KMNF-LD

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KMNF-LD
St. James/Mankato, Minnesota
United States
CitySt. James, Minnesota
ChannelsDigital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Affiliations7.1: NBC (late fall)
7.2: CW+ (late fall)
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air dateMarch 2012 (7 years ago) (2012-03) (as a KEYC translator)
December 2019 (expected; as a separate station)
Call letters' meaningMankato, New Ulm, and Fairmont[1]
Sister station(s)KEYC-TV
Former callsignsK38MY-D (2011–2019)
K13AAR-D (CP/STA, 2018–2019)
K07AAH-D (CP, 2019)
Former channel number(s)Digital:
38 (UHF, 2012–2018)
12 (PSIP, 2012–2017)
Former affiliationsCBS/Fox (via KEYC, 2012–2017)
Dark (2017–2019)
Transmitter power3 kW (CP)
Height295 m (968 ft) (CP)
ClassLD
Facility ID183814
Transmitter coordinates43°56′12.3″N 94°24′39″W / 43.936750°N 94.41083°W / 43.936750; -94.41083 (CP)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
CDBS

KMNF-LD, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is a low-powered, upcoming dual NBC/CW+-affiliated television station serving Mankato, Minnesota, United States that is licensed to St. James. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to Mankato-licensed dual CBS/Fox affiliate KEYC-TV (channel 12). The two stations share studios on Lookout Drive in North Mankato and transmitter facilities near Lewisville, Minnesota. KMNF-LD will sign on sometime in late fall of 2019.[2]

History[edit]

The KMNF-LD license originated as K38MY-D, a translator for KEYC-TV (then owned by United Communications) on UHF channel 38[3] that signed on in March 2012.[4] K38MY-D went off the air on December 21, 2017 after the expiration of its tower lease agreement with BENCO/CTV; KEYC had operated UHF translators from CTV's Godahl tower since 1993.[5]

On September 14, 2018, K38MY-D was granted a construction permit to move to channel 13 from KEYC-TV's tower as K13AAR-D;[6] the channel change was required following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)'s spectrum incentive auction and the subsequent repacking of the television band.[7] To maintain its license, the station operated under special temporary authority at reduced power from this facility[7] from November 29[8] to December 6, 2018.[9]

K13AAR-D was included in Gray Television's 2019 purchase of United Communications' television stations.[10]

On May 23, 2019, the station was granted a construction permit to move to channel 7 as K07AAH-D;[11] on June 3, 2019, the call letters were changed to KMNF-LD, a close match for those originally proposed for sister station KEYC-TV in 1958.[12]

On June 24, 2019, Gray announced that KMNF-LD would launch as early as September as an NBC affiliate, with The CW on its second subchannel.[2][13] KEYC-TV itself had launched in 1960 as an NBC affiliate, switching to CBS in 1961.[2] For the next 58 years after that, NBC programming was not available over-the-air in the Mankato market. Since 1981, Minneapolis affiliate KARE and Rochester affiliate KTTC had served as the default NBC affiliates for southwestern Minnesota via cable. KMNF-LD's sign-on will leave ABC as the only network to not have an over-the-air affiliate in Mankato; that network's programing is carried on cable via KSTP-TV and KAAL, with KSTP also being carried on CTV translator K30FN-D in St. James.[14][15][16]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal will be multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[17]
7.1 1080i 16:9 Main KMNF-LD programming / NBC
7.2 720p Mankato's CW

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arola, Brian (June 24, 2019). "KEYC adding NBC programming in late 2019". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Keegan, Mitch. "KEYC-TV adding 2 more network affiliates this fall". KEYC-TV. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Ellis, Jon (June 24, 2019). "Gray TV To Add NBC, CW Affiliations in Mankato". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Application for a Low Power TV, TV Translator or TV Booston Station License". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Keegan, Mitch (December 21, 2017). "Translator Changes May Impact Some Over-the-Air Viewers of KEYC News 12". KEYC.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Displacement for LPTV Translator Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. May 5, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "LPTV Translator Engineering STA Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 13, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Resumption of Operations of a LPTV Translator Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. November 29, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "Resumption of Operations of a LPTV Translator Station Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. December 11, 2018. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Ellis, Jon (June 24, 2019). "Gray TV Buys Mankato Station, First in Minnesota". Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Displacement for LPTV Translator Application". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. April 22, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Call Sign History (KMNF-LD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  13. ^ "CW PLUS Market Clearance (as of September 1, 2019)" (PDF). © 2019 The CW Television Network. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  14. ^ RabbitEars - Digital TV Market Listing for K30FN-D
  15. ^ The Webpage of Cooperative TV (CTV)
  16. ^ CTV Channel Listing via the Cooperative TV (CTV) Website
  17. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMNF-LD

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