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PocatelloIdaho Falls, Idaho
United States
CityPocatello, Idaho
SloganNews That Works For You
ChannelsDigital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Affiliations6.1: NBC (1996–present)
6.2: Decades
6.3: Movies!
OwnerCox Media Group[1][2]
(Idaho Broadcast Partners LLC)
First air dateApril 26, 1974 (45 years ago) (1974-04-26)
Call letters' meaningPocatello
VI = Roman numeral 6
Former callsignsKPVI (1974–2009)
Former channel number(s)Analog:
6 (VHF, 1974–2009)
Former affiliationsAnalog/DT1:
ABC (1974–1996)
UPN (secondary, 1995–1996)
NBC Weather Plus
Transmitter power505 kW
Height398.4 m (1,307 ft)
Facility ID1270
Transmitter coordinates42°55′12.5″N 112°20′47.6″W / 42.920139°N 112.346556°W / 42.920139; -112.346556Coordinates: 42°55′12.5″N 112°20′47.6″W / 42.920139°N 112.346556°W / 42.920139; -112.346556
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile

KPVI-DT, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 23), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Pocatello, Idaho, United States and also serving Idaho Falls. The station is owned by Atlanta-based Cox Media Group. KPVI-DT's studios are located on East Sherman Street in downtown Pocatello. Its transmitter is located on a mountain top about four miles (6.4 km) east-northeast of the Pocatello city limits; this location was chosen because of possible interference from KIVI-TV in Boise, which also broadcast its analog signal on channel 6. At one time, KPVI and KIVI were sister stations (hence the Roman numerals) with the same affiliation (ABC, until 1996). KPVI broadcast its analog signal at 100 kW.


KPVI signed on April 26, 1974 as an ABC affiliate. It was originally owned by Eastern Idaho Television Corporation, which also owned sister station KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho. Previously, ABC had been carried on a shared basis by both CBS affiliate KID-TV (channel 3, now KIDK) and NBC affiliate KIFI-TV. Idaho Television Company sold both KPVI and sister station KIVI to Futura Titanium Corporation in 1977. Futura sold the station to Ambassador Media in 1983. In early 1995, KPVI became a secondary affiliate of UPN; it cleared the network's highest-rated program, Star Trek: Voyager, as a replacement for NYPD Blue, which was deemed to be too vulgar for airing in the Pocatello market. In November 1995, Sunbelt Communications Company, now known as Intermountain West Communications Company (owner of NBC stations KVBC (now KSNV-DT) in Las Vegas, KRNV in Reno and KYMA in Yuma, Arizona) purchased KPVI and satellite stations KJVI in Jackson, Wyoming (now WDPN-TV in Wilmington, Delaware) and KKVI (now KXTF) in Twin Falls.

The three stations remained with ABC until January 1996 when KPVI and KJVI switched to NBC, swapping affiliations with KIFI.[3] Since NBC programming in Twin Falls was provided by Boise NBC affiliate KTVB via translator, KKVI (which had served as a secondary affiliate of Fox since its 1989 sign-on) dropped its affiliation with ABC and became a full Fox affiliate. As a result, the secondary UPN affiliation that KPVI carried was moved to KIDK, where it would remain until KXPI-LP signed on in 2001. KJVI, which became KJWY several months later, remained a semi-satellite of KPVI until it was sold to PMCM TV, LLC in 2009. As a result of the sale to Sunbelt, the station moved in the mid-1990s from a smaller downtown facility to a newly remodeled facility on East Sherman Street. Saturday Night Live star Molly Shannon was the guest of honor at the official grand opening of the facility.

Intermountain West Communications Company reached a deal to sell KPVI and KXTF to Idaho Broadcast Partners in June 2013; Idaho Broadcast Partners is a subsidiary of Frontier Radio Management.[4][5] The sale was completed on May 13, 2014.[6]

On January 29, 2016, Frontier Radio Management sold Idaho Broadcast Partners to NBI Holdings, LLC,[7] which owns Northwest Broadcasting.[8] The sale was completed on March 24.[9]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[10]
6.1 1080i 16:9 KPVI-HD Main KPVI-DT programming / NBC
6.2 480i 4:3 Decades Decades
6.3 Movies Movies!

On January 1, 2012, Antenna TV replaced Universal Sports when it ceased to be available to over-the-air broadcast stations in order to become a cable and satellite-only channel.[11]

On January 13, 2016, Decades replaced Antenna TV.[12]

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPVI shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 6, 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 23.[13][14] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 6.

News operation[edit]

Due to an ailing economy in January 2011, KPVI announced significant layoffs affecting people in every department at the station, including twelve members of the station's news department. In addition to personnel cuts, the station also eliminated all weekend newscasts. The announcement of layoffs came nearly a week after former news director and main anchor, Brenda Baumgartner, announced her resignation. Baumgartner's co-anchor and assistant news director, Todd Blackinton took over as the new news director at the station. The changes at KPVI came less than a month after CBS affiliate KIDK said they would lay off 27 of its 43 employees as they entered a staff-sharing agreement with ABC affiliate KIFI-TV.

KPVI produced KPVI on Fox News at 9, a weeknight 9 p.m. newscast seen on local Fox affiliate KFXP and its sister station, KXTF in Twin Falls. However, the newscast was discontinued on July 1, 2012, when KFXP and KXTF's Fox affiliations ended.[15][16] The news broadcast for KFXP moved to 5:30 pm effective on Monday, July 2, 2012.


KPVI's network of 23 translators covers eastern Idaho, a portion of western Wyoming, and also West Yellowstone, Montana.

These translators are either owned and operated by KPVI or by local governments or television associations.


  1. ^ "Apollo Global Management Acquires Cox's Television Stations Plus Radio & Newspapers In Dayton". RadioInsight. February 15, 2019. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Jessell, Harry A. (March 6, 2019). "Cox TV Valued At $3.1 Billion In Apollo Acquisition". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Menser, Paul. "KIFI PLANS SWITCH TO ABC PROGRAMMING". Post Register. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ Seyler, Dave (June 14, 2013). "Intermountain sells two more TVs". Television Business Report. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or Licensse". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  6. ^ Consummation Notice CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  7. ^ Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission
  8. ^ Ownership Report for Commercial Broadcast Stations - Federal Communications Commission
  9. ^ Consummation Notice, CDBS Public Access, Federal Communications Commission, Retrieved 25 March, 2016.
  10. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPVI
  11. ^ "Antenna TV Affiliation Map". Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Decades Comes to Eastern Idaho". KPVI-DT. January 13, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Eastern Idaho to Lose Fox Network Affiliate". KPVI News 6. May 17, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Malone, Michael (May 22, 2012). "KTXF Staffers Moving on After Fox Split". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved May 22, 2012.

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