°W / 42.849972; -106.363583 (K18JQ-D)
KCBZ-LD 36 15 kW 577 m (1,893 ft) 185416 42°44′26″N 106°21′36″W / 42.74056°N 106.36000°W / 42.74056; -106.36000 (KCBZ-LD)
Riverton K28HL-D 28 0.3 kW 543 m (1,781 ft) 56592 43°27′27.3″N 108°11′41.8″W / 43.457583°N 108.194944°W / 43.457583; -108.194944 (K28HL-D) Riverton-Fremont TV Club, Inc.

See also

References

  1. ^ WAB Awards
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gray Buying Yellowstone Stations". TVNewsCheck. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 January 2014
  5. ^ "Gray Renews All Its NBC, CW Affiliations - TV News Check". 5 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Recent NBC station change limits viewership options". The Sheridan Press. January 8, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Klamann, Seth (January 24, 2019). "KCWY 13 to combine with Cheyenne station, reduce Casper reporting workforce to 4". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Jacobson, Adam (January 24, 2019). "ACA Slams Gray For DOJ Blame On Wyoming News Cut". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "RabbitEars.Info".