|Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas|
|Branding||KCWE Kansas City's CW (general)
KMBC 9 News (during KMBC-produced newscasts)
This TV Kansas City
|Slogan||Gotta Be KCWE
The Team You Trust;
Kansas City's News Leader (news)
|Channels||Digital: 31 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||29.1 The CW
29.2 This TV
(Hearst Stations Inc.)
|First air date||September 14, 1996|
|Call letters' meaning||Derived from KCWB
Kansas City's World of Entertainment
|Former callsigns||KCWB (1996–1998)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
29 (UHF, 1996–2008)
|Former affiliations||The WB (1996–1998)
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
KCWE, virtual channel 29 (UHF digital channel 31), is a CW-affiliated television station serving Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas. The station is owned by the Hearst Television division of the Hearst Corporation, as part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate KMBC-TV (channel 9). The two outlets share studios on Winchester Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri's Swope Park Ridge-Winchester section along I-435, and its transmitter is located at the intersection of East 23rd Street and Topping Avenue in the city's Blue Valley section.
On cable, KCWE is carried on Comcast channel 2, Time Warner Cable channel 7, SureWest channel 16 and AT&T U-verse channel 29. Syndicated programming on the station includes Two and a Half Men, Extra, Maury, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Steve Wilkos Show and 30 Rock.
- 1 Digital television
- 2 History
- 3 Newscasts
- 4 References
- 5 External links
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|29.1||1080i||16:9||KCWE-DT||Main KCWE programming / The CW|
On March 3, 2009, the station began airing This TV on a new second digital subchannel.
KCWE shut down its analog signal on December 15, 2008, two months before the originally scheduled February 17, 2009 analog shutdown for full-power stations. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 31. However, through the use of PSIP, KCWE's virtual channel is displayed as 29. The UHF channel 29 allotment was subsequently taken over by the digital signal of sister station KMBC.
Prior history of channel 29 in Kansas City
Prior to the launch of KCWE, the analog UHF channel 29 allotment was originally home to low-powered ValueVision affiliate K29CF. To make way for a new full-powered station on that channel, that station moved to channel 48 in the mid-1990s, becoming K48FS. Today, that station (now using the callsign KUKC-LP) serves as the market's Univision affiliate.
KCWE station history
Early years with The WB, and then UPN
KCWE first signed on the air on September 14, 1996, as WB affiliate KCWB (standing for "Kansas City's WB"). It was originally operated by a locally owned company,[who?] but was managed by the Hearst Corporation (owner of KMBC-TV) through a local marketing agreement. Initially, the station ran a mix of cartoons, recent off-network sitcoms, talk shows, court shows and movies. KCWB's operations were taken over by Hearst-Argyle Television (now Hearst Television) in 1997, after the merger of Hearst Corporation's broadcasting division with Argyle Television Holdings II.
In January 1998, KSMO-TV, previously a UPN affiliate, joined The WB after its owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group, cut an affiliation deal with the network for its five UPN affiliates at the time. KCWB subsequently joined UPN, but still offered The WB's children's program block Kids' WB until June of that year, because KSMO still held a contract to air Fox Kids (which was not carried by the area's Fox station, WDAF-TV); at that time, Fox Kids moved to KCWB as well. Channel 29 would change its call letters to the current KCWE on August 24, 1998. Hearst bought the station outright in 2001; however, Hearst-Argyle continued to consider KCWE to be managed rather than owned by the company for several years afterward, as the station was officially owned by an indirect subsidiary of the Hearst Corporation instead of its Hearst-Argyle division (then a publicly traded company controlled by Hearst).
For most of its tenure as a WB affiliate, KCWB's "WB29" logo was similar to the "WB32" logo used on Tampa, Florida sister station WWWB-TV. Following the switch to UPN, KCWE briefly used the branding "KC29", ultimately becoming "More TV 29" for several years to once again match its Tampa sister, by then WMOR-TV. KCWE would drop the "More TV" moniker by 2005 (in favor of using its call letters and the slogan "Kansas City's UPN"), but would retain the logo style for most of the remainder of UPN's existence (KMBC would bring back the branding, as "MOREtv Kansas City", on September 14, 2010, when it began airing general entertainment programming on weeknights from 6 until 11 on its second digital subchannel that was otherwise affiliated with The Local AccuWeather Channel). KCWE dropped Fox Kids in the fall of 1999 in favor of adding more talk and reality programming; Fox Kids programming then moved to independent station KMCI-TV (channel 38). Channel 29 ceased carrying children's programming on weekdays altogether, when UPN ended its Sunday through Friday morning children's program block Disney's One Too in August 2003.
