Call Letters: KCWE
City of License: Kansas City, MO
Owner: Hearst Television
1996-1998 - KCWB - WB "WB-29"|
The original CP for this station was for channel 32. The application changed to 29 when a translator (K29CF) moved to channel 48. KCWB originally signed on as a WB affiliate on September 14, 1996. KMBC operated the station through a local marketing agreement from the beginning, with local ownership, but Hearst eventually bought the station outright.
1998-2006 - KCWE - UPN
KCWB lost their affiliation to Sinclair's KSMO through a deal Sinclair had signed with the WB. After briefly operating without affiliation, KCWB picked up UPN, and changed call letters to KCWE. They changed their handle from "WB-29" to "KC-29," and then to "More TV 29." KCWE carried Royals games with KMBC and Fox Sports until 2002.
2006-2008 - KCWE - CW
A new network, CW, picked up most of the shows offered by the defunct UPN and WB networks. KCWE signed up with CW, noting they didn't even need to change their call letters. KCWE started airing news for the first time in early 2008, when KMBC expanded their morning show to four hours. The 7:00-9:00 a.m. portion airs on KCWE. KCWE shut off its analog signal on December 15, 2008, becoming the first in the market to do so.
2002-current - KCWE - CW
KCWE-DT began operations on channel 31 in 2002. They added ThisTV as a subchannel in March 2009. In September 2010, KMBC started a 9:00 p.m. newscast on KCWE. The 9:00 newscast expanded to weekends in 2011. In January 2015, KCWE switched its subchannel to the Movies! network.