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KEVN: Rapid City, South Dakota
KIVV: Lead, South Dakota
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
Owner Mission TV, LLC
(sale to Gray Television pending)
(KEVN, Inc.)
First air date Both stations: July 11, 1976
Call letters' meaning KEVN: SEVeN
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 (secondary, 1976-1988; primary, 1988-1996)
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)

KEVN-TV, channel 7, is a Fox-affiliated television station affiliate based in Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. KEVN is owned by Mission TV, 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), and 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]

Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
7.1 / 5.1 16:9 720p KEVN-DT Main KEVN-TV 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 and KIVV-TV shut down their analog transmitters. Both stations moved their digital signals to channel allocations matching their former channels as analog stations: KEVN moved its digital signal from UHF channel 18 to VHF channel 7 and KIVV relocated its digital signal from UHF channel 29 to VHF channel 5.

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."[1]


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.[2]

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, Gray Television announced it would acquire KEVN, and satellite station, KIVV, for $7.75 million. [3]

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.[4][5]

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • (KEVN) Action News (1976–1996)
  • KEVN Fox 7 News (1996–2007)
  • Black Hills Fox News (2007–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "KEVN, Seven's the One" (1976-1978)
  • "Turn to KEVN" (1978-1979)
  • "Action News: The News Specialists" (early 1980s)
  • "Keep Your Eyes on Us!" (mid-1980s)
  • "The Black Hills' Best" (early 1990s-1996)
  • "The Black Hills' News Leader" (1996–2007)
  • "Real People, Real News" (2007–present)
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On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[6][edit]

  • Jack Caudill - weeknights at 6:00 p.m. (The Six); also news director
  • Julie Oberlander - weeknights at 6:00 (The Six) and 9:00 p.m.
  • Brendyn Medina - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Tessa Thomas - weekends at 9:00 p.m.; also weekday reporter
  • Zach Nugent - weeknights at 9:00 p.m.
SkyView Forecast Team
  • Taylor Nicolaisen - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 6:00 (The Six) and 9:00 p.m.
  • Darren Leeds - meteorologist; weekends at 9:00 p.m., also weekday reporter
Sports team
  • Jamie Zepp - sports director; weeknights at 6:00 (The Six) and 9:00 p.m.
  • Megan Thompson - sports anchor; weekends at 9:00 p.m., also sports reporter
  • Dave Kidd - videojournalist
  • Jaleesa Irizarry - general assignment reporter
  • Al Van Zee - general assignment reporter


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