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BrandingKTIV 4 (general)
News 4 (newscasts)
First air date
October 10, 1954 (68 years ago) (1954-10-10)
Former channel number(s)
4 (VHF, 1954-2009)
41 (UHF, 2009–2018)
  • All secondary:
  • ABC (1954–1967)
  • NTA (1956–1961)
  • DT2:
  • The WB (until 2006)
Call sign meaning
Television IV (Roman numeral 4)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Facility ID66170
ERP1,000 kW
HAAT609.5 m (2,000 ft)
Transmitter coordinates42°35′12″N 96°13′19″W / 42.58667°N 96.22194°W / 42.58667; -96.22194
Translator(s)K24JG-D Norfolk, NE
Public license information

KTIV (channel 4) is a television station in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, affiliated with NBC and The CW Plus. Owned by Gray Television, the station has studios on Signal Hill Drive in Sioux City, and its transmitter is located near Hinton, Iowa.


After overcoming some construction obstacles, including having to raise the microwave tower height twice to avoid interference with a tree which blocked the microwave signal, KTIV made its broadcasting debut on October 10, 1954. That first broadcast evening included four NBC shows: People Are Funny at 6 p.m.; The Liebman Spectacular from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; The Television Playhouse from 8 to 9 p.m.; and The Loretta Young Show from 9 to 9:30 p.m.[1]

The station has always been an NBC affiliate, but it shared ABC programming with KVTV/KCAU-TV until September 2, 1967, when KCAU switched its primary affiliation to ABC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[2]

The station was originally owned by the Perkins family along with the Sioux City Journal and KSCJ radio. Perkins Brothers Company sold KTIV to Black Hawk Broadcasting, the owner of fellow NBC affiliate and former sister station KWWL-TV in Waterloo, in 1973.[3] Black Hawk merged with Forward Communications in 1980, and sold KTIV and KWWL to AFLAC (then known by its full name, the American Family Life Assurance Company) that year.[4] Quincy Newspapers bought KTIV from AFLAC in 1989.[5]

In June 2011, KTIV's newscasts began to be broadcast in high definition. It was the second station in the Sioux City market (after KCAU-TV) to begin broadcasting news in HD, and the last station in the market to begin using a widescreen format for local news.

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw and former KNBC/ABC News anchor Paul Moyer began their television careers at KTIV.[6][7]

On February 1, 2021, Gray Television announced its intent to purchase Quincy Media for $925 million.[8] The acquisition was completed on August 2,[9] making KTIV sister to Gray stations in nearby markets, including NBC/ABC affiliates KDLT-TV and KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls and fellow NBC affiliate WOWT in Omaha. It also reunited KTIV with some former AFLAC sister stations, as AFLAC eventually merged its broadcasting unit into Raycom Media in 1997 and that company was purchased by Gray in 2019.[10]

Notable former on-air staff

Technical information


The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[11]
4.1 1080i 16:9 KTIVNBC Main KTIV programming / NBC
4.2 720p KTIVCW Siouxland CW
4.3 480i KTIVME MeTV
4.4 CourtTV Court TV
4.5 Ion Ion Television

Analog-to-digital conversion

KTIV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at 1:30 p.m. on February 17, 2009, which was the original date of the federally mandated transition from analog to digital television;[12][13] it was later moved to June 12, 2009. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41, using PSIP to display KTIV's virtual channel as 4 on digital television receivers.


City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Norfolk, NE K24JG-D 24 15 kW 89 m (292 ft) 66171 42°02′01″N 97°21′55″W / 42.03361°N 97.36528°W / 42.03361; -97.36528 (K24JG-D)

KTIV was formerly rebroadcast over these translators:


  1. ^ KTIV History, KTIV website, archived from the original April 21, 2006; original page has since been deleted.
  2. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
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  6. ^ Schneider, Michael (April 1, 2009). "KNBC's Paul Moyer set to retire". Variety. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  7. ^ Wishart, David J. (2004). Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press. p. 507. ISBN 9780803247871.
  8. ^ Goldsmith, Jill (February 1, 2021). "Gray Television Acquires Quincy Media For $925 Million In Cash". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  9. ^ Howell Jr., Hilton (August 2, 2021). "Gray Television Closes Quincy Acquisition". Gray Television. Globe Newswire. Retrieved August 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Treaster, Joseph B. (14 August 1996). "Venture in Accord to Buy 7 TV Stations from Aflac". The New York Times.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTIV
  12. ^ Today is the day for digital TV switch, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, February 17, 2009
  13. ^ List of Digital Full-Power Stations Archived 2013-08-29 at the Wayback Machine