KPIF

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KPIF
PocatelloIdaho Falls, Idaho
United States
CityPocatello, Idaho
BrandingMeTV Idaho Falls
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 15 (PSIP)
Subchannels15.1 MeTV
15.2 Heroes & Icons
15.3 Grit
15.4 Stadium
15.5 Tuff TV
15.6 JTV
15.7 Pursuit
15.8 QVC
15.9 Justice
15.10 Daystar
AffiliationsMeTV (2017–present)
OwnerVentura Broadcasting
(Ventura Media Communications, LLC)
First air dateMarch 1, 2004 (14 years ago) (2004-03-01)
Call letters' meaningPocatello
Idaho Falls
Sister station(s)KVUI
Former channel number(s)Analog:
15 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Former affiliationsAmerica One (2004)
The WB (2004–2006)
The CW (2006–2009)
Retro TV (2009–2011, 2014–2017)
Dark (2011–2014)
Transmitter power239 kW
Height327 m (1,073 ft)
Facility ID86205
Transmitter coordinates42°51′50.1″N 112°31′13.3″W / 42.863917°N 112.520361°W / 42.863917; -112.520361
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information:Profile
CDBS

KPIF, virtual and UHF digital channel 15, is an MeTV-affiliated television station licensed to Pocatello, Idaho, United States and also serving Idaho Falls. The station is owned by Ventura Broadcasting, as part of a duopoly with Ion Television affiliate KVUI (channel 31, also licensed to Pocatello). KPIF's transmitter is located on Howard Mountain near Pocatello.

History[edit]

The original construction permit for KPIF was granted on March 2, 2001, to Pocatello Channel 15, L.L.C., a partnership between KM Communications, Inc. of Skokie, Illinois, Kaleidoscope Foundation, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas (a subsidiary of Equity Broadcasting Corporation), and Potelco Broadcasting of Greensboro, North Carolina. The three companies had been competing applicants for a channel 15 television station in Pocatello, and agreed in 2000 to form a partnership in order to expedite construction of the station.[1] In 2003, due to irreconcilable differences that caused delays in development of the permit, Myoung Hwa Bae of KM Communications extended an offer to buy out the other two members.[2] KM Communications completed construction of the station and signed on in March 2004 under Program Test Authority from the FCC.[3] The station applied for a license to cover the construction permit on March 1, 2004, and was granted the license on October 11, 2006.

Initially, KPIF was affiliated with America One, but the station picked up a WB affiliation a few months later. It became an affiliate of The CW on September 18, 2006. At one point, KBEO of Jackson, Wyoming (which was the first to sign on, on March 30, 2001) became a satellite of KPIF (KBEO has since gone dark).

After The CW moved to a digital subchannel of KIFI-TV on September 7, 2009, the stations switched to RTV.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
15.1 480i 4:3 ME-TV MeTV
15.2 HI Heroes & Icons
15.3 GRIT-TV Grit
15.4 STADIUM Stadium
15.5 TUFF-TV Tuff TV
15.6 JTV JTV
15.7 PURSUIT Pursuit Channel
15.8 QVC QVC
15.9 JUSTICE Justice Network
15.10 DAYSTAR Daystar

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPIF shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 15,[5][6] as they were granted original construction permits after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.

While KPIF did broadcast a digital signal after the analog shutdown, it did not apply for a license to cover or an extension of the digital construction permit (which expired on June 12, 2009) until 2014. KPIF was granted a broadcast license for its digital signal on February 6, 2016.[7]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Settlement and merger agreement among KM, Potelco and Kaleidoscope[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Letter from Myoung Hwa Bae offering buy-out[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Federal Communications Commission Memorandum opinion and order, May 11, 2006
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPIF
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  6. ^ http://www.transmitter.com Final Digital TV (DTV) Channel Plan from FCC97-115
  7. ^ "Television Broadcast Station License" (PDF).