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Idaho FallsPocatello, Idaho
United States
CityIdaho Falls, Idaho
BrandingKIDK Channel 3 (general)
KIDK Eyewitness News 3 (newscasts)
Fox 5 (on DT2)
SloganTaking Action For You
ChannelsDigital: 36 (UHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
TranslatorsKXPI-LD 34 Pocatello
(for others, see below)
Affiliations3.1: CBS
3.2: Fox/MyNetworkTV
OwnerVistaWest Media, LLC
OperatorNews-Press & Gazette Company
First air dateDecember 20, 1953 (65 years ago) (1953-12-20)
Call letters' meaningKIDaho (former call sign)
with extra K
Sister station(s)KIFI-TV, KXPI-LD
Former callsignsKID-TV (1953–1984)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
3 (VHF, 1953–2009)
Former affiliationsAll secondary:
DuMont (1953–1955) [1]
NBC (1953–1961)
ABC (1953–1974)
Fox (1994–1998)
UPN (1995–2003)
Transmitter power200 kW
Height458 m (1,503 ft)
Facility ID56028
Transmitter coordinates43°29′51″N 112°39′53″W / 43.49750°N 112.66472°W / 43.49750; -112.66472
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KIDK, virtual channel 3 (UHF digital channel 36), is a dual CBS/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States and also serving Pocatello. Owned by VistaWest Media, LLC, it is operated under a shared services agreement (SSA) by the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), making it a sister station to ABC affiliate KIFI-TV (channel 8, also licensed to Idaho Falls). The two stations share studios on North Yellowstone Highway/U.S. 26 in Idaho Falls; KIDK's transmitter is located on East Butte in unincorporated northern Bingham County along the Idaho National Laboratory border. On cable, KIDK-DT1 is available on Cable One channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 1003, while KIDK-DT2—which also carries a secondary affiliation with MyNetworkTV—can be seen on Cable One channel 5 (hence the Fox 5 branding) and in HD on digital channel 1005.

KIDK's signal is relayed on low-powered translator KXPI-LD (channel 34) in Pocatello, which is owned by NPG alongside KIFI-TV.


Its logo prior to 2007.

The station was founded on December 20, 1953 as KID-TV, co-owned with KID radio (AM 590 and FM 96.1). The station has been a primary affiliate of CBS since its debut, but carried secondary affiliations with the DuMont Television Network until its 1955 shutdown, NBC until 1961 (moving to KIFI-TV thereafter until swapping affiliations with KPVI in 1996) and ABC until 1974 when KPVI became a primary affiliate of the network upon that station's sign on. KID-TV amended its call sign to KIDK on December 18, 1984, when the radio stations were sold due to an FCC rule in place at the time that prohibited TV and radio stations in the same market, but with different ownership from sharing the same call letters. After dropping its secondary NBC affiliation, KIDK had an exclusive affiliation with CBS until September 1994, when it began to carry a secondary affiliation with Fox, carrying some of the network's shows in late fringe hours. This allowed the station to continue airing NFL football, which moved to Fox during the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment. In 1996, KIDK agreed to carry UPN as a third affiliation (KPID-LP, now KXPI-LD, affiliated with the network when it debuted in June 2001; however, KIDK continued its secondary affiliation with the network until 2003). Star Trek: Voyager, the highest-rated UPN program, was cleared in the market on KPVI as station management replaced NYPD Blue, feeling it was too vulgar for local market standards. NYPD Blue aired in its scheduled timeslot on KIFI once it became affiliated with ABC.[2]

On December 9, 2010, Fisher Communications announced that it had entered into a shared services arrangement with News-Press & Gazette Company-owned ABC affiliate KIFI-TV, under which KIDK would be run out of the KIFI facility and 27 KIDK staffers would be laid off. The move placed KIDK under the co-management of the station that accepted the ABC and NBC affiliations that KIDK formerly carried in the same secondary capacity prior to becoming an exclusive CBS affiliate.[3] The transaction was completed on January 1, 2011.[4]

On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[5] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[6] Shortly beforehand, a deal was reached to sell KIDK and KXPI to VistaWest Media, LLC, a company based in St. Joseph, Missouri (where NPG is also based); the stations would remain operated by NPG under a shared services agreement.[7] The sale was finalized on November 29.[8]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[9]
3.1 1080i 16:9 KIDK Main KIDK programming / CBS
3.2 720p FoxKXPI Fox & MyNetworkTV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KIDK shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, 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 remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36.[10] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 3.


Syndicated programming on KIDK-DT1 includes Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, The Doctors, and Dr. Phil among others. Syndicated programming on KIDK-DT2 includes The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, and The Big Bang Theory among others.

News operation[edit]

As a result of the SSA between KIDK and KIFI, the former consolidated its news department into KIFI's studios. KIFI then began producing all of KIDK's newscasts. KIDK modified its local news schedule in order to reduce opportunities for direct competition with KIFI. More specifically, KIDK dropped its weekday morning show in favor of CBS Morning News repeats making that station one of a few in the United States that does not provide a local news broadcast in the time slot.

Its separate newscasts airing weeknights at 5 and 6 on KIDK were dropped in favor of one seen at 5:30 while KIFI airs ABC World News Tonight. KIDK provides the CBS Evening News at 5 preceding its local show. KIDK still offers a separate broadcast weeknights at 10 that does compete with KIFI. All local news programming produced for KIDK originates from KIFI's primary set except with modified studio elements, such as duratrans and on-screen graphics, indicating the specific channel airing news.

In order to maintain individual on-air identities and branding, KIDK and KIFI have separate graphic schemes and news music packages. The two maintain primary weeknight personalities (such as news anchors) that only appear on one channel. On weekends, KIFI offers its own early evening newscast at 5 while KIDK follows at 5:30. The two television outlets simulcast together at 10 although the broadcast can be delayed or preempted on one channel due to network obligations.

KIDK airs a nightly prime time newscast on its Fox subchannel known as Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 9 on Fox 5. The show can be seen for 35 minutes on weeknights and a half-hour on weekends. Prior to the SSA formulation with KIFI, KIDK-DT2 also rebroadcast KIDK's weekday morning show at 7.[11][12] KIFI now produces KIDK-DT2's newscast as a result of the SSA. It competed with another local newscast seen weeknights at 9 on KFXP (that was produced by rival NBC affiliate KPVI-DT, channel 6). However, that thirty-minute show was discontinued on June 30, 2012, as KFXP lost its Fox affiliation a day before KXPI affiliated with the network.[citation needed]


In addition to KXPI-LD, KIDK has several translators serving parts of Eastern and Central Idaho, and parts of Western Wyoming.

KIDK also has a digital fill-in translator on channel 38 in Rexburg, Idaho.[13]


  1. ^ Aden, Frank Jr. (2006). "The Beginning of TV in Idaho". As the Turntable Turns, issue 1. July 2006. History of Idaho Broadcasting.
  2. ^ Menser, Paul. "KIFI PLANS SWITCH TO ABC PROGRAMMING". Post Register. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. ^ KIDK-KIFI SSA Deal To Cost 27 Jobs, TVNewsCheck, December 9, 2010.
  4. ^ KIFI and KIDK enter staff-sharing agreement, Post Register, December 8, 2010.
  5. ^ Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  7. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". FCC. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
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  9. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KIDK
  10. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  11. ^ "KIDK Programming Note". January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  12. ^ Another News Operation Bites The Dust, TVNewsCheck, January 3, 2011.
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