Bakersfield, California
United States
  • KGET-TV 17 (general)
  • 17 News (newscasts)
  • Bakersfield's CW 12 (on DT2)
  • Telemundo 17.3 (on DT3)
Slogan Working in the Spirit of the Golden Empire
Channels Digital: 25 (UHF)
Virtual: 17 (PSIP)
Owner Nexstar Media Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
First air date November 8, 1959 (1959-11-08)
Call letters' meaning Kern
Sister station(s) KKEY-LP
Former callsigns KLYD-TV (1959–1969)
KJTV (1969–1978)
KPWR-TV (1978–1984)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 1959–2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1959–1974)
CBS (1974–1984)
Transmitter power 135 kW
Height 405 m (1,329 ft)
Facility ID 34459
Transmitter coordinates 35°26′17.1″N 118°44′26.3″W / 35.438083°N 118.740639°W / 35.438083; -118.740639
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KGET-TV, virtual channel 17 (UHF digital channel 25), is a NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Bakersfield, California, United States. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, it is a sister station to low-power Telemundo affiliate KKEY-LP (channel 13). The two stations share studios on L Street in downtown Bakersfield; KGET's transmitter is located atop Mount Adelaide.


Founded by businessman Ed Urner, channel 17 first broadcast on November 8, 1959 as KLYD, an ABC affiliate.[1] The station originally operated from studios located on Eye Street in Bakersfield. It was co-owned with KLYD-AM 1350 (now KLHC), and is one of very few TV stations to be started by a daytime-only radio station. The call letters changed to KJTV in 1969. In October of that year, Urner sold the station to Atlantic States Industries.[2] In 1974, KJTV swapped affiliations with KBAK-TV (channel 29), becoming a CBS affiliate.

George N. Gillett Jr.'s Gillett Broadcasting bought the station from ASI Communications in 1978. The station's call letters changed again to KPWR-TV on September 27, 1978, when it increased its power to 5,000,000 watts. The Ackerley Group purchased the station in 1983. On February 1, 1984, the station changed its calls to the present day "KGET-TV", coinciding with an affiliation swap with KERO-TV (channel 23) to become Bakersfield's NBC affiliate a month later, an affiliation which continues to the present day. It is one of a handful of stations in the United States to have held a primary affiliation with all of the Big Three television networks. It was sold to Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia) in 2001.

KGET stands for "Kern Golden Empire Television," a moniker coined by the station's longtime vice president and general manager, Ray Watson, who was elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 2002. The current KGET Manager is Derek Jeffery.

On April 20, 2007, Clear Channel entered into an agreement to sell its entire television stations group to Newport Television, a broadcasting holding company controlled by Providence Equity Partners.[3] However, Providence Equity Partners owns a 19 percent share of the Spanish-language media company Univision, the owner of MyNetworkTV affiliate KUVI-TV (channel 45). In addition, with only five full-power stations, Bakersfield does not have enough to legally support a co-owned duopoly operation. As a result, the Federal Communications Commission granted conditional approval of the sale, provided that Providence Equity Partners divest either KGET or its stake in Univision as soon as the deal was finalized. That happened on March 14, 2008.

In May 2008, Newport Television agreed to sell KGET and five other stations to High Plains Broadcasting, Inc. due to the aforementioned ownership conflict.[4] The sale closed on September 15, 2008;[5] Newport continued to operate KGET under a shared services agreement.[4] Newport agreed to sell KGET and sister Telemundo affiliate KKEY-LP, as well as KGPE in Fresno, California, to Nexstar Broadcasting Group on November 5, 2012.[6] The FCC approved the sale on January 23, 2013; and the sale was completed on February 19.[7][8]

DT2 history

"KWFB" (marketed as Bakersfield's WB 12 from early 2000s) was launched on 1998. Before it was launched, cable providers in Bakersfield piped Superstation WGN and later KTLA or KSWB. It was marketed by KGET and was later co-marketed with Bright House Networks (which already had operations in Bakersfield). When CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced in 2006 that The WB and UPN would merge to become The CW, KGET announced that they would add The CW to a digital channel of KGET branded as Bakersfield’s CW and later Bakersfield’s CW 12. The channel is available on Digital channel 17.2 Dish Network channel 16 and Bright House channel 12. The channel was also available on AT&T U-verse channel 16 SD and 1016 HD during 2014. The channel is not available on DirecTV but CW programming was shown from KSWB and later XETV as superstations and now they carry KTLA as a superstation.

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
17.11080i16:9KGET-DTMain KGET-TV programming / NBC
17.2720pCWBakersfield CW
17.3480i4:3TELMSimulcast of KKEY-LP / Telemundo

Analog-to-digital conversion

KGET-TV discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over UHF channel 17, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 25.[10] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 17.


Syndicated programs broadcast on KGET include Rachael Ray, Access and its live counterpart, Dr. Phil, and Entertainment Tonight.


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  2. "Central California Edition". Archived from the original on 2009-08-03. Retrieved July 10, 2006.
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  4. 1 2 "Newport stations drift to High Plains". Television Business Report. 2008-05-21. Archived from the original on 2008-09-22. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  5. "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  6. "Nexstar Adding Stations In CA, VT". TVNewsCheck. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2012.
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  10. "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
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