|Klamath Falls, Oregon|
|City of license||Klamath Falls, Oregon|
|Slogan||Local News Comes First|
|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)|
|Affiliations||NBC (primary 1956-1961; secondary 1961-1984; primary 1984-present)|
|Owner||California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc.|
|First air date||August 1956|
|Call letters' meaning||Oregon
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1956-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1956-1984; secondary until 1961)
CBS (secondary 1956-1984)
|Transmitter power||9 kW|
KOTI is a local NBC affiliate based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Founded on August 12, 1956 by William B. Smullin of California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc., the station now serves as a repeater facility for sister station KOBI-TV NBC 5 of Medford, Oregon. The call letters KOTI are believed to have come from the city's local four-year college, the Oregon Institute of Technology(formerly Oregon Technical Institute). Originally KOTI carried all three networks.
The station is owned by president Patricia C. "Patsy" Smullin, who also owns the parent company COBi, which is the longest, continuously independent broadcast group in the West and one of the three oldest in the country. Their number one interest is localism. KOTI served as the only staffed television station in the Klamath Basin for many years. The station's vice president and general manager is Robert Wise, formerly general manager of former sister station KRCR-TV in Redding, California. Viewers in 12 counties in Oregon and California receive programming from NBC 2.
KOTI is the home for NBC 2 News at 5:00pm, 6:00pm and 11:00pm anchored by Dan Joseph and Laura Cavanaugh. The chief meteorologist is Jeff Heaton. Lyle Ahrens serves as the Klamath Basin news bureau chief.
At one time, KOTI aired a separate newscast at 6:30pm with its own news bureau before the station became a repeater for KOBI.
- Eye Five News (1970s?)
- Pacesetter News (1974-1976)
- Eyewitness News (1970s-1998)
- The News Channel (1998-2005)
- NBC 2 News (2005-present)
- Local News Comes First (1998-present)
Acquisition of KFBI and KMCW
KOTI owners California Oregon Broadcasting, Inc., are currently in the process of acquiring MyNetworkTV affiliate KFBI-TV My 48 and NBC-owned Telemundo affiliate KMCW 14 from Sainte Partners II, L.P. The sale is pending FCC approval.
KOTI-DT broadcasts on digital channel 13.
|2.1||KOTI-DT||Main KOTI programming / NBC HD|
|2.2||The AccuWeather Channel||Weather|
KOTI is rebroadcast on the following translator stations. Some channels currently broadcasting, are not listed in the FCC database:
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says August 12, while the Television and Cable Factbook says August 13.
- KOTI website
- Western States Museum of Broadcasting: History of Television In Southern Oregon
- Bill Smullin: Southern Oregon TV's pioneer
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KOTI
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KOTI-TV