MANKATO — KEYC-TV’s family of channels will include NBC and CW programming starting in late 2019.
KEYC announced the new network affiliations Monday, which will create a new station called KMNF. The “K” signifies the station is west of the Mississippi River, while “MNF” stands for Mankato, New Ulm and Faribault.
The addition of NBC adds to KEYC’s existing affiliations with the CBS and FOX networks. General Manager Ed Woloszyn said the new programming should be accessible using the same over the air antennas some viewers use to watch KEYC.
“If you’re receiving KEYC News 12 as well as our FOX 12 over the air, there’s a very good chance with the same equipment you’ll be able to get those networks,” he said.
Cable and satellite systems should carry the new affiliates as well. NBC’s popular programs include “Sunday Night Football,” “This is Us,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Chicago Fire.” The Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast on the network as well.
An exact date for KMNF’s launch will be announced later this year. Woloszyn said the hope is to have it up and running by football season.
”It’s not something they can dial in right now,” he said. “It’ll be coming the end of the year.”
Under the KEYC umbrella, NBC programs will be available on channel 7. The CW, featuring shows like “Nancy Drew,” “Riverdale,” and “Supergirl,” will be accessible through the digital sub-channel 7.2.
KEYC, covering southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, started as an NBC affiliate in 1960.
It became a CBS affiliate the following year before adding FOX 12 Mankato to its secondary digital channel in 2007.