|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
|Branding||KCWY 13 (general)|
Wyoming News Now (newscasts)
|Affiliations||13.1: NBC (2003–present)|
13.3: Start TV
13.4: Heroes & Icons
|Owner||Gray Television |
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date
|February 21, 2001|
Former channel number(s)
13 (VHF, 2001–2009)
|Pax TV (2001–2003)|
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||571.5 m (1,875 ft)|
|Translator(s)||see table below|
Public license information
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.
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.
In 2008, 2011 and 2012, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters named KCWY its Television Station of the Year. 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. 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. The sale was completed on December 31.
Gray launched The CW Plus on a subchannel of KCWY on January 26, 2015.
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.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||Short name||Programming |
|13.1||1080i||16:9||KCWY||Main KCWY-DT programming / NBC|
|13.2||720p||CW+||Central Wyoming CW|
|13.4||H&I TV||Heroes & Icons|
|City of license||Callsign||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Casper||K16JI-D||16||12.6 kW||−101 m (−331 ft)||185414||Gray Television|
|KCBZ-LD||36||15 kW||577 m (1,893 ft)||185416|
|Riverton||K28HL-D||28||0.3 kW||543 m (1,781 ft)||56592||Riverton-Fremont TV Club, Inc.|