|Kerrville/San Antonio, Texas|
|Channels||Digital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 35 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||35.1 The CW|
(operated through LMA by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
(Deerfield Media (San Antonio) Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||November 6, 1985|
|Call letters' meaning||MYNetworkTV San Antonio (former affiliation)|
|Sister station(s)||WOAI-TV, KABB,
KEYE-TV, KDBC-TV, KFOX-TV
|Former callsigns||KRRT (1985-2006)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
35 (UHF, 1985-2009)
|Former affiliations||independent (1985-1986)
The WB (1998-2006)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KMYS, virtual channel 35, is the CW-affiliated television station in San Antonio, Texas. Owned by Deerfield Media, the station is operated through joint sales and shared services agreements by the Sinclair Broadcast Group as sister to NBC affiliate WOAI-TV and Fox affiliate KABB. It is licensed to the nearby city of Kerrville. Its 473.3-meter-high, guy-wired aerial transmitter, built in 1985, is located near Lakehills, Texas and its shares studios with KABB in Northwest San Antonio on Loop 410.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|35.1||720p||16:9||KMYS-DT||Main KMYS programming / The CW|
KMYS discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 35, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 32, using PSIP to display KMYS' virtual channel as 35 on digital television receivers.
KMYS first hit the airwaves on November 6, 1985, as KRRT, an independent station. The station would be the first independent general entertainment station in the San Antonio market, as well as San Antonio's first new English-language commercial station since what is now KSAT-TV hit the airwaves 28 years earlier. Prior to 1985, San Antonio was the largest market without an independent station. While San Antonio was large enough on paper to support an independent station, the market is a fairly large one geographically. Additionally, despite the city proper's large size (it had almost a million people at the time channel 35 signed on), San Antonio has always been a medium-size market because the surrounding rural and suburban areas, then as now, were not much larger than San Antonio itself.
Affiliations with Fox and then UPN
The station was founded by the TVX Broadcast Group, and along with its TVX stablemates became a charter affiliate of the Fox Broadcasting Company in 1987. Paramount Pictures bought a minority ownership interest in TVX in 1989 and would acquire the rest in 1991, changing its name to the Paramount Stations Group (at the time, it was Paramount's smallest-market station). KRRT dropped its Fox affiliation in 1995 and joined most of its stablemates as a charter affiliate UPN. While Chris-Craft Industries owned the network, Paramount supplied most of its programming.
Later that year, Paramount sold the station to Jet Broadcasting, who began a local marketing agreement (LMA) with cross-town KABB (which had picked up the Fox affiliation abandoned by KRRT), owned by River City Broadcasting; the arrangement was inherited by Sinclair upon its purchase of River City the following year. Jet Broadcasting then sold the station to Glencairn, Ltd. (now Cunningham Broadcasting) in 1997.
With the purchase by Glencairn, KRRT became effectively owned by Sinclair since the Smith family (owners of Sinclair) controlled more than 90 percent of Glencairn's stock. By all accounts, Glencairn/Cunningham has been serving as a shell corporation for Sinclair to circumvent Federal Communications Commission ownership rules, which at the time did not permit duopolies. Before KRRT moved its studios to its current location where KABB has always occupied, it originally had studios further down Loop 410 near Ingram Park Mall.
The WB affiliation
The three-year UPN affiliation on KRRT was dropped in favor of The WB in 1998, as part of a larger affiliation agreement between the network and Sinclair. The WB had been shown only on cable through Superstation WGN (now WGN America), as the network previously was unavailable over-the-air in San Antonio. NBC affiliate KMOL-TV (now WOAI-TV) took over UPN as a secondary affiliate, and ran its programming during the overnight hours (in part due to it being owned at the time by Chris-Craft) until KBEJ, which at that time served both Austin and San Antonio, signed on in 2000.
In the following years, KRRT moved away from classic sitcoms, such as Family Matters, Boy Meets World, The Nanny, Mad About You, Roseanne, The Cosby Show, Sister, Sister, Married... with Children, The Andy Griffith Show, and movies and toward more talk/reality and court shows, such as Judge Mills Lane and Judge Judy. It also gradually cut back on cartoons, such as Hercules: The Animated Series, Doug, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, and Pocket Dragon Adventures leaving only the network-provided Kids WB programming, such as Pokémon and Histeria!. Sinclair bought KRRT outright in 2001 as part of a group deal with four other Glencairn stations after it was slapped with a $40,000 fine earlier that year for illegally controlling Glencairn.
Switch to MyNetworkTV
KRRT seemed likely to become an affiliate of The CW upon the closure of The WB and UPN in 2006, since KBEJ has a rimshot signal over San Antonio and Austin. However, on March 2, 2006, Sinclair announced that most of its WB and UPN affiliates, including KRRT, would instead join MyNetworkTV; the CW affiliation ultimately went to the renamed KCWX, which soon pulled out of the Austin market due to KNVA serving as its CW affiliate. To reflect the new affiliation, the call letters were changed to KMYS on June 19, 2006.
In late 2006, Sinclair moved the 4Kids TV line-up from KABB back to KMYS (which had shown the predecessor Fox Kids block as a Fox affiliate). Fox's current Saturday morning infomercial block, Weekend Marketplace, is likewise aired on KMYS.
Affiliation with The CW
Sinclair cut a deal with The CW on February 12, 2010 to move its San Antonio affiliation from KCWX to KMYS; as a result, the two stations swapped affiliations on August 30. This affiliation swap made KMYS the only station in the country to have been affiliated with all five of the major post-1986 television networks. KMYS retained Weekend Marketplace on Saturday mornings but has opted to air The CW4Kids/Toonzai over two shorter blocks: The first two hours of the block air from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday mornings while the last three hours air from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday mornings. (Toonzai was replaced by Vortexx on August 25, 2012; however, KMYS continues to air Vortexx over these same two blocks.)
As such, it is one of a handful of CW affiliates which do not air The CW's children's programming block in pattern, and one of the few network affiliates in the country which air network children's programming at a time when young viewers would likely require the use of a DVR to watch (WISN-TV in Milwaukee aired ABC's non-E/I programming on early Monday mornings before World News Now in 2005 before receiving network permission to not air it at all).
Sinclair announced on July 19, 2012 that it would sell KMYS' license to Deerfield Media following its purchase of WOAI-TV from Newport Television. The FCC gave its approval for the deal that November as WOAI and KABB ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in total-day ratings in the San Antonio market (KMYS ranked sixth overall). The transactions were completed on December 3, 2012; however, Sinclair retained control of KMYS's operations through joint sales and shared services agreements. Even though Sinclair now controls all three stations, the operations of KMYS and KABB will remain separate from that of WOAI-TV for the foreseeable future.
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