KSVT-LD
Twin Falls/Sun Valley, Idaho
United States
CityTwin Falls, Idaho
ChannelsDigital: 14 (UHF)
Virtual: 14
BrandingKSVT Fox 14 (general)
KSVT News (newscasts)
Programming
AffiliationsFox (primary, since July 2012)/MyNetworkTV (primary, March−July 2012; secondary, since July 2012)
Ownership
OwnerGray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
KMVT
History
First air date
1997 (25 years ago) (1997)
Former call signs
K43FK (1997–2000)
KTWT-LP (2000–2012)
KTWT-LD (2012–2014)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
43 (UHF, 1997–2012)
Independent (1997–2004)
UPN (2004–2006)
The CW (2006–March 2012)
Call sign meaning
Sun Valley Television[1]
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID167735
ClassLD
ERP15 kW
HAAT186 m (610 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°43′47″N 114°24′55″W / 42.72972°N 114.41528°W / 42.72972; -114.41528
Translator(s)KMVT-DT 11.3 (VHF) Twin Falls
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KSVT-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 14, is a low-powered primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho, United States and serving Southern Idaho's Magic Valley. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to CBS/CW+ affiliate KMVT (channel 11). The two stations share studios on Blue Lakes Boulevard North/US 93 in Twin Falls; KSVT-LD's transmitter is located on Flat Top Butte in unincorporated Jerome County east of Jerome and US 93. On cable, the station is available on Cable One channel 8 and in high definition on digital channel 475.

In addition to its own digital signal, KSVT-LD is simulcast in standard definition on KMVT's third digital subchannel (virtual and VHF channel 11.3) from the same transmitter site.

History

Logo used from March until July 2012.
Logo used from March until July 2012.

KSVT signed-on in 1997 as independent station K43FK. It became KTWT-LP in 2000. The station was a UPN affiliate from late 2004 (picking up the UPN affiliation from KIDA, channel 5) until September 2006 when UPN merged with The WB (which was seen on KWTE, via The WB 100+) to form The CW; that network was seen on KTWT (via The CW Plus) until March 2012, when it switched to MyNetworkTV following the closure of sister station KTID-LP. CW programming remains available through the second digital subchannel of KMVT, which previously simulcast with KTWT. It had a construction permit for a low-power digital station on Channel 14 although LPTV stations are not required to broadcast digital signals.

KTWT joined Fox on July 1 of the same year, replacing KXTF (channel 35); the station began broadcasting its digital signal at that time and branded as "Fox 14" (making it one of a handful of digital stations to brand using its physical channel as opposed to its former analog channel); MyNetworkTV programming is shown out-of-pattern weeknights at 10 p.m. KTWT was also added to a new third digital subchannel of KMVT.[2] On February 27, 2014, the station changed its call letters to KSVT-LD to reflect an increased emphasis on Blaine County and the Wood River Valley, including Sun Valley (from which the call letters are derived).[1] (A previous and unrelated low-power TV station in Ketchum had also operated as KSVT-LD, simulcasting with KSVX-CD in Hailey.)

On March 12, 2015, Gray Television announced that it would purchase KSVT-LD and KMVT from Neuhoff Communications for $17.5 million.[3] The sale was completed on July 1.[4]

Newscasts

With KTWT's transition to Fox affiliation, there was a significant expansion of the news operation of sister station KMVT. More specifically, the CBS affiliate began producing a half-hour extension of its morning newscast Rise and Shine that is seen weekdays at 7 a.m. on KSVT. In addition, this station added half-hour newscasts at 5 p.m. on weeknights only and every night at 9 p.m. The news broadcasts on KSVT utilize a separate news anchor on weeknights and feature more regional, national and international news of the day compared to the newscasts seen on KMVT. As with local newscasts on KMVT, daily newscasts seen on KSVT-LD are broadcast in high definition.[5] Concurrent with the relaunch as KSVT, Neuhoff Communications announced that the station will open a Wood River Valley bureau.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Neuhoff Communications of Twin Falls Expands Into Blaine County". KMVT.com. February 24, 2014. Archived from the original on March 15, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  2. ^ Malone, Michael (June 6, 2012). "Neuhoff's KTWT Snags Fox Affiliation in Idaho". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Gray Buying Twin Falls Duopoly For $17.5M". TVNewsCheck. March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Gray In 4 New Deals, Closes 3 Earlier Ones". TVNewsCheck. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Information About the New Fox 14". Archived from the original on 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-06-19.