ⓘ KTFT-LD. 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 ..



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. KTVBs studios are located on West Fairview Avenue in Boise, and its transmitter is located at the Bogus Basin ski area summit in unincorporated Boise County.

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 KTVBs facilities.


1. History

The station, Idahos oldest, 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 radios longtime relationship with the NBC Red 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 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 an Idaho native, was present as the station signed on the air. During KTVBs 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 stations multicast channels, Idahos 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 Idahos 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 via PSIP. On cable, the subchannel is available on Cable One channel 13.


2.1. KTVB-DT2 History

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 subchannels 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 "Idahos 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-TVs 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 KTVBs newscasts being available live or delayed on its website, making the stations original purpose superfluous.


2.2. KTVB-DT2 Programming

KTVB-DT2 simulcasts the main stations 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, The Middle, Family Feud, and The Dr. Oz Show, along with second runs of KTVBs 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.


3. Digital television

The stations digital signals are multiplexed:

Analog-to-digital conversion

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 stations digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.


4. Translators

KTVB is rebroadcast on the following translator stations:

All of the translators in Nevada and most in Oregon are in the Pacific Time Zone.

KTFT-LD translator

KTFT-LD is rebroadcast on digital translator K49IT-D in Hagerman, Idaho. K49IT-D is independently owned and operated by the Hagerman Translator district.


5. News operation

The KTVB news slogan is "Where News Comes First". The station 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. KTVBs 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 areas second weekday hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast after KBOI-TV

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