|Channels||Digital: 13 (VHF)
Virtual: 12 (PSIP)
|Subchannels||12.1 Ion Television
12.4 Ion Life
12.5 Ion Shop
|Affiliations||Ion Television (2016–present)|
(Idaho Independent Television, Inc.)
|First air date||October 18, 1981|
|Call letters' meaning||TReasure Valley|
|Former callsigns||KTRV (1981–2006)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
12 (VHF, 1981–2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1981–1986, 2011–2012)
|Transmitter power||17 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KTRV-TV is the Ion Television affiliate for Idaho's Treasure Valley licensed to Nampa. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 13 (or virtual channel 12.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at the Bogus Basin ski area summit in unincorporated Boise County. Owned by Block Communications, KTRV has studios in Nampa at the corner of 6th Street North and Northside/Nampa Boulevard.
The station signed-on October 18, 1981, airing an analog signal on VHF channel 12. It was the first independent station in Idaho, and featured programming offerings consisting primarily of syndicated talk and children shows in the day and movies in the evenings. It was originally owned by Peyton Broadcasting. Peyton sold the station to current owner Block Communications in 1985. The station became a Fox affiliate when the network launched in 1986. It added the -TV suffix to its calls on July 10, 2006. On February 6, 2009, KTRV added MyNetworkTV and This TV to a new second and third digital subchannels. Until this point, there were no affiliates of either network in Boise. KTRV-DT2 was not added to Cable One systems until almost a year later on January 11, 2010.
On September 1, 2011, KTRV's affiliation agreement with Fox expired after which the network moved to CW outlet KNIN-TV (owned by the Journal Broadcast Group as part of a duopoly with ABC affiliate KIVI-TV). On September 12 of the same year, The CW Plus (seen on KNIN-DT2 and Cable One systems) moved to low-powered Retro Television Network (RTV) affiliate KYUU-LP that can also seen on a second digital subchannel of CBS affiliate KBOI-TV (both are owned by Fisher Communications in another duopoly).
As a result of these changes, KTRV reverted to independent status. With the switch, Boise became one of the only few television markets in the United States with only four out of the six broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) having primary affiliations in a market containing five full-power commercial stations and the remaining two (The CW and the MyNetworkTV program service) as digital multicast channels.
Its weeknight prime time programming lineup as an independent began on September 19 with a double run of 30 Rock at 7 and Law & Order: Criminal Intent at 8. KTRV maintains a schedule similar to other stations not affiliated with a big three network or Fox. In an attempt to keep programming options fresh, KTRV planned to rotate its lineup every five or six months as do networks. In addition, KTRV became heavily involved in the airing of live local sports to cover the Treasure Valley's three minor league franchises. KTRV-DT2's MyNetworkTV affiliation initially remained on 12.2, which also added MeTV programming.
By October 2011, This TV moved to a new third digital subchannel of KTRV and presumably a new channel location on Cable One systems. The last Fox program to air on this station was Buried Treasure. KTRV moved MyNetworkTV to its primary channel on January 23, 2012, leaving 12.2 as a full MeTV affiliate. This left Boise as one of the only markets where five of the six largest networks are carried as primary affiliations plus a sixth (The CW) on a digital subchannel in a market with five commercially-licensed full-service television stations—a situation similar to what had existed in the Boise market prior to Fox switching its affiliation from KTRV to KNIN less than five months earlier. On September 6, 2014, KTRV-TV discontinued the This TV affiliation on 12.3 and replaced it with Movies! becoming the first TV station in the area to broadcast that network.
On September 1, 2016, KTRV joined Ion Television as an affiliate. The station had announced on August 31 that it would become an Ion affiliate by October 1; in the announcement, Block Communications chairman Allan Block said that "the timing was right to move to a more immersive network." While MyNetworkTV programming initially continued to air in prime time as a secondary affiliation, it was removed in early 2017. On March 2, 2017, MeTV was moved to KNIN-TV 9.2, replacing Heroes & Icons, which moved to KRID-LD 22.3, replacing Boise TV, which moved to KRID-LD 22.9.
The station's digital channel is multiplexed:
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KTRV-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 12, 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 VHF channel 13. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 12.
In May 1999, the station established a news department and began airing a nightly newscast called Fox 12 News at 9. The success of that broadcast prompted KTRV to launch a weekday morning show under the name This Morning in April 2007. This was originally seen for two hours from 6 until 8 and simulcasted on KTRV-DT2. On January 11, 2010, the station added a weeknight newscast called News Edge at 10. The show competes with local news seen on Boise's big three affiliates and prior to September 5, 2011, was also simulcasted on KTRV-DT2. With the change back to independent status, KTRV added an hour to 12 News This Morning. Accordingly, with those additions, the station's eighteen member news department was planned to expand by six people. On December 5, 2011, KTRV announced it was dissolving its news department, due to Block's reorganization of the station.
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