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KTVB, virtual and VHF digital channel 7, is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Boise, Idaho, United States. The station is owned by Tegna Inc. KTVB's studios are located on West Fairview Avenue (off I-184) in Boise, and its transmitter is located at the Bogus Basin ski area summit in unincorporated Boise County.
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
|Owner||Tegna Inc. |
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date
|July 12, 1953|
Former call signs
Former channel number(s)
Call sign meaning
|HAAT||806 m (2,644 ft)|
|Translator(s)||KTFT-LD 20 (7.7) Twin Falls|
(for others, see below)
Public license information
|Translator of KTVB|
|Twin Falls, Idaho|
|Channels||Digital: 20 (UHF)|
|Branding||see KTVB infobox|
|Owner||Tegna Inc. |
(King Broadcasting Company)
|see KTVB infobox|
First air date
|August 13, 2007|
Call sign meaning
|Twin Falls Television|
|HAAT||226.6 m (743 ft)|
Public license information
The station also operates a low-power repeater in Twin Falls, KTFT-LD (virtual channel 7.7, UHF channel 20). The two signals are identical, with the exception of commercials, which are sold and targeted to the Magic Valley area. KTFT maintains a small advertising sales office on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls and transmitter on Flat Top Butte near Jerome, Idaho. Master control and most internal operations are based at KTVB's facilities.
The station, Idaho's oldest (but not its first), signed on July 12, 1953, as KIDO-TV. Along with radio station KIDO, it was originally owned by Georgia Davidson, who was one of only three female station owners in the NBC network including Dorothy Bullitt of future sister station KING-TV in Seattle. Davidson sold KIDO radio in 1959 but kept KIDO-TV, which she renamed KTVB on February 1.
KTVB has always been a primary NBC affiliate, owing to KIDO radio's longtime relationship with the NBC Radio Network. After KBOI-TV (channel 2, CBS) signed on in November 1953, the two stations briefly shared secondary DuMont affiliations, and shared secondary ABC affiliations until KITC (channel 6) signed on in 1974. Before PBS member KAID-TV (channel 4) signed on in December 1971, KTVB preempted the second hour of the Today Show to carry Sesame Street without commercials on weekday mornings.
In the early 1960s, KTVB built a satellite station in La Grande, Oregon. KTVR-TV (channel 13) went on the air December 6, 1964, as a semi-satellite of KTVB, but had a La Grande studio at 1605 Adams Ave., producing a nightly newscast and other local programming. However, by 1967, the La Grande studio and office had been closed and KTVR was a total satellite of KTVB. KTVR was unique in the Pacific Time Zone because as a repeater of a Mountain Time Zone station, its "prime time" schedule was broadcast from 6 to 9 p.m. PT, two hours early. OEPBS (now Oregon Public Broadcasting) bought KTVR on August 31, 1976, and converted it to a non-commercial PBS member station on February 1, 1977.
Philo Farnsworth, the father of television and a native of Beaver, Utah, was present as the station signed on the air. During KTVB's fiftieth year celebration in 2003, the tag line "the first television station in the state where TV was invented" was used in some promotional announcements.
In 1979, KTVB was sold to the Bullitts' King Broadcasting Company, joining company flagship station KING-TV in Seattle, KREM-TV in Spokane, and KGW-TV in Portland, as part of King Broadcasting. In 1992, the company was sold to the Providence Journal Company, which was later sold to Belo Corp. in 1997.
KTVB has branched out into non-traditional areas, such as its free "Idaho Classifieds" project on the ZIdaho website. KTVB is no longer affiliated with ZIdaho as of January 2013. In August 2011, KTVB became the first station in Boise to broadcast its entire weekday schedule in high definition.
On June 13, 2013, the Gannett Company announced that it would acquire Belo. The sale was completed on December 23. On September 24, 2014, KTVB announced that they would switch to the Gannett graphics package and "This is Home" music package on September 28, 2014.
The station's multicast channels, Idaho's Very Own 24/7 and NWCN, were moved to the basic plan on Cable One system on August 27, 2013. Northwest Cable News was replaced with the Justice Network on subchannel 7.3 on January 20, 2015. NWCN would shut down almost two years later, on January 6, 2017.
On June 29, 2015, the Gannett Company split in two, with one side specializing in print media and the other side specializing in broadcast and digital media. KTVB was retained by the latter company, named Tegna.
KTVB-DT2, branded on-air as Idaho's Very Own 24/7, is the second digital subchannel of KTVB, programmed as an independent station. Over the air, it broadcasts on virtual and VHF channel 7.2 in Boise and on KTFT-LD 20.2 in Twin Falls (mapped to virtual channel 7.8).
At the end of October 2003, KTVB launched 24/7 NewsChannel on KTVB-DT2, one of the first digital secondary subchannels in the nation. The subchannel's programming initial consisted of time-shifted newscasts plus five other programs not on its main channel. Plans for the independent news format subchannel were for original news programs and other local programming.
