|Bryan/College Station/Waco, Texas
|Channels||Digital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 28 (PSIP)
28.3 Estrella TV
|Affiliations||MyNetworkTV (secondary from 2006–2015)|
|Owner||Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||October 31, 1994|
|Call letters' meaning||KYLE Field at Texas A&M|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
28 (UHF, 1994-2009)
Digital: 29 (UHF, 2006-2009)
The WB (2003–2006)
(both as a satellite of KWKT-TV)
|Transmitter power||50 kW|
KYLE-TV, virtual and UHF digital channel 28, is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station located in Bryan, Texas, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group, as part of a duopoly with Waco-licensed Fox affiliate KWKT-TV (channel 44). The two stations maintain primary studio facilities located on Woodway Drive in Woodway, Texas (using a Waco address), with KYLE operating a secondary studio located on Broadmoor Drive in Bryan; KYLE maintains transmitter facilities located near Farm to Market Road 2818 on the western outskirts of Bryan.
As a primary Fox affiliate
The station first signed on the air on October 31, 1994, as a satellite station of Fox affiliate KWKT-TV (channel 44) in Waco. The station's purpose was to provide Fox programming to the entire market, as KWKT-TV's signal was unable to reach across central Texas due to signal interference issues experienced by UHF stations operating in areas composed of rugged terrain. The station was purchased by Lafayette, Louisiana-based Communications Corporation of America – which had already owned KWKT since 1990 – in 1996, after it was granted a satellite waiver by the Federal Communications Commission.
Like its sister station did at the time, KWKT aired Fox Kids programming one hour earlier than many affiliates on weekday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. until the weekday block was discontinued by the network in December 2001, in addition to carrying its successor Saturday morning children's blocks known as Fox Box and later 4KidsTV until the latter block ended nationally in December 2008, when 4Kids Entertainment and Fox parted ways due to a contract dispute.
In September 2003, KWKT became a secondary affiliate of The WB; with this, that network's primetime schedule aired on KWKT/KYLE on a six-hour delay from 1:00 to 3:00 a.m., with Fox network programming running in pattern from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. At this time, the station also added The WB's children's program block Kids' WB in the time slot formerly occupied by Fox Kids – which KWKT/KYLE replaced with syndicated programs following the discontinuance of the Fox Kids weekday block, lasting until Kids' WB's weekday block was replaced in January 2006 by the Daytime WB rerun block; the station also carried the block's Saturday morning lineup airing a day behind on Sunday mornings.
On February 22, 2006, News Corporation announced the launch of a new network called MyNetworkTV, which would be operated by the Fox network's sister companies Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television. MyNetworkTV was created to compete against another upstart network that would launch at the same time that September, The CW (an amalgamated network that originally consisted primarily of The WB and UPN's higher-rated programs) as well as to give UPN and WB stations that were not named as CW charter affiliates another option besides converting to independent stations. When MyNetworkTV launched on September 5, 2006, the station carried the programming service as a secondary affiliation from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. each weeknight. As the block became part of The CW's programming schedule with that network's launch on September 18, Kids' WB programming moved to a CW-affiliated digital subchannel of CBS affiliate KWTX-TV (channel 10).
On April 24, 2013, Communications Corporation of America announced the sale of its stations to Irving-based Nexstar Broadcasting Group for $270 million, in a deal that also included rights to the local marketing agreements involving stations owned by Comcorp partner company White Knight Broadcasting. However due to a later proposal by the FCC to restrict sharing agreements between two or more television stations within the same market, approval of the sale was delayed for 20 months – at which time Nexstar sold some of KWKT/KYLE's sister stations under Comcorp ownership to licensees run by female and ethnic minority owners (all but one of which would end up operated by Nexstar through outsourcing agreements) – before finally being completed on January 1, 2015. The sale was completed on January 1, 2015.
As a MyNetworkTV affiliate
On May 7, 2015, Nexstar announced that it would convert KYLE into a separate station that would serve as the market's MyNetworkTV affiliate, with its own inventory of syndicated programming outside of the programming service's broadcast hours. When the conversion took effect on July 1, KYLE changed its on-air branding to "Y-28," using a logo based on that originated in 2010 on sister station (and fellow MyNetworkTV affiliate) KARZ-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas (which has since been used by some of its sister MyNetworkTV affiliates and independent stations, including WCIX in Springfield, Illinois and KOZL-TV in Springfield, Missouri). KWKT became the market's sole Fox affiliate; it also began simulcasting KYLE on its second digital subchannel to provide its programming to the entire Waco-Temple-Bryan market. KWKT is simulcast on KYLE's second subchannel for the same reason.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|28.1||720p||16:9||KYLE-TV||Main KYLE-TV programming / MyNetworkTV|
|28.2||Simulcast of KWKT-TV|
KYLE-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 28, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 29 to channel 28 for post-transition operations.
In addition to carrying the entire MyNetworkTV schedule, syndicated programs broadcast on KYLE-TV (as of July 2015[update]) include The Simpsons, The Office, TMZ Live, Anger Management and Family Feud. To comply with guidelines imposed by the Children's Television Act, the station also carries a half-hour of educational children's programming on Monday through Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m., consisting solely of low-profile educational programs acquired from the syndication market, as well as the two-hour Xploration Station lineup (a syndication block that is otherwise distributed primarily to Fox stations) that also airs on Saturday mornings.
- KYLE - Nexstar Broadcasting Group
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