KSAW-LD

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KSAW-LD
(semi-satellite of KIVI-TV
Nampa/Boise, Idaho)
KSAW-LP Logo.png
Twin Falls, Idaho
United States
Branding KSAW ABC 6 (general)
6 On Your Side (newscasts)
(pronounced as "K-SAW")
Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 6.1 ABC
6.2 Laff
6.3 Escape
6.4 Grit
Translators 29 K29GV-D Hagerman
Owner E. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
First air date January 28, 1985
Call letters' meaning The word SAW
(Randomly assigned by the FCC)
Sister station(s) KIVI, KNIN-TV, KTHI-FM, KRVB-FM, KQXR-FM, KJOT-FM
Former callsigns K27AO (1985–1987)
K68CO (1987–1996)
KSAW-LP (1996–2009)
Former channel number(s) 27 (UHF analog, 1985–1987)
68 (UHF analog, 1987–1996)
51 (UHF analog, 1996–2009)
51 (PSIP digital, –2015)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 169 m (554 ft)
Class LD
Facility ID 59256
Transmitter coordinates 42°43′45.9″N 114°24′56.5″W / 42.729417°N 114.415694°W / 42.729417; -114.415694 (KSAW-LD)

KSAW-LD is a low-powered ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho, United States and serving Southern Idaho's Magic Valley. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 15 (or virtual channel 6 via PSIP) from a transmitter on Flat Top Butte near Jerome, Idaho. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, KSAW maintains an advertising sales office in the Blue Lakes Office Park on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls (housed in the same building as the local offices of NBC outlet KTFT-LD). On cable, the station is carried on Cable One channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 455.

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, KSAW is actually considered a semi-satellite of KIVI-TV in Boise. It clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but some of the non-network fare airs at a different time on KSAW. There are also some programs that only air on KSAW while some only air on KIVI.[1][2] KSAW also airs separate legal identifications and commercial inserts targeting the Magic Valley. Master control and most other internal operations are based at KIVI's studios on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa (along I-84/U.S. 30/SH-55).

KSAW's digital signal simulcasts KIVI's two digital subchannels (carrying Laff and Escape), however, neither one is carried on the Cable One system in Twin Falls. KSAW operates a low-powered digital translator of its own, K29GV-D (channel 29) in Hagerman. This airs from a transmitter northwest of the town on a ridge along the Snake River.

History[edit]

KKVI in Twin Falls was the Magic Valley's original ABC affiliate through its status as a full-powered satellite of KPVI in Pocatello. In January 1996, the parent station switched affiliations to NBC. Since that network was already seen in Twin Falls through KTFT (a low-powered semi-satellite of KTVB), KKVI became the area's first full-time Fox affiliate and switched its call sign to KXTF. The fourth television network was previously seen on that station during off-hours in a secondary nature. Due to the network affiliation changes in Twin Falls, KIVI's owner purchased KSAW and turned it into a low-powered semi-satellite.

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm will retain their broadcast properties, including KSAW, and spin off their print assets as Journal Media Group.[3] The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014. It was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015. It closed on April 1. Afterwards, Scripps made the decision to discontinue KSAW-LD's separate branding and switched it to the same "ABC 6" branding as KIVI, along with the channel 6 virtual channel via PSIP.

KSAW currently simulcasts all local news programs from KIVI except weeknights at 6. During the broadcasts, most coverage presented focuses on the greater Boise area although regional forecasts geared toward the Magic Valley are included in KIVI's weather segments. On June 23, 2017, the station switched to the current Scripps graphics and the "Inergy" news theme to match other Scripps stations.

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
6.1 720p 16:9 KSAW-DT Main KSAW-LD programming / ABC
6.2 480i 4:3 Laff
6.3 Escape
6.4 Grit

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