On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced that The WB and UPN would shut down broadcasting operations that September and combine their higher-rated programming on a new service called The CW Television Network. On March 7, The CW and Hearst announced KCWE would become Kansas City's CW affiliate. As the station already had "CW" in its call letters, station management said it would take advantage of this and leave the callsign unchanged. The old logo was dispensed altogether in August of that year, when KCWE's new logo reflecting the CW affiliation began to be used. KCWE affiliated with The CW, when the network made its debut on September 18, 2006.
In late March 2010, Hearst filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to transfer KCWE's license from its indirect subsidiary (doing business as "KCWE-TV Company") directly to the larger Hearst Television subsidiary, the transfer was completed on May 1. As it is a sister station to KMBC, the station might take on responsibility of running ABC programming in the event that KMBC cannot due to extended breaking news or severe weather coverage, or broadcasts of sporting events, and/or the MDA Show of Strength. KCWE serves as an alternate CW affiliate for the St. Joseph, Missouri television market; officially though, that market's CW affiliate is KNPN-LD (owned by News-Press & Gazette Company), which carries the network's programming through the The CW Plus service on its third digital subchannel, a channel that previously operated as cable-only "WBJO" prior to June 2, 2012. In 2010, it aired all Kansas City Wizards MLS games except those already under a national broadcast agreement.
For many years, KCWB/KCWE aired no local newscasts despite being operated by KMBC. Station management cited a fear of "cannibalizing" KMBC's audience as a reason for not expanding news offerings to channel 29. This policy was abandoned on March 3, 2008, when KMBC added a two-hour extension of its weekday morning newscast. Known as KMBC 9 FirstNews on KCWE, the broadcast can be seen from 7 to 9 a.m., while KMBC airs Good Morning America. KCWE's weekday morning program competes with an in-house morning newscast on WDAF-TV and an hour-long newscast on KSMO that is produced by its sister station KCTV.
On September 14, 2010, KMBC added a third option for primetime news to the Kansas City airways. Known as KMBC 9 News at 9 on KCWE, the half-hour weeknight-only program also airs against a half-hour nightly local newscast seen on KSMO (launched in the fall of 2005 and also produced by KCTV) and a nightly in-house 9 p.m. newscast that WDAF has aired since it affiliated with Fox in September 1994. The weeknight newscast on KCWE airs commercial-free for the first nine minutes (a play on its sister station's on-air branding) featuring the day's top headlines and an updated weather forecast segment within that time. As is the case on KMBC, all local newscasts seen on KCWE is aired in high definition.
Current on-air staff
Members of KMBC-TV's news staff serving as anchors of KCWE's newscasts are Diane Cho (weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter), Kelly Eckerman (weeknights at 9:00 p.m.; also health reporter), David Hall (weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter), Len Jennings (weeknights at 9:00 p.m.), Kris Ketz (weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m.; also weeknight reporter) and Donna Pitman (weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m.).
The First Alert Weather team includes chief meteorologist Bryan Busby (AMS Seal of Approval; weeknights at 9:00 p.m.; also heard on KPRS-FM), meteorologists Lisa Teachman (AMS Seal of Approval; member, NWA; weekends at 9:00 p.m.) and Erin Little (member, AMS; fill-in meteorologist) and weather anchor Joel Nichols (weekday mornings from 7:00-9:00 a.m., also heard on KMBZ-AM-FM).
The sports team includes sports director emeritus Len Dawson (also sports reporter and fill-in sports anchor), sports anchors Johnny Kane (weeknights at 9:00 p.m.; also sports reporter and producer) and Karen Kornacki (weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also sports reporter).
KMBC's reporting staff includes Maria Antonia (general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor), Martin Augustine (general assignment reporter), Peggy Breit (general assignment reporter), Bev Chapman (general assignment reporter), Jana Corrie (general assignment reporter), Cliff Judy (general assignment reporter), Micheal Mahoney (general assignment reporter), Marcus Moore (general assignment reporter), Stephanie Ramos (weekday morning reporter), Johnny Rowlands ("NewsChopper 9" helicopter pilot and weekday morning traffic reporter), Kerri Stowell (weekday morning traffic reporter; also fill-in news anchor) and Brenda Washington (weekday morning reporter). Reporters for the Hearst Television Washington Bureau are Hallie Jackson (weekday mornings), Sally Kidd and Nikole Killion.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KCWE
- "KCWE To Switch To DTV Dec. 15". KMBC.com. November 14, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
- KCWE to Make Early Switch to DTV, TVNewsCheck, December 3, 2008.
- List of Digital Full-Power Stations
- Call Sign History
- 'Gilmore Girls' meet 'Smackdown'; CW Network to combine WB, UPN in CBS-Warner venture beginning in September, CNNMoney.com, January 24, 2006.
- UPN and WB to Combine, Forming New TV Network, The New York Times, January 24, 2006.
- Fox 26 KNPN Coverage Area
- Wizards on KCWE this Season
- KMBC-TV News Team
- Official website
- KCWE-DT2 website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCWE
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCWE-TV