KCPM, channel 27, is the MyNetworkTV affiliate for Grand Forks, North Dakota, serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The station broadcasts on UHF channel 27 from the Midcontinent Communications cable headend tower northwest of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
The station can be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 9 in Grand Forks, Midcontinent channel 3 in the Fargo area, and Cable One channel 27 in Fargo. KCPM is owned by Chuck Poppen's Central Plains Media of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Syndicated programming on KCPM includes Access Hollywood, Family Guy, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury, The Wendy Williams Show, among others. Overnights consist of The Shepherd's Chapel and other religious programming. The station does not air any local newscasts. KCPM also simulcasts KSTC broadcasts of Minnesota State High School League tournaments.
KCPM is a semi-satellite of independent station KCPO-LP in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, although it airs separate commercials, station identifications and sometimes different programming due to FCC market regulations and KCPM's MyNetworkTV affiliation. KCPM also carries Retro TV on digital subchannel 27.3 since the summer of 2015.
KCPM was a UPN affiliate launched to fill the void when Minneapolis/St. Paul KMSP-TV was being dropped by area cable television systems due to its affiliation switch from UPN to Fox. Originally, KCPM was to go on air in 2000, but the station construction permit was sold to Catamount Broadcasting of Fargo and became KXJC-LP. KCPM eventually launched in 2003, at full power on channel 27.
KCPM was the first full-time UPN affiliate in North Dakota; At the time, UPN programming was being carried after primetime by former Fox affiliates KNDX & KXND. KVRR had not done the same since 1998, as UPN affiliate KMSP-TV was commonly available on cable in the Fargo-Grand Forks market.
On January 24, 2006, The WB and UPN networks announced they would merge. The newly combined network would be called The CW, the letters representing the first initial of its corporate parents CBS (the parent company of UPN) and the Warner Bros. unit of Time Warner. The merger would take effect on-the-air on September 18, 2006. In response to the merger, News Corporation (the owner of Fox) launched another network called MyNetworkTV on September 5, 2006.
KCPM rejected The CW and affiliated with MyNetworkTV. In September 2005, KCPM replaced the UPN logo in its logo with the logo of Central Plains Media. The new KCPM MyNetworkTV logo was introduced in August 2006, and KCPM dropped UPN entirely on September 4, 2006. WDAY-TV launched a digital subchannel to carry The CW, which replaced cable-only station WBFG on September 18, 2006.
Over-the-air signal off the air
The station filed a notice to the FCC to cease terrestrial operations February 15, 2008 and filed notice on May 22, 2008 to suspend operations. According to FCC records, the station's owners have suspended operations on financial grounds, due to the economy. According to reports from viewers, KCPM remained available on cable, although not available over the air. By November 2008, the station resumed over-the-air broadcasting after the FCC rejected the notice to cease terrestrial operations. On June 12, 2009, the station turned off their digital signal because of financial hardship. On May 10, 2010, the station filed a new application to operate at 11.1 kW. and resumed broadcasting over-the-air in June 2010.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|27.1||480i||4:3||KCPM-DT||Main KCPM programming / MyNetworkTV|
KCPM shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 27, on February 17, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 27. Because its original construction permit was granted after the FCC finalized the digital television allotment plan on April 21, 1997, the station did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. KNVJ-LP was assigned channel 2 during the analog-era, and would have been relocated to channel 33 for digital operations.
KCPM was rebroadcast on the following translators (low-powered rebroadcasters):
- KVNJ-LP Channel 2 Fargo, North Dakota (construction permit for digital on channel 33, never built)
- K35HT Channel 35 Jamestown, North Dakota (construction permit, never built)
- "KWMK", the cable-only CW affiliate for Western North Dakota