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|Fargo/Grand Forks, North Dakota|
|Branding||KVLY TV 11 (general)
Valley News Live (newscasts)
People You Know, News You Trust (news)
|Channels||Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||NBC (since 1983)|
|Owner||Hoak Media Corporation
(sale to Gray Television pending)
(Hoak Media of Dakota License, LLC)
|First air date||October 11, 1959|
|Call letters' meaning||Red River VaLleY|
|Former callsigns||KXGO-TV (1959-1963)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1959-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1959-1983)
This TV (2010-2012)
|Transmitter power||356 kW|
KVLY-TV, channel 11, is the NBC affiliate for Fargo, North Dakota, serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 44 (or virtual channel 11.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter tower near Blanchard. The station can also be seen on cable channel 11 in most areas of the market. There is a high definition signal offered on Midcontinent digital channel 611 and Cable One digital channel 465.
The station shares its facilities with CBS affiliate KXJB-TV, which it operates under a local marketing agreement, at the intersection of South University Drive and I-94 in Fargo. In addition to its main studio in Fargo, KVLY and KXJB operate a news bureau and sales office in the US Bank building in downtown Grand Forks.
The station is most notable for using the third tallest above-ground structure in the world for broadcasting its signal. The KVLY-TV mast rises 2,063-foot (629 m) high. KVLY is owned by Hoak Media Corporation of Dallas, Texas. The KVLY tower was at one time the tallest structure in the world, and is currently the tallest structure in North America. The KXJB tower is located just 6 miles from the KVLY tower.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|11.1||16:9||1080i||KVLY-TV||Main KVLY-TV programming / NBC|
KXJB and KVLY have broadcast in only digital format since February 16, 2009.
In January 2010, KVLY-TV began broadcasting the This TV network on subchannel 11.2. On January 1, 2013, This TV programming will be replaced on digital channel 11.2 with its sister network Me-TV (both networks are owned by Weigel Broadcasting).
KVLY-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on February 16, 2009, the day prior to the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were set to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later rescheduled for June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.
The station signed on in 1959 as KXGO-TV (for FarGO), an ABC affiliate. From 1962 to 1963 it used the call letters KEND-TV. In 1963, channel 11 moved to its current tower near Blanchard, North Dakota, and became known as KTHI-TV (which stands for Tower-HI).
In 1983 KTHI became an NBC affiliate, swapping affiliations with longtime NBC affiliate WDAY-TV. The current call sign, adopted in 1995, represents the station's slogan, "The Valley's Choice for Local News," as it serves the communities along the Red River of the North and its tributaries.
From 1968 until the mid-1980s, KTHI-TV (as it was then still known) was carried by cable systems across Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. When KTHI switched affiliation to NBC, it was replaced by ABC affiliate WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, until Canadian cable companies were granted permission to replace most of the North Dakota stations with network affiliates from Detroit, Michigan.
In September 2005, ten years after changing its call sign from KTHI, KVLY became the first major network affiliate in Fargo to broadcast in high-definition. In May 2006, KVLY made its logo bolder to reflect the change to HDTV. KVLY is the second most watched television station in the Red River Valley behind WDAY-TV/WDAZ-TV, which are owned by the Forum Communications Company.
Meyer Broadcasting of Bismarck, North Dakota, owner of KFYR-TV in Bismarck and its network of satellites in western North Dakota, bought the station in 1995. It sold its television stations to Sunrise Television in 1997. In 2002, Sunrise sold its North Dakota stations to the Wicks Group of New York City. Hoak bought all of Wicks' television stations, including KVLY, in January 2007.
In April 2007, KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV began simulcasting weekend newscasts, and in November 2007, the stations began simulcasting news during weekdays along with rebranding as Valley News Live. KXJB uses its "4" bug, while KVLY uses the "11" bug during newscasts.
On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KVLY-TV, to Gray Television. Concurrently with the deal, sister station KXJB-TV will be sold by Parker Broadcasting to Excalibur Broadcasting and will continue to be operated by KVLY.
