Duluth’s elusive new TV station

I had hoped to give you the full story on KCWV-TV Channel 27, a new television station that began broadcasting in Duluth on Nov. 30.

Its plans, its reason for starting up in Duluth. That sort of thing.

But my calls to the station go unanswered and unreturned. And attempts to talk with someone with Flinn Broadcasting Corp. in Mempis, Tenn. — the station’s owner — also have been unsuccessful. Flinn Broadcasting owns numerous radio stations across the country, but apparently few TV stations.

We wonder, why start up a TV station and not tell anyone?

So I’m just going to tell you what I do know.

The digital-only station can be received on digital TV or rabbit-ear TV with a digital converter box, but not cable. Although it broadcasts from Duluth’s Observation Hill using a former KDLH Tower and is a licensed as a full-power station, reception is mixed. A resident in Duluth’s upper Woodland neighborhood may not get the station while someone in Chester Park might.

The call letters suggest an affiliation with CW Television, but it is currently airing My Family TV programing which used to be Faith TV.

The new station’s programing include family movies, inspirational and how-to shows and old series such as “Dragnet,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Ozzie and Harriet” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

According to its website, the My Family TV network is building an affiliate base with new digital channels that are springing up from the last year’s nationwide DTV conversion.

Like Channel 27.

The CW Television Network, meanwhile, is currently seen on KDLH-DT2 with rabbit-ear TV and a digital converter box.


5 thoughts on “Duluth’s elusive new TV station

  1. I would check with Jon Ellis, news director over at Fox21. He maintains a website at http://www.northpine.com that is dedicated to following broadcasting. He would probably be able to give you additional information.

  2. I just checked channel 27 to see if I have it here in Lincoln Park, and I do. I’m excited to check out some “new” shows! Thanks for letting us know about this!

  3. Despite KCWV (Channel 27.1) does not carry sports.

    However, is there any chance KCWV could carry either Big East Football or SEC Football from ESPN Regional Television?

  4. Today is October 30th, 2013.
    I just moved to a house on Woodland Ave (around the 900 block) right next door to the new Bluestone Apartments.
    I purchased $20. rabbit ears with VHF & UHF capabilities. I get channel 27.1 on my Sony digital television perfectly. It’s as good as any digital channel can be.
    I also get 4 PBS channels, CBS/NBC/ABC and Fox. Along with the channels that are affiliated with the big three. In all I get 12 channels perfectly. And it’s really foggy and cloudy out today.
    I checked the KCWV programming through MyTV and the movie that is currently playing is not the same thing that is on the website.
    Seems rather odd that one cannot find any information about this station nor any true programming.
    Perhaps something being transmitted underneath the programming? … they’re brainwashing us without anyone even turning on a television. : )

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