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KCLO-TV, virtual channel 15 (UHF digital channel 16), is a dual CBS/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Rapid City, South Dakota, United States. The station is owned by Nexstar Media Group. KCLO-TV's news bureau and advertising sales office are located on Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City, and its transmitter is located on Skyline Drive near downtown.

(semi-satellite of KELO-TV,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
Rapid City, South Dakota
United States
BrandingKELOland Television (general)
The Black Hills CW (on DT2)
SloganCBS for South Dakota (general)
Your Home (for News) (newscasts)
ChannelsDigital: 16 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Affiliations15.1: CBS
15.2: CW+
15.3: Ion Television
15.4: Escape
OwnerNexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
Founded1981 (as translator K15AC)
First air dateNovember 28, 1988 (30 years ago) (1988-11-28)
Call letters' meaningdisambiguation of KELO
Former callsignsKBLO-TV (1987–1988)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
15 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Transmitter power150 kW
Height154 m (505 ft)
Facility ID41969
Transmitter coordinates44°4′13″N 103°15′3″W / 44.07028°N 103.25083°W / 44.07028; -103.25083
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
semi-satellite of KELO-TV,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

semi-satellite of KELO-TV,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
"The Black Hills' CW"

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, KCLO is considered a semi-satellite of sister station KELO-TV (channel 11) in Sioux Falls, which operates two other semi-satellites: KDLO-TV (channel 3) in Florence and KPLO-TV (channel 6) in Reliance. KCLO's master control, as well as most internal operations, are housed at KELO's studios on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls. KCLO clears all network programming as provided through its parent and simulcasts KELO's newscasts (with local weather inserts), but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate commercial inserts and legal station identifications. As Rapid City is located in the Mountain Time Zone, KCLO's prime time schedule starts at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. start for the rest of Mountain Time, or in Central Time, where KCLO's sister stations are located.


KELO expanded to western South Dakota in 1981, when it signed on K15AC (channel 15), a translator of KPLO-TV, to serve Rapid City. On November 28, 1988, it was upgraded to a full-powered semi-satellite as KCLO-TV. Rapid City had been one of the few areas of the country without full service from the three major networks.[citation needed]

In 1995, Midcontinent Media sold KCLO to Young Broadcasting; the sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on May 31, 1996. The station celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 19, 2003.

On June 6, 2013, Young Broadcasting announced that it would merge with Media General.[1] The merger was approved on November 8, after Media General shareholders approved the merger a day earlier;[2] it was completed on November 12.[3]

On January 27, 2016, Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Media General, including KCLO,[4] with the sale being completed on January 17, 2017.[5]

Digital channelsEdit

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[6]
15.1 1080i 16:9 KCLO Main KCLO-TV programming / CBS
15.2 720p KCLO-CW The Black Hills' CW[7]
15.3 480i 4:3 ION Ion Television
15.4 Escape Escape

KCLO's digital configuration has The CW Plus on channel 15.2, Ion Television on 15.3 and Escape on 15.4. By 2019, "The Black Hills' CW" had been airing in 720p HD over-the-air, absent of any upgrades to their multiplexer equipment, per additional distribution of digital bandwidth into channel 15.2 and further compression of the remaining three subchannels of KCLO.[6]

MyUTV, which is carried on the second digital subchannels of KELO, KDLO and KPLO, is not seen in the Rapid City market on KCLO. The UPN affiliate for Rapid City was KCPL-LP (channel 52), and the MyNetworkTV affiliate is KWBH-LP which is simulcast over KNBN-DT2 (channel 21.2; formerly KKRA-LP, channel 24); as a result, MyUTV still cannot be carried on KCLO by FCC market rules.[8]


  1. ^ Media General, Young Broadcasting To Merge, TVNewsCheck, June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ FCC Approves Media General-Young Merger Broadcasting & Cable, Retrieved 8 November 2013
  3. ^ "Media General, Young Now Officially One". TVNewsCheck. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  4. ^ Picker, Leslie (January 27, 2016). "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Nexstar Broadcasting Group Completes Acquisition of Media General Creating Nexstar Media Group, The Nation's Second Largest Television Broadcaster". Nexstar Media Group. January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "RabbitEars.Info".
  7. ^ "The CW Contact Us".

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