Channel 45 is the only station in the Twin Cities with its own mascot, the FORTY5 Guy, who is often seen at community events around the region.
In 2003, KSTC began broadcasting two digital stations, KSTC-DT on ATSC channel 45-1 in standard definition, simulcasting the station's regular content. They also began broadcasting terrestrial HDnet in high-definition on KTSC-DT2 channel 45-2. After its contract with HDnet ended, channel 45-2 was taken off the air. It signed on again on December 1, 2006, as a high-definition sports channel including select Minnesota Wild games.
However, in the few years it has been operating under the KSTC call letters, several other low-budget programs made specifically for KSTC have come and gone. These included a weekly horror movie broadcast under the name Horror Incorporated, hosted by Count Dracula (played by Jake Esau, the actual owner of the countdracula.com domain name). With the last incarnation of Horror Incorporated being hosted by Uncle Ghoulie, (Thom Lange) Carbuncle (Tim McCall), 13 (Sasha Yvonne Walloch), Gordon the Gorilla and Wolfie. As of 2004, at least one KSTC-specific program was still airing. Nate on Drums, a comedy and variety show hosted by Nate Perbix, is reportedly broadcast to a network of stations across Minnesota.
Other material adding to the local flair over the years has included a number of different sporting events. In 2004, KSTC announced a six-year over-the-air partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves, allowing the station to broadcast the team's regular-season and postseason basketball games Also in 2004, KSTC entered into an eleven year partnership with the Minnesota State High School League to broadcast state athletic tournaments as well as educational and student programs. KSTC will pay the League $9.7 million in rights fees, plus provide an additional $10.6 million worth of promotion for those tournaments and other League programs Additionally, in December 2004, KSTC established a multi-year partnership to air Minnesota Wild ice hockey games.
As of the Summer of 2006, KSTC has been including actual viewers in their Programming Promotions. Most include a viewer describing their favorite scene or character from one of the shows on KSTC.
Shows that are on late at night My Wife and Kids, Comics Unleashed, and The Bernie Mac Show.
Weekend shows are Degrassi, On The Road With Jason Davis, Lost, Dead Zone, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek, ReGenesis, According To Jim, Chapelle's Show
This fall KSTC switched their "prime time" lineup. Previously it was Cheers at 8-9 P.M., and Frasier at 9-10 P.M. Frasier got moved to 5-6 P.M. Cheers got cut back to the 1 P.M. slot. KSTC picked up Trivial Pursuit, That's 70's Show, and Punk'D in the Fall of 2008.