|Branding||KGET-TV 17 (general)
17 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||In the Spirit of the Golden Empire|
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
17.2 The CW
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||November 8, 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Kern
|Sister station(s)||KKEY-LP, KGPE, KSEE|
|Former callsigns||KLYD-TV (1959-1969)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
17 (UHF, 1959-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1959-1974)
|Transmitter power||135 kW|
KGET-TV is a television station serving Bakersfield, California, owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group. It is an NBC affiliate, and transmits on UHF channel 25 (using its former analog channel 17 as its virtual channel via PSIP). KGET also has a digital-only/cable CW outlet called KWFB, one of the The CW Plus stations. It was originally part of The WB 100+ Station Group for the WB network when it was still in operation. The network ended in September 2006 along with UPN to form The CW and KWFB affiliated with the new network. The station's studios are in downtown Bakersfield, and the transmitter site is west of Breckenridge Mountain.
Founded by businessman Ed Urner, channel 17 first broadcast on November 8, 1959 as KLYD, an ABC affiliate. The call letters changed to KJTV in 1969. In 1974, KJTV swapped affiliations with KBAK-TV, becoming a CBS affiliate.
The station's call letters changed again to KPWR-TV in 1978. In 1984, the station changed its calls to the present day "KGET-TV", coinciding with an affiliation swap with KERO-TV to become Bakersfield's NBC affiliate, an affiliation which continues to the present day. That same year the station was purchased by the Ackerley Group. It was sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2001.
KGET stands for "Kern Golden Empire Television," a moniker coined by the station's longtime vice president and general manager, Ray Watson, who was elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 2002. The current KGET manager is RVP/GM Tom Randour.
On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by Providence Equity Partners. However, Providence Equity Partners owns a 19 percent share of the Spanish-language media company Univision, the owner of MyNetworkTV affiliate KUVI-TV. In addition, with only five full-power stations, Bakersfield does not have enough to legally support a co-owned duopoly operation. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the sale, provided that Providence Equity Partners divest either KGET or its stake in Univision as soon as the deal was finalized. That happened on March 14, 2008.
In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell KGET and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting, Inc. due to the aforementioned ownership conflict. The sale closed on September 15, 2008; Newport continued to operate KGET under a shared services agreement. Newport agreed to sell KGET and sister Telemundo affiliate KKEY-LP, as well as KGPE in Fresno, California, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group on November 5, 2012. The FCC approved the sale on January 23, 2013; and the sale was completed on February 19. 
- KLYD-TV News (1959–1964)
- The Six O'clock Report/The Eleven O'clock Report (1964–1970)
- TV-17 News (1970–1975)
- Newscene 17 (1975–1978)
- Channel 17 News (1978–1981)
- The NewsCenter (1981–1984)
- 17 NewsCenter (1984–1991)
- Team 17-The News (1991–1996)
- Team 17 News (1996–2000)
- 17 News (2000–present)
- Color 17, The Color Station (1960s)
- Working in the Spirit of the Golden Empire (1991–present)
KGET News team
Current on-air staff Anchors
- Maddie Janssen - weekday mornings 17 News at Sunrise and noon; also weeknight reporter
- Tami Mlcoch - weeknights at 5 and 11 p.m
- Rachelle Murcia - weeknights at 6 p.m.
- Jim Scott - weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
- Kristin Price - weekends at 5 and 11 p.m.; also multimedia journalist
- Kiyoshi Tomono - weekday mornings 17 News at Sunrise
- Alissa Carlson - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
- Kevin Charette - weather anchor; weekday mornings 17 News at Sunrise and noon
- Kristin Price- meteorologist, weekends at 5 and 11 p.m.; also multimedia journalist
- Mark Hass - sports director; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
- Lina Washington - sports anchor, weekends at 5 and 11 p.m.; also multimedia journalist
- Paul Harris - multimedia journalist
- Kristin Price - live reporter, weekday mornings on 17 News at Sunrise
- Katey Rusch - multimedia journalist
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- "Newport stations drift to High Plains". Television Business Report. 2008-05-21. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
- "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
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- Official website
- Bakersfield's CW homepage
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KGET-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KGET-TV