KSAW-LD

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KSAW-LD
(semi-satellite of KIVI-TV
Boise, Idaho)
KSAW-LP Logo.png
Twin Falls, Idaho
Branding KSAW Channel 51
Today's 6 News
Slogan On Your Side
Channels Digital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 51 (PSIP)
Subchannels 51.1 ABC
51.2 Laff
Translators 29 K29GV-D Hagerman
Owner E. W. Scripps Company
(Journal Broadcast Corporation)
First air date January 28, 1985
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)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 169 m
Class LD
Facility ID 59256
Transmitter coordinates 42°43′46.0″N 114°24′53.0″W / 42.729444°N 114.414722°W / 42.729444; -114.414722 (KSAW-LD)

KSAW-LD is the low-powered ABC-affiliated television station for Idaho's Magic Valley. Licensed to Twin Falls, it broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on UHF channel 51 from a transmitter east of Jerome. The station can also be seen on Cable One channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 455. Owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, KSAW has 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).

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, though with some programming carried on KSAW at different times. This outlet also airs separate legal identifications and commercials inserts that target the Magic Valley. Master control and most other internal operations originate from KIVI's studios on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa (along I-84/U.S. 30/SH-55).

KSAW's digital signal does not simulcast KIVI's two digital subchannels (carrying Untamed Sports TV and The Nashville Network) and neither one is carried on the Cable ONE system in Twin Falls. It 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 forth network was previously seen on that station off-hours in a secondary nature. Due to the network changes in Twin Falls, KIVI's owner purchased this station 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.[1] The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014. It was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015. It is slated to close on April 1.

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glauber, Bill (July 30, 2014). "Journal, Scripps deal announced". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 

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