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KEVN: Rapid City, South Dakota
KIVV: Lead, South Dakota
United States
Branding Black Hills Fox (general)
Black Hills Fox News (news)
Slogan Real People. Real News.
Channels Digital:
Subchannels 7.1/5.1 Fox
Affiliations Fox (1996-present)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date Both stations: July 11, 1976 (1976-07-11)
Call letters' meaning KEVN: SEVeN
Sister station(s) KSFY-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KEVN: 7 (VHF, 1976-2009)
KIVV: 5 (VHF, 1976-2009)
KEVN: 18 (UHF)
KIVV: 29 (UHF)
Former affiliations CBS (1976-1988)
NBC (1976-1996; secondary until 1988)
Transmitter power KEVN: 43.5 kW
KIVV: 9.2 kW
Height KEVN: 204 m
KIVV: 561 m
Facility ID KEVN: 34347
KIVV: 34348
Transmitter coordinates KEVN:
44°4′0″N 103°15′1″W / 44.06667°N 103.25028°W / 44.06667; -103.25028
44°19′30″N 103°50′14″W / 44.32500°N 103.83722°W / 44.32500; -103.83722 (KIVV-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KIVV-TV Profile

KEVN-TV, channel 7, is a Fox-affiliated television station affiliate based in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. Owned by Gray Television, KEVN has a co-located studio/office and transmitter facility in Rapid City.

KEVN-TV also operates a full-power satellite in Lead, South Dakota, KIVV-TV (channel 5), which can also be seen over the air in Rapid City. KIVV's transmitter is located near Spearfish, South Dakota.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2]
x.1 16:9 720p KEVN-DT
Main programming / Fox

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Four months before the official date of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion on February 17, 2009, KEVN-TV & KIVV-TV shut down their analog signals, respectively over VHF channels 7 & 5, on that date. Both stations' digital signals relocated from their pre-transition UHF channels 18 & 29 to VHF channels 7 & 5 for post-transition operations.[3]

Mission TV submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission in 2007 asking to defer further construction of KEVN-TV's digital transmitter (which was not yet operating at full power due to financial problems) until the end of the digital television transition, indicating that the station's owners were the subject of a bankruptcy proceeding at the time and to expend the funds necessary to complete construction of its full-power digital television facility "could be fatal."[4]


The VHF channel 7 allocation in Rapid City was originally the home of NBC affiliate KRSD-TV, which operated from 1958 until 1971, when its license was revoked by the Federal Communications Commission because of its technically unsatisfactory operation.[5]

KEVN-TV arose out of the FCC's concern over the duplication of CBS programming in the Scottsbluff, Nebraska area, which is considered part of the Cheyenne, Wyoming television market. KOTA-TV operates a satellite station that is licensed to Scottsbluff, KDUH. Cheyenne's KYCU-TV had its own satellite in Scottsbluff, KSTF. Both KYCU/KSTF and KOTA/KDUH held unusual "joint primary" affiliations with both ABC and CBS; KYCU/KSTF slightly favored programming from ABC, while KOTA/KDUH slightly favored CBS' programs. Needless to say, this caused a lot of confusion in the city of Scottsbluff, especially when both satellites were simultaneously carrying a particular CBS program and the only other choice that viewers who did not subscribe to cable television had was Alliance, Nebraska-licensed KTNE-TV (operated as part of PBS member network Nebraska ETV).

As such, when the FCC awarded the channel 7 license to KEVN, the intention was to end the duplication problem and to lighten KOTA/KDUH's network programming load. KEVN began operations on July 11, 1976, at the same time as its satellite KIVV. Both stations were primary CBS affiliates that also carried secondary affiliations with NBC, which had been without an affiliate in the Rapid City market since KRSD left the air.

In 1988, Sioux Falls station KELO-TV signed on a satellite station in Rapid City, KCLO-TV, which took the CBS affiliation. KEVN then became an exclusive NBC affiliate. In July 1996, KEVN dropped the NBC affiliation to join Fox, leaving the Black Hills region without a full-power NBC affiliate until Rapid Broadcasting Company signed on KNBN (channel 21) in May 2000. During that time period, NBC's Denver affiliate KUSA-TV in was brought in as an out-of-market station on area cable providers. As a Fox affiliate, the station was branded as "KEVN Fox 7" in its first 11 years with the network, before being rebranded as "Black Hills Fox" in early 2007, removing the over-the-air channel number from KEVN's brand identity.

On December 18, 2013, it was announced that Mission TV, LLC (an independent private company led by California attorney William Reyner (unrelated to the holding company of the same name that is controlled by Nexstar Broadcasting Group)) would sell KEVN, and satellite station, KIVV, to Gray Television for $7.75 million. [6] The sale was completed on May 1, 2014. Upon the sale's completion, this is Gray's first standalone full power Fox affiliate.[7] [8]

News operation[edit]

KEVN presently broadcasts a total of 9½ hours of locally-produced newscasts each week (with 1½ hours on weekdays and one hour each on Saturdays and Sundays). The station is among the few Fox affiliates to carry a 6:00 p.m. newscast and one of the only Fox stations to offer a newscast in that timeslot, that does not also produce a 5:00 p.m. newscast. The station also does not produce any newscasts during morning or midday timeslots, although KEVN rebroadcasts its hour-long 9:00 p.m. news program at 6:00 a.m. on weekday mornings. The station has recently expanded the weekend edition of the 9:00 p.m. newscast to an hour on November 2, 2013.[9][10]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KEVN
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KIVV
  3. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Broadcasting, Nov. 8, 1971, p. 48
  6. ^ Gray Buying South Dakota Duo for $7.75M, TVNewsCheck, 18 December, 2013
  7. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access Federal Communications Commission, 1 May, 2014, Retrieved 2 May, 2014.
  8. ^ Gray Adds North And South Dakota TVs, TVNewsCheck, 1 May, 2014, Retrieved 2 May, 2014.
  9. ^ Rapid City FOX Affiliate Expands Weekend Newscast TVSpy, November 4, 2013.
  10. ^ KEVN Expands It's Weekend News To One Hour TVNewsCheck, November 4, 2013.

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