By fall 2011, the station had rebranded its 24/7 NewsChannel as "Idaho's Very Own 24/7" while revamping the 6:30 p.m. newscast and the morning news at 7 a.m. added additional features.
Though originally billed as a 24-hour news channel, the subchannel has become more of an independent station in order to compete with other subchannels in the area which carry other outside subchannel networks, along with syndicated programming, especially with KTRV-TV's September 2016 decision to convert to a full-time Ion Television affiliate (and eventual purchase by Ion itself), which freed up several programs for the local market (another factor is KTVB's newscasts being available live or delayed on its website, making the station's original purpose superfluous).
KTVB-DT2 simulcasts the main station's morning newscasts on weekdays, along with weekend early evening newscasts and its 10 p.m. show nightly. Airing the weekend early evening newscasts allows viewers to still see a newscast despite NBC Sports preempting newscasts for college football or NBC Sunday Night Football coverage during the fall, and golf and NASCAR coverage in those seasons. Exclusive to the station is a weekday 7 a.m. hour-long newscast, and Friday Night Flights on Friday evenings, which provides coverage of local high school football. In other non-prime slots, repeats of the last KTVB newscast produced before that time period are seen. KTVB-DT2 also broadcasts Boise State University athletic contests—including football and basketball—along with shows like Inside Bronco Football on Wednesday nights and the Idaho Coaches Show on Thursday nights. Both programs are shown at 10:30 p.m. and repeated the following day at 12:30 p.m.
Syndicated programming on KTVB-DT2 includes The Wendy Williams Show, Family Feud, and The Dr. Oz Show, along with second runs of KTVB's syndicated programming such as Judge Judy. In rare cases where KTVB must preempt NBC network programming for local breaking news or community interest coverage, KTVB-DT2 carries network shows in their regularly scheduled timeslots.
KTVB produces 6½ hours of original news programming each weekday distributed between KTVB and KTVB-DT2, and a total of 38 hours of original news and sports programming per week.
Former reporters have gone on to attain national prominence, including Christi Paul of CNN Headline News, Trace Gallagher of Fox News, David Kerley of ABC News and Meg Oliver of CBS News' Up To The Minute.
The KTVB news gathering fleet includes a new state of the art satellite truck purchased in 2006, allowing for live coverage of events across the region. KTVB's resources also include two live units, 10 news gathering vehicles, and a digital production truck.
The station has won a total of seven National Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). KTVB is also the recipient of numerous Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter. On September 30, 2013, KTVB added the area's second weekday hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast (after KBOI-TV).
Notable former-on air staffEdit
The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|7.1||7.7||1080i||16:9||KTVB-HD||KTFT-LD||Main KTVB programming / NBC|
|7.2||7.8||480i||24/7||Idaho's Very Own 24/7|
|7.3||7.9||Crime||True Crime Network|
KTVB shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 7, 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 relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.
|City of license||Callsign||Translating||Channel||ERP||HAAT||Facility ID||Transmitter coordinates||Owner|
|Cambridge||K17KF-D||KTVB||17||0.51 kW||−54 m (−177 ft)||188131||King Broadcasting Company|
|Cascade||K29NB-D||29||0.49 kW||−199 m (−653 ft)||34884|
|Council||K23KY-D||23||0.46 kW||−127 m (−417 ft)||11446|
|Garden Valley||K34MG-D||34||0.0099 kW||7 m (23 ft)||23143||Garden Valley Translator District|
|Glenns Ferry||K16JE-D||16||0.43 kW||1 m (3 ft)||188132||King Broadcasting Company|
|Hagerman||K18NF-D||KTFT-LD||18||0.252 kW||55 m (180 ft)||188132||Hagerman Translator District|
|K15IO-D||KTVB||15||0.47 kW||558 m (1,831 ft)||34869||King Broadcasting Company|
|Terrace Lakes||K10OA-D||10||0.047 kW||154 m (505 ft)||23148||Garden Valley Translator District|
|Golconda, NV||K35GD-D||35||0.19 kW||443 m (1,453 ft)||28088||Humboldt County|
|McDermitt, NV||K11MU-D||11||0.01 kW||482 m (1,581 ft)||28108|
|K14SE-D||14||0.15 kW||88 m (289 ft)||54292||Quinn River TV Maintenance District|
|Winnemucca, NV||K19EU-D||19||0.11 kW||693 m (2,274 ft)||28093||Humboldt County|
|Baker City, OR||K18KI-D||18||1 kW||575 m (1,886 ft)||127789||Blue Mountain Translator District|
|Baker Valley, OR||K30OF-D||30||579 m (1,900 ft)||5944|
|La Grande, OR||K21MS-D||21||0.4 kW||768 m (2,520 ft)||5953|
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- RabbitEars TV Query for KTVB
- "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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- Official website
- Facility details for Facility ID 34858 (KTVB) in the FCC Licensing and Management System
- Facility details for Facility ID 167056 (KTFT) in the FCC Licensing and Management System
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVB-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTFT-LD