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CityPocatello, Idaho
  • Ventura Broadcasting
  • (Ventura Media Communications, LLC)
First air date
March 1, 2004 (20 years ago) (2004-03-01)
Former channel number(s)
Analog: 15 (UHF, 2004–2009)
Call sign meaning
Pocatello–Idaho Falls
Technical information[1]
Licensing authority
Facility ID86205
ERP288 kW
HAAT331.1 m (1,086 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°51′50.1″N 112°31′13.3″W / 42.863917°N 112.520361°W / 42.863917; -112.520361
Public license information
WebsiteOfficial website

KPIF (channel 15) is a television station licensed to Pocatello, Idaho, United States, serving the Idaho Falls–Pocatello media market as an affiliate of the digital multicast network Grit. It is owned by Ventura Broadcasting alongside Ion Television affiliate KVUI (channel 31, also licensed to Pocatello). The two stations share studios on West Alameda Road in Pocatello; KPIF's transmitter is located on Howard Mountain.


The original construction permit for KPIF was granted on March 2, 2001, to Pocatello Channel 15, L.L.C., a partnership between KM Communications, Inc. of Skokie, Illinois, Kaleidoscope Foundation, Inc. of Little Rock, Arkansas (a subsidiary of Equity Broadcasting Corporation), and Potelco Broadcasting of Greensboro, North Carolina. The three companies had been competing applicants for a channel 15 television station in Pocatello, and agreed in 2000 to form a partnership in order to expedite construction of the station.[citation needed] In 2003, due to irreconcilable differences that caused delays in development of the permit, Myoung Hwa Bae of KM Communications extended an offer to buy out the other two members.[citation needed] KM Communications completed construction of the station and signed on in March 2004 under Program Test Authority from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).[2] The station applied for a license to cover the construction permit on March 1, 2004, and was granted the license on October 11, 2006.

Initially, KPIF was affiliated with America One, but the station picked up a WB affiliation in July 2004. It became an affiliate of The CW on September 18, 2006. At one point, KBEO (channel 11) from Jackson, Wyoming (which was the first to sign on, on March 30, 2001) became a satellite of KPIF (KBEO has since gone dark).

After The CW moved to a digital subchannel of ABC affiliate KIFI-TV (channel 8) on September 7, 2009, the station switched to RTV (now Retro TV).

Technical information


The station's signal is multiplexed:

Subchannels of KPIF[3]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
15.1 720p 16:9 Grit Grit
15.2 480i Defy Defy TV
15.3 Laff Laff
15.4 Bounce Bounce TV
15.5 ThisTV This TV
15.6 CourtTV Court TV
15.7 Scripps Scripps News
15.8 QVC QVC
15.9 Antenna Antenna TV
15.10 Daystar Daystar
15.11 DSTRESP Daystar Espanol
15.12 Spree Infomercials
15.13 NewsNet NewsNet

As of November 2021, Grit moved from 15.2 to the main subchannel. A few other subchannels changed their affiliations too, including 15.2 (Heroes & Icons to Defy TV), 15.3 (Grit to TrueReal), 15.4 (Stadium to Bounce TV; the latter network previously aired on 15.4 from 2020 to June 2021), and 15.7 (Pursuit Channel to Newsy).

Analog-to-digital conversion

KPIF shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15, on June 12, 2009, and "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on UHF channel 15,[4][5] as they were granted original construction permits after the FCC finalized the DTV allotment plan on April 21, 1997.

While KPIF did broadcast a digital signal after the analog shutdown, it did not apply for a license to cover or an extension of the digital construction permit (which expired on June 12, 2009) until 2014. KPIF was granted a broadcast license for its digital signal on February 6, 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KPIF". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  2. ^ Federal Communications Commission Memorandum opinion and order, May 11, 2006
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPIF
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Final Digital TV (DTV) Channel Plan from FCC97-115
  6. ^ "Television Broadcast Station License" (PDF).