Albert Lea, Minnesota-
Mason City, Iowa
|City of license||Rochester|
Rochester CW (on DT2)
TV Now (on DT2)
|Channels||Digital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
10.2 The CW
|Translators||50 W50DR-D (UHF)
La Crosse, WI
(KTTC Television, Inc.)
|First air date||July 14, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||Total Tri-State Coverage|
|Sister station(s)||KXLT-TV, WKOW, WXOW/WQOW, WAOW/WYOW/WMOW|
|Former callsigns||KROC-TV (1953-1976)|
|Former channel number(s)||10 (VHF analog, 1953-2009)
36 (UHF digital, 2000-2009)
62 K62EV Winona, MN
67 W67CH La Crosse, WI
70 K70DR Blue Earth, MN
|Former affiliations||DuMont (1953-1955)
all secondary 
|Transmitter power||43.1 kW|
KTTC is the NBC-affiliated television station for the Driftless Area of Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. Licensed to Rochester, Minnesota, the station broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 from a transmitter, south of Ostrander, Minnesota, near the Fillmore and Mower County line. Owned by Quincy Newspapers, KTTC operates the area's Fox affiliate KXLT-TV (owned by SagamoreHill Broadcasting) through a shared services agreement. Both stations share studios, on Bandel Road Northwest in Rochester, along U.S. 52. Syndicated programming on KTTC includes Inside Edition, Judge Judy, The Doctors, and Cash Cab among others.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|10.1||1080i||16:9||KTTC-DT||Main KTTC Programming / NBC|
In the La Crosse, Wisconsin area, KTTC can be seen over-the-air through a low-powered digital translator, W50DR-D, which carries both the main KTTC service and a CW subchannel in high definition. This station broadcasts on UHF channel 50 from a transmitter at the studios of sister outlet ABC affiliate WXOW on County Highway 25 in La Crescent, Minnesota. It provides over-the-air service of NBC to viewers in La Crosse unable to receive WEAU (based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin) due to area topography.
Interestingly, there are two different signals from the same tower carrying The CW Plus national service as WXOW also carries a CW subchannel. However, WEAU and WXOW-DT2 are considered the area's primary NBC and CW affiliates respectively and are the only affiliates available on cable and satellite television providers.
The station launched on July 14, 1953 under the KROC-TV call sign, and was the first station in Southern Minnesota and third in the state after KSTP-TV and WTCN-TV in the Twin Cities. Launched by G. David Gentling (son of KROC radio owner Gregory P. Gentling), it was sister to KROC radio (AM 1340 and FM 106.9). The station carried programming from all four commercial networks of the 1950s: ABC, CBS, and DuMont but was a primary NBC affiliate.  The family operation eventually became the Southern Minnesota Broadcasting Company.
In 1976, due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) restrictions on ownership of multiple stations in a single market, the station was purchased by Quincy Newspapers from Southern Minnesota Broadcasting. The call letters became KTTC. KTTC-DT began broadcasting on UHF channel 36 in September 2000.  It ceased analog broadcasting on VHF channel 10 at approximately 1:35 on the afternoon of February 17, 2009.  Later that afternoon, KTTC-DT commenced digital broadcasting on channel 10.  The station's pre-transition digital facility on channel 36 became the final post-transition facility for ABC affiliate KAAL. 
In 2001, Quincy bought Shockley Communications (then owner of KXLT). However, Quincy could not buy KXLT due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules governing duopolies. The FCC does not allow two of the four highest-rated stations to be owned by one company. Additionally, Rochester/Austin/Mason City has only six full-power stations, not enough to legally permit a duopoly in any case. Nevertheless, Quincy took over KXLT's operations under a shared services agreement. Shockley would later sell the Fox station to SagamoreHill Broadcasting in 2005 which continued the operational agreement with Quincy.
In the La Crosse area, KTTC analog translator W67CH channel 67 ceased broadcasting on November 4, 2009.  It was replaced with digital translator station W50DR-D which went on-the-air at 2:10 in the afternoon on October 14.  KTTC previously operated two additional analog translators, in Winona (K62EV, channel 62) and Blue Earth (K70DR, channel 70), both left the air on December 29, 2011, due to the end of broadcasting on channels above 51 (K70DR in particular was one of the few remaining stations still operating on channel 70, which was phased out starting in 1983).
Since CBS affiliate KIMT is licensed to the Iowa side of the market, it has traditionally focused coverage on that state compared with the area's other stations (KTTC and KAAL) which are based in Minnesota. In addition to its main studios, KTTC operates an Austin Bureau, within the Riverland Community College campus, on 8th Avenue Northwest. KAAL has most of its operations based in Austin but maintains a secondary facility in Rochester. For its coverage of Minnesota, KIMT only operates an advertising sales office in Albert Lea.
Through a news share agreement in place since 2001, KTTC produces a thirty minute newscast seen Sunday through Friday nights on KXLT. Known as Fox 47 News at Nine, the program originates from a secondary set at the Bandel Road Northwest studios that features its own graphics package and news music theme. KXLT uses most of KTTC's on-air personnel but maintains separate news anchors who can report for the NBC affiliate. At some point in 2009, KIMT added the market's second prime time local news show at 9 to its MyNetworkTV-affiliated second digital subchannel. This newscast could be seen for a half hour competing with KXLT's broadcast. Eventually, the effort would be reduced to a five minute weather cut-in featuring an updated forecast.
On June 12, 2009, KIMT became the market's first television station to upgrade local newscast production to 16x9 enhanced definition widescreen (with some portions in full high definition). Although not truly HD, the aspect ratio matched that of high definition television screens. Video reports from the field were still seen in pillarboxed 4:3 standard definition. It would not be until March 20, 2011 when KTTC performed an upgrade to full high definition newscasts. With the launch to HD came a brand new set and high definition graphics. KXLT made the switch a day later debuting an updated set of graphics of its own similar to Quincy-owned WSJV in South Bend, Indiana.
On July 28, 2014, KXLT added a weekday morning show at 8 a.m., known as Fox in the Morning, which can currently be seen only for a half hour. Although the broadcast does offer news and weather updates, the program is formatted more like a magazine with lifestyle, cooking, and style segments. Eventually, this broadcast may be extended into the 7 a.m. hour to offer a true local alternative to the national morning programs seen on the big three affiliates.  KTTC maintains a relationship with Charter in Olmsted County, Minnesota to provide local news updates on HLN. It is the only station in the market to operate its own Doppler weather radar and this device (also seen on KXLT) is based next to the main studios in Rochester.
Notable former on-air staff
- TV's digital conversion begins in Rochester, Post-Bulletin, Feb 17/2009
- Congress postpones DTV transition, but KTTC-TV, KXLT will end analog broadcasting Feb. 17, KTTC-TV, Feb 4 2009
- "Re: K62EV, Winona, Minnesota…K70DR, Blue Earth, Minnesota…". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 7, 2011.
- KTTC mobile
- KTTC-DT2 "Rochester CW"
- KXLT-TV "Fox 47"
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTTC
- Query the FCC's TV station database for W50DR-D