CityIdaho Falls, Idaho
  • Dabl
  • Fox 5 (on DT2)
OwnerVistaWest Media, LLC
OperatorNews-Press & Gazette Company
First air date
December 20, 1953 (70 years ago) (1953-12-20)
Former call signs
KID-TV (1953–1984)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 3 (VHF, 1953–2009)
  • CBS (1953–2021)
  • DuMont (secondary, 1953–1955)[1]
  • NBC (secondary, 1953–1961)
  • ABC (secondary, 1953–1974)
  • Fox (secondary, 1994–1998)
  • UPN (secondary, 1996–2003)
Call sign meaning
Idaho (former call sign) with extra "K"
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
Facility ID56028
ERP200 kW
HAAT458 m (1,503 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°29′51″N 112°39′53″W / 43.49750°N 112.66472°W / 43.49750; -112.66472
Public license information

KIDK (channel 3) is a television station licensed to Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States, serving the Idaho Falls–Pocatello market as an affiliate of Dabl, Fox, and MyNetworkTV. It is owned by VistaWest Media, LLC, which maintains a shared services agreement (SSA) with the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG), owner of ABC/CBS/CW+/Telemundo affiliate KIFI-TV (channel 8, also licensed to Idaho Falls), for the provision of certain services. The two stations share studios on North Yellowstone Highway/US 26 in Idaho Falls; KIDK's transmitter is located on East Butte in unincorporated northern Bingham County along the Idaho National Laboratory border.

KIDK's signal is relayed on low-power translator KXPI-LD (channel 34, owned by NPG outright alongside KIFI-TV) in Pocatello, with transmitter on Howard Mountain in unincorporated Bannock County west of downtown Pocatello.


Its logo prior to 2007.

The station was founded on December 20, 1953, as KID-TV, co-owned with KID radio (590 AM and 96.1 FM, the latter station is now KWFI-FM). The station has been a primary affiliate of CBS since its debut, but carried secondary affiliations with the DuMont Television Network until its 1955 shutdown, NBC until 1961 (moving to KIFI-TV thereafter until swapping affiliations with KPVI in 1996) and ABC until 1974 when KPVI became a primary affiliate of the network upon that station's sign on. KID-TV amended its call sign to KIDK on December 18, 1984, when the radio stations were sold due to an FCC rule in place at the time that prohibited TV and radio stations in the same market, but with different ownership from sharing the same call letters.

After dropping its secondary NBC affiliation, KIDK had an exclusive affiliation with CBS until September 1994, when it began to carry a secondary affiliation with Fox, carrying some of the network's shows in late fringe hours. This allowed the station to continue airing NFL football, which moved to Fox during the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment; it still carries Fox programming today through its second subchannel along with programming from the MyNetworkTV service. In 1996, KIDK agreed to carry UPN as a third affiliation (KPID-LP, now KXPI-LD, affiliated with the network when it debuted in June 2001; however, KIDK continued its secondary affiliation with the network until 2003). Star Trek: Voyager, the highest-rated UPN program, was cleared in the market on KPVI as station management replaced NYPD Blue, feeling it was too vulgar for local market standards. NYPD Blue aired in its scheduled timeslot on KIFI once it became affiliated with ABC.[3]

On December 9, 2010, Fisher Communications announced that it had entered into a shared services arrangement with News-Press & Gazette Company–owned ABC affiliate KIFI-TV, under which KIDK would be run out of the KIFI facility and 27 KIDK staffers would be laid off. The move placed KIDK under the co-management of the station that accepted the ABC and NBC affiliations that KIDK formerly carried in the same secondary capacity prior to becoming an exclusive CBS affiliate.[4] The transaction was completed on January 1, 2011.[5]

On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[6] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[7] Shortly beforehand, a deal was reached to sell KIDK and KXPI to VistaWest Media, LLC, a company based in St. Joseph, Missouri (where NPG is also based); the stations would remain operated by NPG under a shared services agreement.[8] The sale was finalized on November 29.[9]

In December 2020, NPG acquired KIDK's non-license assets from VistaWest. As a result, the KIDK intellectual unit moved to KIFI's second digital channel, with Dabl taking over KIDK's main channel. KIDK's operations remained largely unchanged, though over-the-air viewers were asked to rescan their sets in order to continue watching CBS.[10]

News operation

As a result of the SSA between KIDK and KIFI, the former consolidated its news department into KIFI's studios. KIFI then began producing all of KIDK's newscasts. KIDK modified its local news schedule in order to reduce opportunities for direct competition with KIFI. More specifically, KIDK dropped its weekday morning show in favor of CBS Morning News repeats making that station one of a few in the United States that does not provide a local news broadcast in the time slot.

Its separate newscasts airing weeknights at 5 and 6 on KIDK were dropped in favor of one seen at 5:30 while KIFI airs ABC World News Tonight. KIDK provides the CBS Evening News at 5 preceding its local show. KIDK still offers a separate broadcast weeknights at 10 that does compete with KIFI. All local news programming produced for KIDK originates from KIFI's primary set except with modified studio elements, such as duratrans and on-screen graphics, indicating the specific channel airing news.

In order to maintain individual on-air identities and branding, KIDK and KIFI have separate graphic schemes and news music packages. The two maintain primary weeknight personalities (such as news anchors) that only appear on one channel. On weekends, KIFI offers its own early evening newscast at 5 while KIDK follows at 5:30. The two television outlets simulcast together at 10 although the broadcast can be delayed or preempted on one channel due to network obligations.

KIDK airs a nightly prime time newscast on its Fox subchannel known as Channel 3 Eyewitness News at 9 on Fox 5. The show can be seen for 35 minutes on weeknights and a half-hour on weekends. Prior to the SSA formulation with KIFI, KIDK-DT2 also rebroadcast KIDK's weekday morning show at 7.[11][12] KIFI now produces KIDK-DT2's newscast as a result of the SSA. It competed with another local newscast seen weeknights at 9 on KFXP (that was produced by rival NBC affiliate KPVI-DT, channel 6). However, that thirty-minute show was discontinued on June 30, 2012, as KFXP lost its Fox affiliation a day before KXPI affiliated with the network.[citation needed]

Notable former on-air staff

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KIDK[14] and KXPI-LD[15]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
3.1 480i 16:9 DABL Dabl
3.2 720p FoxKXPI Fox

Analog-to-digital conversion

KIDK shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 3, on June 12, 2009, the official date on 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 36,[16] using virtual channel 3.


In addition to KXPI-LD, KIDK has several translators serving parts of Eastern and Central Idaho, and parts of Western Wyoming.


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  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KIDK". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ Menser, Paul. "KIFI PLANS SWITCH TO ABC PROGRAMMING". Post Register. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  4. ^ KIDK-KIFI SSA Deal To Cost 27 Jobs, TVNewsCheck, December 9, 2010.
  5. ^ KIFI and KIDK enter staff-sharing agreement, Post Register, December 8, 2010.
  6. ^ Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  7. ^ "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
  8. ^ "Application For Consent To Assignment Of Broadcast Station Construction Permit Or License". FCC. Retrieved July 22, 2013.
  9. ^ "CDBS Print".
  10. ^ "How to find Eyewitness News 3". NPG of Idaho, Inc. December 29, 2020. Retrieved January 2, 2021.
  11. ^ "KIDK Programming Note". January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Another News Operation Bites The Dust, TVNewsCheck, January 3, 2011.
  13. ^ "Nadine Woodward LinkedIn". Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  14. ^ "RabbitEars query for KIDK". Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  15. ^ "RabbitEars query for KXPI". Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  16. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2012.