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|Iowa City/Cedar Rapids/
|City||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)|
(KM Television of Iowa, LLC)
|Founded||October 1, 1996|
|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|
|Height||418.9 m (1,374 ft)|
|Public license information:||Profile
KWKB is a This TV-affiliated television station licensed to Iowa City, Iowa, United States and serving the Eastern Iowa television market (Cedar Rapids–Waterloo–Iowa City–Dubuque). Owned by KM Communications, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 25 (or virtual channel 20 via PSIP) from a transmitter co-located with its studios on Baker Avenue in West Branch. The station can also be seen on Mediacom channel 10 and in high definition on digital channel 810. Its signal also reaches the Quad Cities, but cable television systems in that area carry KGCW-DT2 instead).
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 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 aired on other MyNetworkTV affiliates. However, as of September 19, 2011, KWKB dropped MyNetworkTV 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, and later in 2016, when Chicago's MyNetworkTV (O&O) affiliate WPWR-TV added a primary CW affiliation while retaining MyNetworkTV as a secondary affiliation on their 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. KWKB carries a mix of This TV programming along with its own syndicated programming.
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.