KSVT-LD

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KSVT-LD
KSVT14.png
Twin Falls/Sun Valley, Idaho
United States
City Twin Falls, Idaho
Branding KSVT Fox 14 (general)
Idaho's First News (newscasts)
Slogan Southern Idaho's News Source
Channels Digital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 14 (PSIP)
Subchannels 14.1 Fox/MyNetworkTV
Translators KMVT-DT 11.3 (VHF) Twin Falls
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date 1997 (21 years ago) (1997)
Call letters' meaning Sun Valley Television[1]
Sister station(s) KMVT
Former callsigns K43FK (1997–2000)
KTWT-LP (2000–2012)
KTWT-LD (2012–2014)
Former channel number(s) 43 (UHF analog, 1997–2012)
Former affiliations Independent (1997–2004)
UPN (2004–2006)
The CW (2006–2012)
Transmitter power 15 kW
Height 186 m (610 ft)
Class LD
Facility ID 167735
Transmitter coordinates 42°43′47″N 114°24′55″W / 42.72972°N 114.41528°W / 42.72972; -114.41528
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS

KSVT-LD is a low-powered primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV-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 virtual and UHF channel 14 from a transmitter on Flat Top Butte in unincorporated Jerome County east of Jerome and U.S. 93. The station can also be seen on Cable ONE channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 475. Owned by Gray Television, KSVT is sister to CBS/CW affiliate KMVT (channel 11) and the two outlets share studios on Blue Lakes Boulevard North/U.S. 93 in Twin Falls.

History[edit]

Logo used from March until July 2012.

KSVT signed-on in 1997 as an independent station, K43FK. It became KTWT-LP in 2000. The station was a UPN affiliate from late 2004 (picking up the UPN affiliation from KIDA, channel 5) until September 2006 when UPN merged with The WB (which was seen on KWTE, via The WB 100+) to form The CW; that network was seen on KTWT (via The CW Plus) until 2012, when it switched to MyNetworkTV following the closure of sister station KTID-LP. CW programming remains available through the second digital subchannel of KMVT, which previously simulcast with KTWT. It had a construction permit for a low-power digital station on Channel 14 although LPTV stations are not required to broadcast digital signals.

KTWT joined Fox on July 1, 2012, replacing KXTF (channel 35); the station began broadcasting its digital signal at that time and branded as "Fox 14" (making it one of a handful of digital stations to brand using its physical channel as opposed to its former analog channel); MyNetworkTV programming is shown out-of-pattern weeknights at 10 p.m. KTWT was also added to a new third digital subchannel of KMVT.[2] On February 27, 2014, the station changed its call letters to KSVT-LD to reflect an increased emphasis on Blaine County and the Wood River Valley, including Sun Valley (from which the call letters are derived).[1]

On March 12, 2015, Gray Television announced that it would purchase KSVT-LD and KMVT from Neuhoff Communications for $17.5 million.[3] The sale was completed on July 1.[4]

Newscasts[edit]

With KTWT's transition to Fox affiliation, there was a significant expansion of the news operation of sister station KMVT. More specifically, the CBS affiliate began producing a half-hour extension of its morning newscast Rise and Shine that is seen weekdays at 7 a.m. on KSVT. In addition, this station added half-hour newscasts at 5 p.m. on weeknights only and every night at 9 p.m. The news broadcasts on KSVT utilize a separate news anchor on weeknights and feature more regional, national and international news of the day compared to the newscasts seen on KMVT. As with local newscasts on KMVT, daily newscasts seen on KSVT-LD are broadcast in high definition.[5] Concurrent with the relaunch as KSVT, Neuhoff Communications announced that the station will open a Wood River Valley bureau.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Neuhoff Communications of Twin Falls Expands Into Blaine County". KMVT.com. February 24, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (June 6, 2012). "Neuhoff's KTWT Snags Fox Affiliation in Idaho". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gray Buying Twin Falls Duopoly For $17.5M". TVNewsCheck. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Gray In 4 New Deals, Closes 3 Earlier Ones". TVNewsCheck. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Information About the New Fox 14

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