KWCH 12 was the first television station in Kansas and began broadcasting on July 1st, 1953 under the call letters KTVH Channel 12. The station was licensed to and broadcast from Hutchinson, Kansas about 45 miles northwest of Wichita. In 1956 station facilities were moved to the current location on 37th St. North in Wichita. In 1983, KTVH call letters changed to KWCH and ownership was consolidated with three other Kansas stations in the market. These satellite stations include KBSD in Dodge City, KBSH in Hays, and KBSL in Goodland.
In July of 2007, the KWCH 12 family gained one more member with the purchase of KSCW channel 33 the CW network affiliate. Then in the fall of 2009, KWCH 12 entered into a partnership with EntravisionCommunications Corporation (NYSE: EVC), the nation's largest Hispanic media company. KWCH 12 began overseeing the sales, production and promotion of KDCU-DT 31, a Univision affiliate.
In February of 2016, Gray Television, Inc. purchased KWCH 12, KSCW.
Since 1985, KWCH has held the #1 position for 6pm and 10pm News in the Wichita-Hutchinson Plus television market. KWCH has remained dominant since that time and Eyewitness News is the #1 news at Noon, 5pm, 6pm and 10pm.
Eyewitness News also produces newscasts on KSCW-DT 33 Sunday – Friday 7:00-9:00am, Monday-Friday 4:00-4:30pm, and Monday – Sunday 9:00-9:30pm.
Eyewitness News produces a local Spanish language newscast Monday – Friday at 10:00pm which airs on KDCU-DT 31.
A big part of that dominance is weather coverage. Storm Team 12 and Chief Meteorologist Ross Janssen lead the way in forecasting experience, advanced Doppler.
Just as KWCH 12 is the market leader in news and weather, it's also the leader in community involvement. Locally, KWCH 12 works with Goodwill Industries, the Kansas Food Bank, the United Way and many other non-profit agencies to assist their efforts in the community.
KWCH-DT and its satellites KBSD-DT, KBSH-DT, and KBSL-DT are CBS affiliates and serve the western two thirds of Kansas. KWCH-DT also operates a "virtual" station on Cox Cable in Salina, Kansas with the ability to locally insert news, weather and commercials. In addition to Kansas, KWCH 12 and its satellites can be seen in portions of Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.
KWCH 12 and its satellites broadcast two signals in digital; the primary HD signal is on the corresponding dot 1 (12.1, 6.1, 7.1, 10.1) and dot 2 (12.2, 6.2, 7.2, and 10.2), which is a 24-hour weather channel called "Always On Storm Team 12."
KSCW-DT can be picked up over the air in the Wichita area and is available all cable and satellite through the state. Like KWCH 12 KSCW has a primary and corresponding dot 2, which broadcasts Decades. Decades airs classic CBS hits and historic news coverage.
KWCH 12 also owns and operates digital platforms kwch.com, catchitkansas.com, and kscwtv.com.
The population of the Wichita-Hutchinson metro area is 705,587.
KWCH 12 has received numerous Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and regional Emmys. Every year since 2011, KWCH 12 has been named the Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ Station of the Year.
KWCH 12’s news team has received three National Edward R. Murrow awards. Winning awards in 2003, 2004 2015 and 2017. The award in 2003 was for continuing coverage of the Carr brothers' murder trial. In 2004, KWCH 12 was recognized for continuing coverage of an investigation into City of Wichita financial practices. Then in 2015 KWCH 12 was awarded a National Edward R. Murrow award for Breaking News for the coverage of the FlightSafety crash. In addition to the national awards, KWCH 12 has also won 11 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards 2003
Wichita is known as the Air Capital of the World because of the local aircraft industry. Planes and aircraft parts built in Wichita include Learjet, Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Spirit Aerosystems. Wichita is also home to Koch Industries, the largest privately held company in the United States. In 2009, Wichita was named an All-America City for the fourth time.
Brad Moses, Vice President & General Manager; Kim Wilhelm, Director of News, Steve Reiter , Chief Engineer; Shawn Hilferty, Director of Digital Media & Operations; and Dominic Gauna, Director of Creative Services & Programming.