KVLY and KXJB (Valley News Live) broadcasts 17 hours of news per week, with 4 1/2 hours on weekdays and 1 1/2 on the weekends. Newscasts air weekday mornings from 5 - 7 a.m., 12 - 12:30 p.m., weeknights from 5 - 5:30 p.m., 5:30 - 6 p.m. (on KXJB), 6 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7 p.m. (on KXJB) and 10 - 10:35 p.m. Weekend newscasts air Saturdays from 6 - 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 10:35 p.m.
- The Red River Valley Report (1953-1959)
- Your Esso Reporter (1959-1965)
- The 6 o'clock Report/The 10 o'clock Report (1965-1971)
- Action News (1971-1976)
- TV-11 Newswatch (1976-1980s)
- News 11 (1980s-1995)
- KVLY News 11 (1995–2007)
- Valley News Live (2007–present)
- "The Valley's New Choice for News" (1995–1997)
- "The Valley's Choice for Local News" (1997–2010)
- "People You Know, News You Trust" (2011–present)
Former on-air staff
- Steve Anderson - weather anchor (1978–1979; now a professor at James Madison University)
- Dennis Bounds - anchor (1976–1978; now evening anchor at KING-TV in Seattle)
- Peggy Brunelle - weather reporter
- Kerry Davis - News Reporter
- Stacey Deffenbaugh - morning news anchor (now at WZVN-TV in Fort Myers, FL)
- Gordon Dexheimer - news anchor/talk show host
- Jerilyn Donovan - anchor (1979–1981)
- Tom Erickson - sports anchor
- Tracy Frank - news reporter (now Fargo Forum reporter)
- Matt Granite - reporter/producer (now syndicated consumer savings reporter)
- Doug Hamilton - anchor
- Dan Hammer - sports anchor (now works for midco sports net)
- Amy Hockert - news anchor (now radio reporter with bring me the news.com in Minneapolis)
- Robert Ivers - news anchor/talk show host
- Robert Lane - Anchor/Reporter
- Charley Johnson - news anchor/news director/general manager
- Nick Johnson (sports reporter/sports anchor)
- Dan Quandt (Grand Forks news bureau chief/talk show host/occasional weekend news/sports anchor)
- Bob Kartheiser - reporter/talk show host
- Pat Kelly - news reporter
- Jim Lounsbury - anchor/reporter (late 1970s-early 1980s)
- Andrea Larson (Returned to KVLY/KXJB on air January 2013)
- Sarah McCurdy - news reporter
- Mary Ellen Miller - reporter (1978–1979)
- Scott Peters - sports director
- Cherlene Richards - reporter
- Donn Robertson - weekend anchor
- Larry Richards - reporter
- Norm Robinson - news reporter
- Ed Schultz - sports anchor (1982; now Fargo-based syndicated radio host)
- Bob Scott - news anchor
- Steve Sedahl - news reporter/weekend anchor (1980–1982)
- Daron Selvig - news anchor
- Terry Shannon (née Cunningham) - talk host/weather anchor/reporter (now working as a real estate broker for Buy Florida Properties, Inc.)
- Brian Shawn (weekend sports anchor)
- Mary Kay Simon - reporter/talk show host
- Tom Szymanski - chief meteorologist (1992–2007; now at KXMB in Bismarck)
- Pat Telle - sports anchor
- Rob Thorson - weather anchor (1979–1991)
- Dick Wilson - news anchor
KVLY-TV serves its large coverage area with three translators. All are owned by local municipalities.
Some of the defunct translators were actually in the western part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN broadcast television market.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KVLY
- Congress delays digital TV conversion, The Forum, Fargo ND, February 5, 2009
- Me-TV Adds WPTZ Burlington, KVLY Fargo, TVNewsCheck, November 14, 2012.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- "Gray Buying Hoak, Prime Stations For $342.5M". TVNewsCheck. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- [dead link]
- Valley News Live - Official KVLY-TV & KXJB-TV Website
- Me-TV Fargo - Official Me-TV Fargo Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KVLY
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KVLY-TV