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CityIdaho Falls, Idaho
  • Local News 8
  • Eyewitness News 3 (on DT2)
  • East Idaho CW 8.3 (on DT3)
  • Local News 8 NOW (on DT4)
  • Telemundo East Idaho (on DT5)
First air date
January 1961 (63 years ago) (1961-01)[a]
Former call signs
KIFI (1961–1980)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog: 8 (VHF, 1961–2009)
  • Digital: 9 (VHF, until 2009)
  • NBC (1961–1996)
  • ABC (secondary, 1961–1974)
  • Telemundo (DT2, until 2021; now on DT5)
Call sign meaning
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Technical information[3]
Licensing authority
Facility ID66258
  • 464 m (1,522 ft)
  • 444 m (1,457 ft) (app)[1]
Transmitter coordinates
Translator(s)see § Translators
Public license information

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


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KIFI-TV went on the air in January 1961 as eastern Idaho's second television station. It was owned by the Brady family and the Post Company alongside the area's leading newspaper, The Post Register, and KIFI radio (AM 1260, now KNBL). It was a primary NBC affiliate, and shared a secondary ABC affiliation with then KID-TV. At 316,000 watts, KIFI was the most powerful television station in Idaho. In 1962, KIFI aired the first live remote basketball telecast in Idaho from Reed Gym at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

In 1965, KIFI was the first station in Idaho to install a color film chain (16mm and 35mm color slides). In 1968, KIFI broadcast the first live telecast from the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot with weatherman Lloyd Lindsey Young. In January 1996, KIFI-TV switched from NBC to ABC, swapping with longtime ABC affiliate KPVI (channel 6) after that station was sold to Sunbelt Broadcasting. Before the switch, NYPD Blue was not cleared at all in the Pocatello market, as KPVI opted to preempt it due to its vulgar language.

The Bradys sold off the radio station in 1963, but retained channel 8 until selling it to News-Press & Gazette in 2005. The station was branded as "Idaho 8" for a number of years, before being branded Local News 8 in early 1999, predating the Post-Newsweek Stations "Local" branding by one year. In 2008, KIFI launched "WiNG" (Wireless Internet Newsgathering), becoming the first station in the United States to execute live shots using WiMAX technology. In December 2010, it was announced that KIFI had entered into a shared services agreement with Fisher Communications-owned KIDK and would operate the CBS affiliate out of the KIFI facility.[4]

In December 2020, NPG bought the non-license assets of KIDK from VistaWest Media, a sister company of NPG that purchased KIDK in 2013. As part of the deal, on New Year's Day 2021, the KIDK intellectual unit moved to KIFI's second digital subchannel, with Telemundo moving to the fifth subchannel.

News operation

KIFI operates its news department out of its state of the art Idaho Falls facility, with a news bureau in Pocatello on Yellowstone Avenue. KIFI is the most watched television station in the market. On March 1, 2009, KIFI became the area's first television station to upgrade local newscast production to high definition. As a result of the SSA between KIFI and KIDK, the latter consolidated its news department into KIFI's studios. KIFI then began producing all of KIDK's newscasts (including a nightly prime time show seen on KXPI). KIFI modified its studios in 2021 with state of the art LED monitors and an entirely new HD set.

KIDK modified its local news schedule in order to reduce opportunities for direct competition with KIFI and because the station only has one studio. 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 broadcast in the time slot. 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. That station 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, KIFI and KIDK have separate graphic schemes and news music packages. The two maintain primary personalities during the week (such as news anchors) that only appear on one channel. The primary anchors will appear on competing stations during major breaking news simulcasts, like the 2012 Charlotte Fire. 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. Like all CW Plus stations, KIFI-DT3 aired the nationally syndicated morning show The Daily Buzz on weekdays until its cancellation on April 15, 2015.[citation needed]

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KIFI-TV[5]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
8.1 720p 16:9 KIFI ABC
8.2 1080i CBS CBS
8.3 480i CW The CW Plus
8.4 Now Local News 8 NOW
8.5 Telemun Telemundo

On September 7, 2009, KIFI added The CW on its third digital subchannel. On January 1, 2021, KIFI added CBS on its second digital subchannel and moved Telemundo to its fifth subchannel.

Analog-to-digital conversion

KIFI-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, 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 relocated from its pre-transition VHF channel 9 to channel 8 for post-transition operations.[6][7]



  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says January 21, while the Television and Cable Factbook says January 23.


  1. ^ a b c d "Channel Substitution/Community of License Change". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission. June 15, 2023. Retrieved June 15, 2023.
  2. ^ "Report & Order", Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, November 7, 2023, Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  3. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KIFI-TV". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  4. ^ KIDK-KIFI SSA Deal To Cost 27 Jobs, TVNewsCheck, December 9, 2010
  5. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KIFI
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Local News 8 Operating Analog Signal Until June 12, KIFI-TV, February 4, 2009