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Anchorage, Alaska
Branding KIMO Channel 13 (general)
ABC Alaska News (newscasts)
Slogan Alaska's Superstation
Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Virtual: 13 (PSIP)
Translators K03FW 3 Kenai
Affiliations ABC (since 1971)
The CW (DT2)
Owner Smith Media, LLC
(sale to Vision Alaska LLC pending)
(Smith Media License Holdings, LLC)
First air date October 31, 1967
Call letters’ meaning EsKIMO
Former callsigns KHAR-TV (1967-1971)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
13 (VHF, 1967-2009)
Former affiliations NBC (1970-1971)
PBS (per program, 1971-1975)
Transmitter Power 41 kW
Height 240 m
Facility ID 13815
Transmitter Coordinates 61°25′19.8″N 149°52′27.8″W / 61.422167°N 149.874389°W / 61.422167; -149.874389

KIMO (Channel 13) in Anchorage is part of a trio of ABC and digital CW affiliates covering the "The Last Frontier" under the "Alaska's Superstation" banner, with KATN and KJUD. It is owned by Smith Media.



KIMO, the flagship station, signed on the air on October 31, 1967, and its call letters were originally KHAR-TV. It was the third television station in Anchorage, after KTVA and KTUU. Its transmitter is located in Knik, Alaska.

At first the station was an independent, but obtained an affiliation with NBC in 1970. It switched to ABC in 1971, the same year the KIMO call letters were adopted. In 1972, KIMO opened its own taping facility in Seattle so it could tape ABC shows directly off the network feed without having to use Hawaii as a middleman. The station brought Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and some other PBS programs to Anchorage in the early 70s.

The station once had the top local newscasts in Anchorage from 1977 until 1986, when they were surpassed by KTUU.

"Alaska's Superstation" was created in 1995.

Smith Media sold KIMO and the remainder of the "ABC Alaska's Superstation" system to Vision Alaska LLC in 2010.[1]

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Programming Freq
13.1 KIMO-DT (ABC) 207 49 52
13.2 KWBX-DT (CW) (unofficial call letters) 207 65 68

News/station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Action News 13 (1970s-early 1980s)
  • Alaska Statewide News (1980s-early 1990s, 1999-2001)
  • KIMO News 13/KIMO 13 News (1980s-1996)
  • Newslink Alaska (1996-1999)
  • ABC Alaska News (2001-present)

Station slogans

  • Alaska's Superstation (1995-present; general slogan)
  • A Difference You Can Trust (1995-2007; news slogan)
  • To the Point (2007-present; news slogan)
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  1. ^ "Alaska TV group sold". Television Business Report. January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 16, 2010.  

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