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|Iowa City, Iowa
|Branding||This Eastern Iowa|
|Channels||Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 20 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||20.1 This TV
20.2 Light TV
|Affiliations||This TV (2016–present)|
|Owner||KM Communications Inc.
(KM Television of Iowa, LLC)
|First air date||August 30, 1999|
|Call letters' meaning||K
(after former affiliation)
|Former channel number(s)||20 (UHF analog, 1999–2009)|
|Former affiliations||The WB (1999–2006)
MyNetworkTV (secondary, 2006–2011)
Antenna TV (DT2, 2011–2015)
The CW (2006–2016)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KWKB is a television station that broadcasts on digital channel 25 and is the This TV affiliate for Eastern Iowa. KWKB is licensed to Iowa City, but its studios and transmitter are located on Baker Avenue in West Branch. KWKB serves the greater Eastern Iowa area including Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque (its signal also reaches the Quad Cities, but cable television systems in that area carry KGCW-DT2 instead).
KWKB signed on the air August 30, 1999. It carried the full WB and Kids' WB lineups.
From September 5, 2006 to September 16, 2011, KWKB was affiliated with both The CW as a primary network and MyNetworkTV as a secondary network. When KNVA in Austin, Texas became a sole CW affiliate in October 2009 after carrying MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation, KWKB became the only station in the country to have carried the full CW and MyNetworkTV lineups including The CW's Saturday morning children's block Toonzai (although CW affiliates KCWI in Des Moines, WLMT in Memphis, Tennessee and KXVO in Omaha carried WWE SmackDown from MyNetworkTV until that show moved to cable channel Syfy in October 2010).
Until September 16, 2011, KWKB aired MyNetworkTV programming from 9-11 p.m., immediately following CW programming. The satellite feeds for MyNetworkTV and The CW are actually aired at the same time, so MyNetworkTV programming was recorded and broadcast two hours after it is played by other MyNetworkTV affiliates. However, as of September 19, 2011, KWKB dropped MyNetwork TV in favor of syndicated fare. This briefly left the Cedar Rapids market one of two markets in Iowa without an affiliate for the network until October 3, when Des Moines's This TV affiliate KDMI re-affiliated with the network (as a secondary affiliation) after it had initially dropped it in 2009. However, as of October 2011, KCRG-TV digital channel 9.2 is carrying the MyNetworkTV programming service, however, that station is airing the service's programming from 12:05-2:05 a.m. KWKB was the last CW-affiliated station that carried MyNetworkTV on the same feed as The CW until 2014, when Columbia, South Carolina's existing MyNetworkTV affiliate WKTC added a primary CW affiliation while retaining MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation on its main channel.
KWKB lost the CW when their charter 10-year affiliation agreement expired in September 2016, when KWWL acquired the affiliation on their second subchannel. Concurrently, KWKB switched to This TV, taking that affiliation from KWWL's second subchannel.
In February 2011, KWKB began carrying the Antenna TV network on digital subchannel 20.2 until January 2015 when Antenna TV moved to KCRG-TV's digital subchannel 9.3. KWKB has been airing The Works on 20.2 since August 2015. Following the demise of The Works, the subchannel was replaced by Light TV.
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- Staff report (12 April 2016). "CW Network Coming To KWWL; Cedar Rapids The Quincy Media NBC affiliate in Iowa is adding The CW on its ch. 7.2 beginning in September.". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
- Morrison, Jeff (2016-09-12). "KWKB loses CW affiliation". Iowa Highway Ends (etc.). Retrieved 2016-11-13.