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Semi-satellite of KELO-TV,
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
BrandingKELOLAND Media Group
NetworkKELOLAND Media Group
FoundedSeptember 26, 1981 (as translator K15AC)
First air date
November 28, 1988 (34 years ago) (1988-11-28)
Former call signs
KBLO-TV (1987–1988)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 15 (UHF, 1987–2009)
Call sign meaning
disambiguation of KELO
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID41969
ERP150 kW
HAAT154 m (505 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°4′13″N 103°15′3″W / 44.07028°N 103.25083°W / 44.07028; -103.25083
Public license information
"The Black Hills' CW"

KCLO-TV (channel 15) is a television station in Rapid City, South Dakota, United States, affiliated with CBS and The CW Plus. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, the station maintains a news bureau and advertising sales office on Canyon Lake Drive in Rapid City, and its transmitter is located on Skyline Drive near downtown.

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, KCLO-TV 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-TV's master control, as well as most internal operations, are housed at KELO-TV's studios on Phillips Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls. KCLO-TV clears all network programming as provided through its parent, time-shifted for the Mountain Time Zone. It also simulcasts KELO-TV's newscasts (with local weather inserts), but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate commercial inserts and legal station identifications.

KCLO-TV's prime time schedule starts at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. start for the rest of the Mountain Time Zone, or in the Central Time Zone, where the rest of the KELOLAND stations are located. While KCLO-TV initially carried network programs on an hour delay from KELO-TV when it became a full-power station,[1] it began airing them—and KELO's Sioux Falls-based news—live in January 1991 during the Gulf War and announced it would do so permanently.[2]

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In 1980, Midcontinent Broadcasting filed to build a translator for KELO-TV on channel 15 in Rapid City. At the time, Rapid City was one of the few markets in the country without full service from all three major networks. CBS programming was divided between then-ABC affiliate KOTA-TV and then-NBC affiliate KEVN; the two stations carried up to six hours each of CBS programming each week. Black Hills cable viewers could watch the full CBS schedule on KMGH-TV from Denver.[3] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the application in November despite protests from KOTA and KEVN; in particular, KOTA feared allowing a KELO-TV translator in the Black Hills would give that station a "monopoly position" in South Dakota television.[4]

The new KELO-TV translator, K15AC, began broadcasting September 26, 1981. Operating at 1,000 watts, it brought CBS programming to viewers within a 35-mile radius of Rapid City. It initially operated with a shoestring staff, with a resident manager based at his home in Rapid City and a single reporter whose stories ran on KELO-TV's Big News. It also did not sell advertising in the Black Hills at the outset.[3] The translator received the signal of KELO-TV satellite KPLO-TV in Reliance/Pierre and beamed it through three microwave sites to Rapid City.[4]

While K15AC displaced KMGH on Rapid City cable systems, it was initially unable to get on cable systems outside the city. According to KELO broadcast operations head Evans Nord, this was because KOTA-TV owner Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises refused to allow the South Dakota Cable Company, which held the cable franchise for most of the Black Hills region outside Rapid City, to add K15AC; Duhamel was half-owner of South Dakota Cable along with Midcontinent.[3] With this in mind, two years after K15AC began operating, Midcontinent applied for a new full-power license on channel 15, which was granted in January 1987 and took the call letters KBLO-TV that May. It was licensed for 700,000 watts with almost double the coverage area of K15AC. KBLO-TV was planned for local program origination, unlike its sister stations KDLO or KPLO.[5] (The call sign was changed to KCLO-TV in May 1988.) Midcontinent invested $1.7 million to convert the Rapid City operation to full power.[6] Upon signing on as a full-power station on November 28, 1988, KCLO-TV aired KELO-TV's newscasts on an hour delay, with five-minute local cut-ins at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.[1] The local cut-ins were discontinued in January 1991 when KCLO-TV began airing all local and network programming live, time-shifted for the Mountain Time Zone. According to station officials, this was initially intended to allow Black Hills viewers to stay abreast of late-breaking coverage of the Gulf War. Due to favorable reception of the shuffled schedule, Midcontinent decided to make the shifted schedule permanent,[2] thus returning to the schedule that had aired in Rapid City between 1981 and 1988.[6]

On January 12, 1996, Midcontinent Media announced that it had sold KELO-TV and its satellites to Young Broadcasting for $50 million.[7] Young assumed control on May 31, 1996.[8] Young Broadcasting merged with Media General in 2013,[9] Media General was in turn acquired by Nexstar Broadcasting Group in a sale announced in January 2016[10] and completed on January 17, 2017.[11]

