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Boise, Idaho
United States
Branding Idaho's
NewsChannel 7
Slogan Where the News Comes First
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 7 (PSIP)
Subchannels 7.1 NBC
7.2 24/7 NewsChannel
7.3 NW Cable News
Translators KTFT-LD 20 (7.1)
Twin Falls
(for others, see article)
Affiliations NBC (primary until 1974; exclusive 1974-present)
Owner Gannett Company
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date July 12, 1953 (1953-07-12)
Call letters' meaning TeleVision Boise
Former callsigns KIDO-TV (1953-59)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953-2009)
26 (UHF, 1997-2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1953-1974)
Transmitter power 42.1 kW
Height 806 m
Facility ID 34858
Transmitter coordinates 43°45′16″N 116°5′56″W / 43.75444°N 116.09889°W / 43.75444; -116.09889
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
Website www.ktvb.com

KTVB, channel 7, is the NBC-affiliated television station in Boise, Idaho, and is owned by the Gannett Company. The station broadcasts its digital signal on VHF channel 7.

The station also operates a low-power repeater in Twin Falls, KTFT-LD, the programming for which originates from the KTVB studios. The two signals are identical, with the exception of commercials, which are sold and targeted to the Magic Valley area.


The station, Idaho's oldest, signed on July 12, 1953, as KIDO-TV. It was originally owned by Georgia Davidson, along with radio station KIDO-AM. Davidson 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-AM in 1959 but kept KIDO-TV, which she renamed KTVB.

KTVB has always been a primary NBC affiliate. 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 KAID-TV (Channel 4, PBS) signed on in December 1971, KTVB pre-empted 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 a 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 PBS programming on February 1, 1977.

Philo Farnsworth, the father of television and an Idaho native, was present as the station signed on the air. During KTVB's fiftieth year celebration, 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 KING in Seattle, KREM-TV in Spokane, and KGW-TV in Portland, as part of King Broadcasting. That company was sold to the Providence Journal Company in 1992, which was later sold to Belo Corp. in 1997.

In November 2003, KTVB launched Idaho's Very Own 24/7, a unique 24-hour channel consisting primarily of syndicated programming and original newscasts; the network is distributed on digital channel 7.2 as well as on a variety of local cable systems. It started as a newscast repeat station before evolving into its current form.

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.[1] 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.[2] The sale was completed on December 23.[3]

News operation[edit]

The KTVB news slogan is "Where the News Comes First". The station produces 6.5 hours of original news programming each weekday distributed between KTVB & 24/7, 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[4] 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. KTVB's 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. 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 area's second weekday hour-long 4:00 p.m. newscast (after KBOI-TV) [5]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • KIDO-TV News (1953–1957)
  • The Esso Reporter (1957–1960)
  • TV-7 News (1960–1974)
  • NewsCenter 7 (1974–1997)
  • Idaho's NewsChannel 7 (1997–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Idaho's NewsChannel" (1986–1997)
  • "Where the News Comes First" (1997–present)
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Newscast schedule[edit]

  • KTVB Morning News - 5:00-7:00 a.m.
  • 24/7 Morning News - 7:00-8:00 a.m. (KTVB-DT2 24/7)
  • KTVB News at Noon - 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 4:00 - 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 10:00 - 10:00-10:35 p.m.
  • KTVB Morning News - 8:00-10:00 a.m.
  • KTVB News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 6:00 - 6:00-6:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 10:00 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 5:00 - 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • KTVB News at 10:00 - 10:00-10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday Sports Extra - 10:30-11:00 p.m.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[6][edit]


  • Kim Fields - Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Carolyn Holly - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 10:00 p.m.
  • Mark Johnson - weeknights at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m.; also Viewpoint co-host
  • Maggie O'Mara - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on KTVB and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KTVB-DT2 24/7)
  • Doug Petcash - weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on KTVB and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KTVB-DT2 24/7)
  • Dee Sarton - weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.; also Viewpoint co-host
  • Andrea Lutz - weekdays at Noon
  • Justin Corr - weekdays at Noon
  • Scott Evans - Saturday mornings (8:00-10:00 a.m.)

First Alert Weather

  • Rick Lantz (AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and NWA Seals of Approval) - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 4:00 and weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 (KTVB-DT2 24/7) and 10:00 p.m.
  • Jim Duthie - meteorologist; Saturday mornings (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • Larry Gebert - meteorologist; weekday mornings (5:00-7:00 on KTVB and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KTVB-DT2 24/7) and weekdays at noon
  • Brian Holmes - weathercaster; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Sports team

  • Ryan Larrondo - sports anchor; Saturdays at 6:00 and weekends at 5:00 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Jay Tust - sports director; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 6:30 (KTVB-DT2 24/7) and 10:00 p.m.
  • Tom Scott - host of Sunday Sports Extra (Sundays at 10:30 p.m.)


  • Justin Corr - general assignment reporter
  • Scott Evans - general assignment reporter
  • Jamie Grey - general assignment and investigative reporter
  • Andrea Lutz - general assignment reporter
  • Bonnie Shelton - weekday morning reporter (5:00-7:00 on KTVB and 7:00-8:00 a.m. on KTVB-DT2 24/7)
  • Stephanie Zepelin - general assignment reporter
  • Karen Zatkulak - general assignment reporter

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
7.1 1080i 16:9 KTVB-HD Main KTVB programming / NBC
7.2 480i 24/7 24/7 NewsChannel
7.3 NWCN NW Cable News

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

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 station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 26 to VHF channel 7 for post-transition operations.[8][9][10]


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[edit]

KTFT-LD is rebroadcast on digital translator K49IT-D in Hagerman, Idaho.[12] K49IT-D is owned and operated by the Hagerman Translator district and not Gannett Company and King Broadcasting Company.

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