|KEYC-TV Channel 12, Mankato, Minnesota|
Sign-off and SSB recorded 23 September 2018
Page updated Sunday, 10 January 2021
This clip is from southern Minnesota's home for both CBS and Fox network programming, which as late as mid-2020 was still signing off each night around 1:00 AM local time for about four hours (it's now 24/7 operation). And KEYC's sign-off is an excellent one, at that; it is a video montage of the city of Mankato under the sun and under the stars, with a shot of the KEYC studio building thrown in. The National Anthem video is produced by the station itself, which depicts Mankatoans involved in what appears to be Memorial Day and/or Independence Day activities.
Mankato's Channel 12 first took to the air on 5 October 1960, right on time to air the opening game of the 1960 World Series (NY Yankees vs Pittsburgh Pirates) telecast by the NBC network. In mid-1961 KEYC-TV switched its network affiliation to CBS, which continues to the present day. In 2007 KEYC-TV launched its secondary digital channel (12.2) to bring Fox network programs for the first time in the Mankato market. KEYC-TV has been owned and operated by United Communications from 1977 up to March 2019, when it was acqired by Gray Television. It continues to telecast in the digital era on VHF channel 12 from its transmitter in Lewisville, Minnesota. KEYC's sister station KMNF-LD Channel 7, which carries programming from the NBC and The CW networks, was Channel 12's former St. James translator station K38MY-D Channel 38
This video was recorded by radio/TV DX fan Matt Sittel of Belleview, Nebraska while visiting the Mankato area. He also recorded this 1994 recording of a KEYC-TV sign-off.
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