Intermountain West Communications Company

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Intermountain West Communications Company
Type Private
Industry Telecommunications
Mass media
Founded October 1, 1979
Headquarters Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Key people James E. "Jim" Rogers
Products Broadcast television
Website Official website

Intermountain West Communications Company is an American telecommunications company, owned by the late James E. "Jim" Rogers, that owns licenses for a number of local television stations in the United States, operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, IWCC was founded on October 1, 1979, following the purchase of KORK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas, by local attorney James E. "Jim" Rogers and 16 Las Vegas residents. KORK-TV was renamed KVBC-TV after taking control and KSNV-DT on July 9, 2010 and Rogers expanded Sunbelt's reach to include other stations in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming. In 2008, Sunbelt was renamed Intermountain West Communications Company; Rogers was at his summer home in Montana when he was asked about the "SUNBELT" license plate on his car when Montana isn't a Sun Belt state.[1] Most of IWCC's stations are NBC affiliates.

Stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Year Acquired Network(s)
Las Vegas, Nevada KVMY 1 21 (2) 1979 NBC
Cozi TV (DT2)
Antenna TV (DT3)
Reno, Nevada KRNV-DT 2 4 (7) 1989 NBC
This TV (DT2)
Elko, Nevada KENV-DT 2
(Semi-satellite of KRNV)
10 (10) 1997 NBC

Notes:

Former stations[edit]

Television stations[edit]

City of license / Market Station Channel
TV (RF)
Years Owned Current Ownership Status
Yuma, Arizona KYMA-DT 11 (11) 1989-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Blackhawk Broadcasting
(Operated through a SSA by News-Press & Gazette Company)
Pocatello, Idaho KPVI-DT 6 (23) 1995-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Frontier Radio Management
KFXP 31 (31) 1999-2013 1 Dark station owned by Compass Communications
Twin Falls, Idaho KKVI/KXTF 35 (34) 1995-2014 Dark station owned by Frontier Radio Management
Helena, Montana KMTF 10 (29) 1998-2014 2 The CW affiliate owned by Gray Television
KTVH-DT 12 (12) 1997-2014 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Havre, Montana KBBJ
(former satellite of KTVH)
9 2001-2009 defunct, went dark in 2008
Lewistown, Montana KBAO
(former satellite of KTVH)
13 2001-2009 defunct, went dark in 2008
Ely, Nevada KBJN/KVNV
(former satellite of KVBC)
3 2004-2008 3 Me-TV affiliate, WJLP - Middletown Township, New Jersey, owned by PMCM TV
Las Vegas, Nevada KSNV-DT 3 (2) 1979-2014 Intellectual unit and NBC programming transferred to a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned license and renamed KSNV.
Winnemucca, Nevada KWNV
(former satellite of KRNV/KENV)
7 1998-2010 defunct, went dark in 2008
Santa Fe - Albuquerque KNMZ-TV/KKTO-TV 2 (27) 1988-1992 Fox affiliate, KASA-TV, owned by Media General
Casper, Wyoming KCWY-DT 13 (12) 1998-2013 NBC affiliate owned by Gray Television
Jackson, Wyoming KJVI/KJWY
(former satellite of KPVI)
2 (2) 1995-2009 Me-TV affiliate, KJWP - Wilmington, Delaware, owned by PMCM TV
Sheridan, Wyoming KBNM/KSWY
(former satellite of KCWY)
(later KJCW)
7 2002-2009 defunct, went dark in 2010

Footnotes:


  • 1 KFXP was owned by Compass Communications and it was operated by IWCC. Sale to Abraham Telecasting Company, awaiting consummation.
  • 1 KMTF was owned by The Uhlmann Company and it was operated by IWCC.
  • 2 Although Sunbelt took over ownership of KBJN in 2004, it had operated as a satellite of KVBC since signing on in 2001.

Radio stations[edit]

Market Station Years owned Current ownership
Las Vegas KVBC-FM-105.1
(now KQRT)
1996–20001 owned by Entravision Communications Corporation
Reno KRNV-FM-101.7
(now at 102.1)
1995–2000 owned by Entravision Communications Corporation

Footnote:

  • 1 KVBC-FM was owned by Compass Communications and managed by Sunbelt Communications.

Related activities[edit]

Though not related to IWCC directly, company owner Jim Rogers is also the founder and curator of the Sunbelt Classic and Antique Automobile Museum ([1]), located near KSNV's studios in Las Vegas. Most of the cars displayed come from Rogers's personal collection.

Rogers also served as the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and has provided financial support for colleges and universities, either through personal contributions or through the Sunbelt Communications Education Foundation, which awards college scholarships and offers financial assistance to graduating high school students in IWCC's broadcast regions.

In addition, The University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law is named after him in recognition of his philanthropy to the school.

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