KSAW-LD
Semi-satellite of KIVI-TV,
Nampa/Boise, Idaho
Twin Falls/Burley, Idaho
United States
CityTwin Falls, Idaho
ChannelsDigital: 15 (UHF)
Virtual: 6 (PSIP)
BrandingIdaho News 6
SloganOn Air, Online, On Mobile
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
KIVI-TV, KNIN-TV
History
First air date
January 28, 1985; 36 years ago (1985-01-28)
Former call signs
  • K27AO (1985–1989)
  • K68CO (1989–1996)
  • KSAW-LP (1996–2009)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 27 (UHF, 1985–1989)
  • 68 (UHF, 1989–2000)
  • 52 (UHF, 2000–2005)
  • 51 (UHF, 2005–2009)
  • Virtual:
  • 51 (PSIP, until 2015)
Call sign meaning
SAWtooth Communications
(former owner of KIVI)
Technical information
Facility ID59256
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT169 m (554 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°43′45.9″N 114°24′56.5″W / 42.729417°N 114.415694°W / 42.729417; -114.415694 (KSAW-LD)
Translator(s)29 K29GV-D Hagerman/Gooding
Links
WebsiteKSAW ABC 6

KSAW-LD, virtual channel 6 (UHF digital channel 15), is a low-powered ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho, United States and serving Southern Idaho's Magic Valley. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. KSAW's advertising sales office is located in the Blue Lakes Office Park on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls (housed in the same building as the sales office of NBC outlet KTFT-LD), and its transmitter is located on Flat Top Butte near Jerome, Idaho. On cable, the station is available on Cable One channel 3 and in high definition on digital channel 455.

Although identifying as a separate station in its own right, KSAW-LD is considered a semi-satellite of Nampa-licensed KIVI-TV (channel 6), which serves the Boise market. KSAW clears all network programming as provided through its parent and simulcasts some of KIVI's newscasts, but airs a separate offering of syndicated programming; there are also separate evening newscasts originating from KIVI's studios, as well as separate station identifications and commercial inserts targeting the Magic Valley. KSAW's master control, as well as most internal operations, are housed at the shared studios of KIVI and SSA partner KNIN-TV (channel 9, owned by Gray Television) on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa (along I-84/US 30/SH-55). There is no separate website for KSAW-LD; instead, it is integrated with that of parent station KIVI-TV.

KSAW-LD's signal simulcasts three of KIVI's digital subchannels (carrying Laff, Court TV Mystery and Court TV); however, none of them are carried on the Cable One system in Twin Falls. KSAW operates a low-powered digital translator of its own, K29GV-D (channel 29) in Hagerman, with transmitter northwest of the town on a ridge along the Snake River.

History

In 1985, KIVI established K27AO, a 100-watt channel 27 translator, to serve viewers in the Magic Valley.[1] In June 1989, this translator was upgraded to 1,000 watts on channel 68 as K68CO.[2] That same year, KKVI channel 35 began operating as a semi-satellite of KPVI in Pocatello, creating a full-power ABC affiliate in the Twin Falls area. Beginning on January 1, 1990, KKVI held syndication exclusivity priority over KIVI on Twin Falls cable systems for ABC programs the two stations aired at the same time.[3] The next year, King Videocable, the main cable system in the Twin Falls market, moved KIVI from its channel 6 position to share channel 30 with the Home Shopping Network and placed KKVI on channel 6.[4]

In 1995, an affiliation switch hit the Pocatello–Idaho Falls market. KIFI-TV affiliated with ABC, and KPVI became an NBC affiliate. NBC was already seen in Twin Falls by way of KTFT, a low-power semi-satellite of KTVB in Boise. KKVI, which had already been a secondary Fox outlet,[5] then became the market's Fox affiliate in January 1996; at that time, KIVI returned to full-time carriage on Twin Falls cable systems.[6] On August 28, 1996, K68CO became KSAW-LP, at which time it also began airing separate commercials from KIVI.[7]

In 2000, with the phasing out of channels 60 to 69 from television use, KSAW moved to channel 52. The phasing out of channels 52 to 59 forced KSAW to move again to channel 51.

Logo from 2017 to 2020
Logo from 2017 to 2020

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that the E. W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm will retain their broadcast properties, including KSAW, and spin off their print assets as Journal Media Group.[8] The FCC approved the deal on December 12, 2014. It was approved by shareholders on March 11, 2015. It closed on April 1. Afterwards, Scripps made the decision to drop all usage of channel 51 from KSAW-LD, opting to use the same channel 6 branding as KIVI-TV; its virtual channel via PSIP was also changed from 51 to 6.

Local news

Though KSAW was established as a separate station from KIVI in August 1996, it continued to simulcast all of KIVI's local newscasts from Boise, which featured regional forecasts geared toward the Magic Valley.

Scripps announced plans to launch a dedicated evening newscast for KSAW, beginning on April 13, 2020; it is produced and anchored from Boise, and features three Twin Falls-based reporters, creating the second television newsroom in the market (after KMVT). The program airs live at 5:30 p.m. weeknights and is tape delayed at 10 p.m. KSAW and KIVI also concurrently rebranded from 6 On Your Side to Idaho News 6. KIVI's morning and weekend newscasts continue to be simulcast on KSAW.[9]

Digital channels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP short name Programming
6.1 720p 16:9 KSAW-DT Main KSAW-LD programming / ABC
6.2 480i LAFF Laff
6.3 ESCAPE Court TV Mystery
6.4 GRIT Grit
6.5 CourtTV Court TV

References

  1. ^ "We're With You On Channel 27". Times-News. April 7, 1985. p. A-5. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "KIVI temporarily halts service to install translator". Times-News. June 1, 1989. p. 1-B. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  3. ^ "SyndEx Facts; SyndEx Alert". Times-News. December 31, 1989. p. D-4. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  4. ^ "King Videocable will switch some channels". Times-News. March 29, 1991. p. D1. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  5. ^ Lockwood, Frank E. (September 16, 1995). "ABC-TV loses Twin Falls". Times-News. p. B1. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Turner, Denise (January 19, 1996). "KKVI switches to Fox Monday; Nampa station to carry ABC". Times-News. pp. C1, C2. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  7. ^ Crump, Steve (August 2, 1996). "New for fall: Twin Falls gets its own ABC station". pp. B1, B3. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Glauber, Bill (July 30, 2014). "Journal, Scripps deal announced". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  9. ^ Day, Don (April 8, 2020). "Local news outlet set to expand coverage, staff". BoiseDev. Retrieved April 10, 2020.