|Channels||Digital: 41 (UHF)|
|Subchannels||41.1 The CW
41.2 Antenna TV
|Owner||Wilderness Communications, LLC|
|First air date||June 1, 2005|
|Call letters' meaning||Blanchard
|Former channel number(s)||41 (UHF analog, 2005–2009)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (2005–2006)|
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
KBCA is a television station in Alexandria, Louisiana, broadcasting locally on channel 41 as an affiliate of The CW network. It is owned by Carencro, Louisiana-based Wilderness Communications. Its transmitter is based in the nearby town of Oakdale, Louisiana.
In early 2004, rumors had been spreading in the Alexandria market of a possible new television station to be launched. Local media insiders believed White Knight Broadcasting, then owners of Fox affiliate WNTZ was negotiating the purchase of the new channel with plans of moving the Fox affiliation to it. Eventually, upon petitioning the FCC for the new channel, the plans were denied. The owners of White Knight eventually spoke to the previous of owners of WNTZ, Delta Media Corporation. Delta Media executives created a new corporate name, Dimension Broadcasting (a shell company for Wilderness Communications, LLC, another shell broadcasting company Delta Media owned and operated), and petitioned the FCC for the new license and won, becoming Dimension's charter station.
KBCA first signed on the air on June 1, 2005 as a WB Network affiliate. At the time of KBCA's sign-on, The WB Television Network had a group of cable-only stations in markets below the top 99 television media markets in the United States, called The WB 100+ Station Group. Since the WB 100+ was created before digital television was easily available in the United States, most WB 100+ stations were only available on cable, with a few over-the-air broadcast stations. Prior to KBCA's sign-on, the WB was only available to local cable subscribers. During this time, the "WB station" in Alexandria was identified by two different station call letters. It began as "KCLA" WB channel 6, and then later as "KAXN" WB channel 65.
White Knight Broadcasting was instrumental in assisting Dimension Broadcasting establish a relationship with the WB 100+ Station Group for the new KBCA, since White Knight also had previously owned the LMA to the Alexandria WB 100+ cable-only affiliate, KAXN. Furthermore, the Dimension/Wilderness and White Knight relationship helped the owners of Dimension/Wilderness eventually purchase two more stations, KLWB in Lafayette, Louisiana, and KCEB in Tyler, Texas. Both of these stations became WB affiliates (under the WB 100+ Station Group). In turn, the Dimension Broadcasting ownership allowed White Knight to operate KBCA under a LMA, managed by the staff of WNTZ. The headquarters and master control operation for KBCA (and later KLWB) eventually were established in Carencro, Louisiana, in space once occupied by a restaurant owned by Delta Media that houses that company's television and radio properties. KBCA established its local base of operation within offices Delta Media own along Alexandria's Jackson Street, which at the time were being rented by White Knight for WNTZ's base of operation.
On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN networks announced they would merge into a new singular network, The CW. In turn, Fox owner News Corporation announced the creation of MyNetworkTV for those stations left out in the cold due to The CW merger. KBCA, which held The WB affiliation a mere six months prior to the announced CW merger, was a perfect match and was announced as the Alexandria affiliate of The CW, which commenced operations on September 18, 2006. After The CW announcement by KBCA, KBCA's former elder sister station, Fox affiliate WNTZ was announced as MyNetworkTV's home under a secondary affiliation agreement. Former UPN station KWCE-LP (channel 36 at the time), became an affiliate of Retro Television Network, and moved to channel 27 on the television dial.
Due to the bankruptcy of White Knight Broadcasting and its sister company Communications Corporation of America, both based in Lafayette, it was forced to dissolve its LMA with Dimension Broadcasting by the middle of 2006. However, operations of both KBCA and WNTZ remained in the Jackson Street offices, even though each station was operating separately as two companies occupying the office space. WNTZ eventually left the rented office space in the building by 2007 and moved, leaving KBCA alone on its own property. The owners eventually moved the entire operation of KBCA to its headquarters in Carenco shortly thereafter, leaving no base of operation for KBCA in Alexandria at all.
Upcoming loss of CW affiliation
On December 15, 2015, Gray Television, which owns KALB-TV (channel 5), came to terms on an extension of their existing CW affiliations; the press release announcing the extension also revealed Gray agreed to a new affiliation agreement with The CW for the Alexandria market, placing the network on a new third digital subchannel of KALB-TV in the fall of 2016, meaning KBCA will lose their network affiliation at that time.
Because it was granted an original construction permit after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997 , the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on or before June 12, 2009, which is the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KBCA was required to turn off its analog signal and turn on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|41.1||720p||16:9||KBCA-HD||Main KBCA-TV programming / The CW (Replacement Programming Soon)|
|41.3||Heroes & Icons|
|41.4||Simulcast of KSLO-FM|
On August 1, 2012, KBCA added Antenna TV to channel 41.2, and Heroes & Icons on 41.3 July 1, 2015
On January 31, 2013, it began broadcasting in HD.
- Romano, Allison. "Broadcasters join The WB 100+.". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- Kuperberg, Jonathan (15 December 2015). "Gray TV, The CW Ink Affiliate Agreement Extension, Add 4 New Stations". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KBCA