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Bakersfield, California
United States
BrandingTelemundo Valle Central
SloganJuntos imparables (Unmatched together)
ChannelsDigital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKGET-DT 17.3 (25.3 UHF) Bakersfield
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date2003 (16 years ago) (2003)
Call letters' meaningKErn CountY
Sister station(s)KGET-TV
Former callsignsK14IK (1997–2003)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
14 (UHF, 1997–2003)
11 (VHF, 2003–2009 & 2010–2014)
Transmitter power3 kW
Height376.5 m (1,235 ft)
Facility ID18750
Transmitter coordinates35°26′17.1″N 118°44′26.3″W / 35.438083°N 118.740639°W / 35.438083; -118.740639
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KKEY-LP, virtual and VHF digital channel 13, is a low-power Telemundo affiliated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate KGET-TV (channel 17). The two stations share studios on L Street in downtown Bakersfield; KKEY's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.

In addition to its own digital signal, KKEY is simulcast in standard definition on KGET's third digital subchannel (virtual channel 17.3, UHF channel 25.3) from the same transmitter site.


The station was formerly known as K14IK and carried a low-powered signal on UHF channel 14. In 2003, it moved to VHF channel 11 and was renamed KKEY-LP. On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company established by the private equity firm Providence Equity Partners.[1] This deal closed on March 14, 2008. However, due to Providence Equity Partners' partial ownership stake in rival Spanish-language network Univision, the owner of MyNetworkTV affiliate KUVI-TV (channel 45), KKEY-LP was sold along with KGET-TV and five other stations (KGPE in Fresno, California, KTVX and KUCW in the Salt Lake City DMA, WOAI-TV in San Antonio and WTEV-TV in Jacksonville, Florida) to High Plains Broadcasting. However, due to KKEY's low-power status, it was excluded along with KTVX from the deal, which was finalized on September 15, 2008. Newport Television continued to operate KGET through a shared services agreement.

Newport agreed to sell KKEY and KGET, as well as KGPE in Fresno, California, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group on November 5, 2012.[2] The sale was completed on February 19, 2013.[3]

On December 3, 2018, Nexstar announced it would acquire the assets of Chicago-based Tribune Media for $6.4 billion in cash and debt. The deal—which would make Nexstar the largest television station operator by total number of stations upon its expected closure late in the third quarter of 2019—would result in KKEY-LP and KGET gaining additional sister stations in nearby markets including Los Angeles (CW affiliate KTLA) and San Diego (Fox affiliate KSWB-TV).[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[14]
13.1 1080i 16:9 TELM Main KKEY-LP programming / Telemundo

The analog signal went off the air on July 31, 2009, and for a year KKEY only existed as a subchannel of KGET and was even rebranded "Telemundo 17.3". On July 23, 2010, the analog signal on channel 11 came back on the air—just nine days before the station's analog license was to be cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In April 2014, the analog signal on channel 11 went off the air and a high definition digital signal went on the air on channel 13.


  1. ^ "Clear Channel Agrees to Sell Television Station Group to Providence Equity Partners" (Press release). Clear Channel Communications. 2007-04-20. Archived from the original on 2007-04-25. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  2. ^ "Nexstar Adding Stations In CA, VT". TVNewsCheck. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/65597/nexstar-closes-on-three-calif-stations
  4. ^ "Acquisition of Tribune Media Company" (PDF). Nexstar Media Group. December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Mark K. Miller (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar Buying Tribune Media For $6.4 Billion". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media.
  6. ^ Peter White; Dade Hayes (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar Confirms $4.1B Tribune Media Acquisition To Become Leading Local TV Station Owner". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation.
  7. ^ Gerry Smith; Nabila Ahmed; Eric Newcomer (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar to buy WGN owner Tribune Media for $4.1 billion". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Bloomberg News.
  8. ^ Arjun Panchadar; Sonam Rai (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar to buy Tribune Media for $4.1 billion". Reuters.
  9. ^ Jon Lafayette (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar Announces Deal to Buy Tribune for $6.4B". Broadcasting & Cable. NewBay Media.
  10. ^ Adam Jacobson (December 3, 2018). "It's Official: Nexstar Takes Tribune In Billion-Dollar Stock Deal". Radio-Television Business Report. Streamline-RBR, Inc.
  11. ^ Harry A. Jessell; Mark K. Miller (December 3, 2018). "Nexstar To Spin Off $1B In Stations". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media.
  12. ^ "Nexstar Media Group Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tribune Media Company for $6.4 Billion in Accretive Transaction Creating the Nation's Largest Local Television Broadcaster and Local Media Company". Nexstar Media Group. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "Nexstar Media Group Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire Tribune Media Company". Tribune Media. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KKEY-LP

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