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(semi-satellite of KIMA-TV,
Yakima, Washington)
KLEW logo
Lewiston/Moscow, Idaho
Pullman/Clarkston, Washington
United States
CityLewiston, Idaho
BrandingKLEW-TV (general)
KLEW News (newscasts)
SloganKLEW-TV Cares About You (primary)
The Quad-Cities News Leader (secondary)
ChannelsDigital: 32 (UHF)
Virtual: 3 (PSIP)
Translators22 (UHF) Moscow
Affiliations3.1: CBS
3.2: Charge!
3.3: Comet
OwnerSinclair Broadcast Group
(Sinclair Lewiston Licensee, LLC)
First air dateDecember 7, 1955 (63 years ago) (1955-12-07)
Call letters' meaningLEWiston
Former channel number(s)Analog:
3 (VHF, 1955–2009)
Former affiliationsABC (1955–1959, 1965–1970)
NBC (1955–1965)
both secondary
Transmitter power133 kW
Height349 m (1,145 ft)
Facility ID56032
Transmitter coordinates46°27′27″N 117°6′0″W / 46.45750°N 117.10000°W / 46.45750; -117.10000
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
semi-satellite of KIMA-TV,
Yakima, Washington) Profile

semi-satellite of KIMA-TV,
Yakima, Washington) CDBS

KLEW-TV, virtual channel 3 (UHF digital channel 32), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Lewiston, Idaho, United States, serving north-central Idaho and southeastern Washington, including nearby Pullman, as well as Wallowa County, Oregon. The station is owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. KLEW's studios are located on 17th Street in Lewiston, and its transmitter is located near Clarkston, Washington.

Though identifying as a station in its own right, KLEW-TV is a semi-satellite of KIMA-TV (channel 29) in Yakima, which operates another semi-satellite, KEPR-TV (channel 19) in Tri-Cities, Washington. KLEW and KEPR repeat KIMA most of the day, though they produce their own weeknight newscasts, air separate legal identifications and commercial inserts, and have their own websites. Master control and some internal operations are based at KOMO Plaza (formerly Fisher Plaza) in Seattle.

KLEW is carried alongside KREM (channel 2, owned by Tegna Inc.) on Dish Network and DirecTV throughout the Spokane television market.


KLEW-TV signed on the air December 7, 1955 under the ownership of Cascade Broadcasting. It has always been a CBS affiliate; however, as a satellite of KIMA-TV, it also carried some programming from ABC and NBC in its early years.[1] The station's original studio facilities were located on Idaho Street in Lewiston.

Filmways agreed to purchase Cascade Broadcasting for $3 million in 1968;[2] the sale was approved the following year.[3] Filmways sold KLEW-TV, KIMA-TV, and KEPR-TV to NWG Broadcasting for $1 million in 1972.[4] In 1977, KLEW moved from its original studios on Idaho Street to its current location on 17th Street.

KLEW logo used until 2008; some newscast graphics continued to use this logo for a time afterward.

Retlaw Enterprises acquired the NWG stations, including KLEW-TV, for $17 million in 1986;[5] the stations were operated as part of the Retlaw Broadcasting division.[6] Fisher Companies (later known as Fisher Communications) agreed to purchase the Retlaw stations for $215 million on November 19, 1998,[7] a deal that was completed in July 1999.[8] On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its properties to the Sinclair Broadcast Group;[9] the deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[10]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming [11]
3.1 1080i 16:9 KLEW-DT Main KLEW-TV programming / CBS
3.2 480i 4:3 Grit Charge!
3.3 Comet Comet TV


KLEW-TV airs local newscasts weeknights at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m., local news cut-ins during the weekday edition of CBS This Morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., that includes a short 5-minute interview segment called Northwest Morning, and simulcasts sister station KIMA-TV's 5:00 and 6:30 a.m. newscasts, as KLEW does not have morning, midday or weekend newscasts.


  1. ^ Telecasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1957–58 (PDF). 1957. p. 99. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Filmways gets Cascade TV's for $3 million" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 30, 1968. p. 57. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Filmways spreads wings in TV" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 28, 1969. p. 32. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. July 3, 1972. pp. 22–3. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. October 27, 1986. p. 116. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  6. ^ Peltz, James F. (October 2, 1990). "The Wonderful World of Disney's Other Firm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "Fisher to pay Retlaw $215 million for 11 TV stations". The New York Times. November 20, 1998. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "Fisher Companies Inc. Acquires the Eleven Television Stations of Retlaw Broadcasting L.L.C." (Press release). Seattle: Fisher Companies. Business Wire. July 2, 1999. Retrieved June 8, 2016 – via The Free Library.
  9. ^ Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.rabbitears.info/market.php?request=station_search&callsign=KLEW#station

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