|Channels||Digital: 12 (VHF)|
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
|Branding||KCWY 13 (general)|
Wyoming News Now (newscasts)
|Slogan||NBC for Wyoming (general)|
Where News Comes First (news)
|Affiliations||13.1: NBC (2003–present)|
13.3: Start TV
13.4: Heroes & Icons
|Owner||Gray Television |
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date
|February 21, 2001|
Former channel number(s)
13 (VHF, 2001–2009)
|Pax TV (2001–2003)|
Call sign meaning
|K Casper, WYoming|
K Central WYoming
|HAAT||571.5 m (1,875 ft)|
Public license information
KCWY-DT, virtual channel 13 (VHF digital channel 12), is a dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Casper, Wyoming, United States. The station's studios are located on Progress Circle in Mills, Wyoming, and its transmitter is located atop Casper Mountain.
KCWY-DT serves as the NBC affiliate for most of Wyoming through three low-powered translators: KCHY-LP (channel 13) in Cheyenne, KWYM-LP (channel 14) in Laramie and K28HL-D (channel 28) in Riverton. KCWY's programming was also simulcast on the second digital subchannel of KSGW-TV (channel 12) in Sheridan until January 1, 2019. 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.
In 2008, 2011 and 2012, the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters named KCWY its Television Station of the Year. 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. 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. The sale was completed on December 31.
KCWY was also seen in Sheridan on KSWY-LP, analog channel 29, and then as a subchannel of KOTA-TV satellite KSGW-TV when Gray bought KOTA and its network in 2016. Sheridan is located in the Rapid City, South Dakota, television market. As a result of KNBN, that market's NBC affiliate, asserting its exclusive rights to NBC programming in Sheridan, and the network's support of KNBN in this endeavor, Gray removed the KCWY subchannel from KSGW-TV on January 1, 2019.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP short name||Programming |
|13.1||1080i||16:9||KCWY||Main KCWY-DT programming / NBC|
|13.2||720p||CW+||Central Wyoming CW|
|13.4||H&I TV||Heroes & Icons|
- WAB Awards
- "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.
- "Gray Buying Yellowstone Stations". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
- Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 2 January 2014
- "Recent NBC station change limits viewership options". The Sheridan Press. January 8, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
- 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.
- Jacobson, Adam (January 24, 2019). "ACA Slams Gray For DOJ Blame On Wyoming News Cut". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved January 28, 2019.