KELO-TV along with KDLO-TV and KPLO-TV started a second subchannel, UTV (renamed KELOXTRA in 2021[12]), with the market's UPN affiliation on March 15, 2004. UPN programs had been seen in Sioux Falls on KCPO-LP (channel 26); while it technically increased the coverage area of UPN programming, it made it a digital-only service as opposed to analog KCPO-LP, which limited the number of viewers who could tune in at the time.[13] UTV became the MyNetworkTV affiliate in Sioux Falls in 2006; The CW went to WB affiliate KWSD-TV, owned by Rapid Broadcasting.[14][15] UTV is not broadcast in Rapid City, where Rapid-owned KKRA-LP was the MyNetworkTV affiliate.[16]


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KCLO-TV[17]
Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming
15.1 1080i 16:9 KCLO Main KCLO-TV programming / CBS
15.2 720p KCLO-CW The Black Hills CW[18]
15.3 480i ION Ion Television
15.4 Escape Ion Mystery

KCLO-TV's digital configuration has The CW Plus on channel 15.2, Ion Television on 15.3 and Ion Mystery on 15.4. By 2019, "The Black Hills' CW" had been airing in 720p HD over-the-air, per additional distribution of digital bandwidth into channel 15.2 and further compression of the remaining three subchannels of KCLO-TV.[19]

KELOXTRA, which is carried on the second digital subchannels of KELO-TV, KDLO-TV and KPLO-TV, is not seen in the Rapid City market on KCLO-TV. The UPN affiliate for Rapid City was KCPL-LP (channel 52), and the MyNetworkTV affiliate is KWBH-LD which is simulcast over KNBN-DT2 (channel 21.2; formerly KKRA-LP, channel 24); as a result, KELOXTRA still cannot be carried on KCLO-TV by FCC market rules.[20]


  1. ^ a b "KELO switches to stronger station Monday". Rapid City Journal. November 23, 1988. p. C6. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  2. ^ a b Brown, Ron (January 23, 1991). "KCLO shifts programming schedule ahead one hour". Rapid City Journal. p. C5. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b c Ames, J.D. (September 25, 1981). "KELO to broadcast here Saturday". Rapid City Journal. p. 3. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b Ames, J.D. (November 11, 1980). "FCC approves plan to bring CBS-TV to area". Rapid City Journal. p. 2. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  5. ^ Hovey, Art (April 22, 1988). "KELO plans to expand coverage". Argus-Leader. p. 1C. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  6. ^ a b Baka, Ken (February 28, 1988). "KELO to expand Rapid City operations". Rapid City Journal. p. B4. Retrieved March 17, 2020 – via
  7. ^ Grauvogl, Ann (January 13, 1996). "KELO-TV sold". Argus Leader. pp. 1A, 2A. Retrieved August 27, 2022 – via
  8. ^ Keyes, Bob (June 1, 1996). "KSFY adds weather forecaster; Floyd says bye to KELO". Argus-Leader. p. 1B. Retrieved March 31, 2023 – via
  9. ^ "Media General, Young Now Officially One". TVNewsCheck. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
  10. ^ Picker, Leslie (January 27, 2016). "Nexstar Clinches Deal to Acquire Media General". The New York Times. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ Olsen, Alexa (September 27, 2021). "KELOXTRA coming to your TV". KELO-TV.
  13. ^ Williams IV, John-John (February 8, 2004). "KELO sued over UPN contract". Argus-Leader. Sioux Falls, South Dakota. pp. 1B, 11B. Retrieved April 1, 2023 – via
  14. ^ Hildebrandt, Kelly (March 21, 2006). "KWSD-36 gets right to merged WB-UPN". Argus-Leader. pp. 6C, 5C. Retrieved April 1, 2023 – via
  15. ^ "Channel 10 finds UPN replacement". Argus-Leader. March 28, 2006. p. 5C. Retrieved April 1, 2023 – via
  16. ^ "12 Additional MyNetworkTV Affiliates Signed, Including Deal With Granite Broadcasting for Detroit, Ft. Wayne and Duluth". PR Newswire (Press release). MyNetworkTV. March 22, 2006. ProQuest 451202352.
  17. ^ "RabbitEars TV Query for KCLO". RabbitEars.
  18. ^ "The CW Contact Us".
  20. ^ "KNBN RAPID CITY, SD".

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