KMNF-LD

Mankato, Minnesota
United States
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7
BrandingKEYC NBC (general)
KEYC News Now (newscasts)
KEYC CW (on LD2)
Programming
Affiliations7.1: NBC
7.2: CW+
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
KEYC-TV
History
First air date
March 2012 (9 years ago) (2012-03)
(as a KEYC translator in St. James, Minnesota; license moved to Mankato in 2019)
December 1, 2019 (21 months ago) (2019-12-01)
(as a separate station)
Former call signs
K38MY-D (2011–2019)
K13AAR-D (CP/STA, 2018–2019)
K07AAH-D (CP, 2019)
Former channel number(s)
Digital:
38 (UHF, 2012–2018)
12 (PSIP, 2012–2017)
CBS/Fox (via KEYC, 2012–2017)
Dark (2017–2019)
Call sign meaning
Mankato, New Ulm, and Fairmont[1]
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID183814
ClassLD
ERP3 kW
HAAT295 m (968 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°56′12.3″N 94°24′39″W / 43.936750°N 94.41083°W / 43.936750; -94.41083
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS

KMNF-LD, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a low-powered, dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Mankato, Minnesota, United States. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to dual CBS/Fox affiliate KEYC-TV (channel 12). The two stations share studios on Lookout Drive in North Mankato; KMNF-LD's transmitter is located near Lewisville, Minnesota.[2]

History

The KMNF-LD license originated as K38MY-D in St. James, Minnesota, a translator for KEYC-TV (then owned by United Communications) on UHF channel 38[3] that signed on in March 2012.[4] K38MY-D went off the air on December 21, 2017 after the expiration of its tower lease agreement with BENCO/CTV; KEYC had operated UHF translators from CTV's Godahl tower since 1993.[5]

On September 14, 2018, K38MY-D was granted a construction permit to move to channel 13 from KEYC-TV's tower as K13AAR-D;[6] the channel change was required following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s spectrum incentive auction and the subsequent repacking of the television band.[7] To maintain its license, the station operated under special temporary authority at reduced power from this facility[7] from November 29[8] to December 6, 2018.[9]

K13AAR-D was included in Gray Television's 2019 purchase of United Communications' television stations.[10]

On May 23, 2019, the station was granted a construction permit to move to channel 7 as K07AAH-D;[11] on June 3, 2019, the call letters were changed to KMNF-LD, a close match for those originally proposed for sister station KEYC-TV in 1958.[12]

On June 24, 2019, Gray announced that KMNF-LD would launch as early as September as an NBC affiliate, with The CW on its second subchannel.[2][13] KEYC-TV itself had launched in 1960 as an NBC affiliate, switching to CBS in 1961.[2] For the next 58 years after that, NBC programming was not available over-the-air in the Mankato market. Since 1981, Minneapolis affiliate KARE and Rochester affiliate KTTC had served as the default NBC affiliates for southwestern Minnesota via cable. KMNF-LD's sign-on leaves ABC and PBS as the only networks to not have over-the-air affiliates in Mankato; ABC programming is carried on cable via KSTP-TV and KAAL, and PBS programming carried via KTCA-TV; with KSTP and KTCA being carried on CTV translators K30FN-D (KSTP) and K26CS-D (KTCA) in St. James.[14][15][16][17]

Testing on KMNF-LD began on October 28, 2019.[18] The station officially signed on December 1, 2019.[19]

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[20]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KMNFLD1 Main KMNF-LD programming / NBC
7.2 720p KMNFLD2 KEYC CW

Newscasts

KMNF-LD began simulcasting some KEYC newscasts on December 2, 2019. KEYC News Now This Morning airs weekdays from 5:30 to 7 a.m. on both KEYC-TV and KMNF-LD. The stations also simulcast the 10 p.m. news on weeknights, with each station airing separate commercials during each simulcast.

References

  1. ^ Arola, Brian (June 24, 2019). "KEYC adding NBC programming in late 2019". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Keegan, Mitch. "KEYC-TV adding 2 more network affiliates this fall". KEYC-TV. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Ellis, Jon (June 24, 2019). "Gray TV To Add NBC, CW Affiliations in Mankato". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Application for a Low Power TV, TV Translator or TV Booston Station License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Keegan, Mitch (December 21, 2017). "Translator Changes May Impact Some Over-the-Air Viewers of KEYC News 12". KEYC.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Displacement for LPTV Translator Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "LPTV Translator Engineering STA Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 13, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Resumption of Operations of a LPTV Translator Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 29, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Resumption of Operations of a LPTV Translator Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. December 11, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Ellis, Jon (June 24, 2019). "Gray TV Buys Mankato Station, First in Minnesota". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Displacement for LPTV Translator Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. April 22, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Call Sign History (KMNF-LD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "CW PLUS Market Clearance (as of September 1, 2019)" (PDF). © 2019 The CW Television Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  14. ^ RabbitEars - Digital TV Market Listing for K30FN-D
  15. ^ RabbitEars - Digital TV Market Listing for K26CS-D
  16. ^ The Webpage of Cooperative TV (CTV)
  17. ^ CTV Channel Listing via the Cooperative TV (CTV) Website
  18. ^ Keegan, Mitch. "Testing underway on new NBC, CW affiliates". KEYC News 12. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  19. ^ Keegan, Mitch. "Programming to start soon for NBC, CW". KEYC News 12. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  20. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMNF-LD