|Pocatello/Idaho Falls, Idaho|
|Channels||Digital: 15 (UHF)|
|Owner||KM Communications, Inc.
(Pocatello Channel 15, LLC)
|First air date||March 1, 2004|
|Last air date||February 16, 2011
|Call letters' meaning||Pocatello
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
15 (VHF, 2004-2009)
|Former affiliations||America One (2004)
The WB (2004-2006)
The CW (2006-2009)
|Transmitter power||239 kW|
KPIF was a full-power television station serving Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Idaho, as an affiliate of the Retro Television Network. The station was owned by KM Communications Inc. and broadcast on UHF channel 15 from a transmitter located on Howard Mountain in Pocatello.
The original construction permit for KPIF was granted on March 2, 2001, to Pocatello Channel 15, LLC, a partnership between KM Communications, Inc. of Skokie, Illinois, Kaleidoscope Foundation, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas (a subsidiary of Equity Broadcasting Corporation), and Potelco Broadcasting of Greensboro, North Carolina. The three companies had been competing applicants for a channel 15 television station in Pocatello, and agreed in 2000 to form a partnership in order to expedite construction of the station. In 2003, due to irreconcilable differences that caused delays in development of the permit, Myoung Hwa Bae of KM Communications extended an offer to buy out the other two members. KM Communications completed construction of the station and signed on in March 2004 under Program Test Authority from the FCC. The station applied for a license to cover the construction permit on March 1, 2004, and was granted the license on October 11, 2006.
Initially, KPIF was affiliated with America One, but the station picked up a WB affiliation a few months later. It became an affiliate of The CW on September 18, 2006. At one point, KBEO of Jackson, Wyoming (which was the first to sign on, on March 30, 2001) became a satellite of KPIF (KBEO has since gone dark).
|This article is outdated. (September 2010)|
Because they were granted original construction permits after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997, KPIF did not receive a companion channel for a digital television station. Instead, on June 12, 2009, which was the end of the digital TV conversion period for full-service stations, KPIF was to have turned off its analog signal and turned on its digital signal (called a "flash-cut").
While KPIF did broadcast a digital signal after the analog shutdown, it never applied for a license to cover or an extension of the digital construction permit (which expired on June 12, 2009). As a result, the KPIF license was cancelled by the FCC on February 16, 2011, and the call sign was deleted.
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KPIF
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KPIF
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPIF-TV
- Post Register article on station sign-on