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KCWY logo
KCWY-DT2 logo.jpg
Casper, Wyoming
United States
BrandingKCWY 13 (general)
Wyoming News Now (newscasts)
SloganNBC for Wyoming (general)
Where News Comes First (news)
ChannelsDigital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Subchannels(see article)
AffiliationsNBC (2003–present)
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air dateFebruary 21, 2001 (18 years ago) (2001-02-21)
Call letters' meaningK Casper, WYoming
K Central WYoming
Sister station(s)KGWN-TV
Former channel number(s)Analog:
13 (VHF, 2001–2009)
Former affiliationsPax TV (2001–2003)
Transmitter power3.2 kW
Height571.5 m (1,875 ft)
Facility ID68713
Transmitter coordinates42°44′37″N 106°18′26″W / 42.74361°N 106.30722°W / 42.74361; -106.30722 (KCWY-DT)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KCWY-DT is a dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Casper, Wyoming, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 (or virtual channel 13 via PSIP) from a transmitter atop Casper Mountain. The station maintains studios on Progress Circle in Mills, Wyoming.

KCWY serves as the NBC affiliate for most of Wyoming through four low-powered translators: KSWY-LP (channel 29) in Sheridan (currently off the air), KCHY-LP (channel 13) in Cheyenne, KWYM-LP (channel 14) in Laramie and K28HL-D (channel 28) in Riverton. KCWY's programming is also simulcast on the second digital subchannel of KSGW-TV (channel 12) in Sheridan. All stations, except K28HL-D, are owned by Gray Television.


KCWY signed on the air in February 2001 as an affiliate of the Pax TV network. On September 1, 2003, KCWY became the new NBC affiliate in the Casper market after NBC severed its affiliation with longtime affiliate KTWO-TV (channel 2). KCWY launched its first newscast (News 13 First at Five) on September 22, 2003.

KCWY News 13 reporter Frances Lin interviews man about the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 at Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming

In 2008, 2011 and 2012, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters named KCWY its Television Station of the Year.[1] In June 2013, Intermountain West Communications Company filed to sell KCWY to Frontier Radio Management, through subsidiary Yellowstone Holdings; the deal made it a sister station with KGWN-TV, which SagamoreHill Broadcasting was also selling to Yellowstone through a separate deal.[2] On November 4, 2013, Gray Television announced a deal to acquire Yellowstone Holdings for $23 million. As a result of the acquisition, KCHY-LP was consolidated with KGWN-TV.[3] The sale was completed on December 31.[4]

Gray launched The CW Plus on a subchannel of KCWY on January 26, 2015.[5]

On January 24, 2019, Gray announced that KCWY-DT would merge its news operation with KGWN-TV by April 9, under the Wyoming News Now banner, a banner similar to those used by some sister stations that were recently acquired from Raycom Media. Under this arrangement, KCWY's 5 p.m. newscast will be the only Casper-specific newscast, with Jeopardy! replacing the 6 p.m. newscast, and all other newscasts being simulcast from KGWN in Cheyenne and covering both markets. Four of KCWY's 15 news staffers will be retained in Casper following the merger, with the remainder being offered positions at other Gray stations. The consolidation came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) blocked Gray's acquisition of the CBS affiliation of KGWC-TV (channel 14), which would have given Gray a second revenue stream to cover KCWY's financial losses.[6][7]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [8]
13.1 1080i 16:9 KCWYNBC Main KCWY-DT programming / NBC
13.2 720p KCWY-CW Central Wyoming CW
13.3 480i Start TV
13.4 Heroes & Icons

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WAB Awards
  2. ^ "Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gray Buying Yellowstone Stations". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  4. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 January 2014
  5. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/80568/gray-renews-all-its-nbc-cw-affiliations
  6. ^ Klamann, Seth (January 24, 2019). "KCWY 13 to combine with Cheyenne station, reduce Casper reporting workforce to 4". Casper Star-Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Jacobson, Adam (January 24, 2019). "ACA Slams Gray For DOJ Blame On Wyoming News Cut". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  8. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=KCWY-DT#station

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