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Boise, Idaho
Branding Idaho's NewsChannel 7
Slogan Where the News Comes First
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Subchannels 7.1 NBC
7.2 24/7 NewsChannel
7.3 Northwest Cable News
Translators KTFT-LP 38 Twin Falls
(for others, see article)
Affiliations NBC
Owner Belo Corporation
(King Broadcasting Company)
First air date July 12, 1953
Call letters’ meaning TeleVision Boise
Former callsigns KIDO-TV (1953-1959)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
7 (VHF, 1953-2009)
26 (UHF, 1997-2009)
Former affiliations Both secondary:
DuMont (1953-1955)
ABC (1953-1974)
Transmitter Power 27 kW
Height 806 m
Facility ID 34858
Transmitter Coordinates 43°45′16″N 116°5′56″W / 43.75444°N 116.09889°W / 43.75444; -116.09889

KTVB is a television station in Boise, Idaho, affiliated with the NBC network, that broadcasts on digital VHF channel 7.



The station, Idaho's oldest, signed on July 12, 1953 as KIDO-TV, owned by Georgia Davidson along with KIDO-AM. Davidson was one of only three female station owners in the NBC network. The others were Marietta Meyer Ekberg of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota and Dorothy Bullitt of future sister station KING-TV in Seattle. Davidson sold KIDO-AM in 1959 but kept KIDO-TV, which she renamed KTVB.

Philo Farnsworth, the father of television — and an Idaho native — was present as the station signed on the air. During KTVB's fiftieth year celebration, the tag line "the first television station in the state where TV was invented" was used in some promotional announcements.

In 1979, KTVB was sold to the Bullitts' King Broadcasting Company, joining KING in Seattle, KREM-TV in Spokane and KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon. King Broadcasting was sold to the Providence Journal Company in 1992, which was later sold to current owner Belo in 1997.

KTVB started transmitting digital signals only, effective June 12, 2009.[1] The station was one of four VHF digital stations granted a power increase later that month after stations experienced signal problems as a result of changing their digital channel from UHF to VHF.[2]

Digital television

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

Digital channels

Channel Name Programming
7.1 KTVB-DT main KTVB-TV programming/NBC-HD
7.2 24/7
7.3 NWCN
89.465 KTVB in HD KTVB in HD on local Cable One

Other initiatives

In November 2003, KTVB launched the 24/7 NewsChannel - a 24 hour cable channel consisting primarily of newscast repeats.

Programming for co-owned KTFT-LP in Twin Falls originates from the KTVB building. The two signals are identical, with the exception of commercials, which are sold and targeted to the Magic Valley area. KTVB also operates KTFT-LD, a low-power digital signal, for Twin Falls viewers.

The station operates the state's first full-time online news service - KTVB.COM - featuring news, video, weather, sports and traffic information.

KTVB has branched out in to non-traditional areas, such as its free Idaho Classifieds project on the ZIdaho website.

News Operations

The KTVB news slogan is "Where the News Comes First." The station produces just more than 30 hours of original news and sports programming per week.

Three former reporters have gone on to attain national prominence, including Christi Paul of CNN Headline News, Trace Gallagher of Fox News and Meg Oliver of CBS News Up To The Minute.

The KTVB news gathering fleet includes a new state of the art satellite truck purchased in 2006, allowing for live coverage of events across the region. KTVB's resources also include two live units, 10 news gathering vehicles, and a digital production truck.

In 2004 and 2006, KTVB-TV was recognized with Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest Chapter in the area of Program Achievement for having the best evening newscast in the Pacific Northwest, small market division.


Current on-air talent


  • Ysabel Bilbao
  • Carolyn Holly
  • Mark Johnson
  • Maggie O'Mara
  • Doug Petcash
  • Dee Sarton


  • Ysabel Bilbao
  • Edgar Linares
  • Scott Evans
  • Maggie O'Mara
  • Alyson Oüten
  • Doug Petcash

First Alert Weather

Idaho's NewsChannel 7 Sports

  • Justin Corr: Sports Anchor
  • Zach Wolken: Sports Reporter
  • Tom Scott: Scott Slant host/columnist

News/Station presentation

Newscast titles

  • Idaho's NewsChannel 7 (1997-present)

Station slogans

  • Where the News Comes First (2000-present)
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KTVR-TV channel 13 in La Grande, Oregon was originally a satellite of KTVB until the mid-1970s, when it was sold to Oregon Public Broadcasting, becoming part of the then-OEPBS network.


KTVB is rebroadcast on the following translator stations.

Some translators in Nevada and Oregon are in the Pacific Time Zone.

See also


  1. ^ Congress postpones DTV transition, Seattle may not, KING/AP, February 5, 2009
  2. ^ Eggerton, John (2009-06-29). "Boise Station Gets Power Boost". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-07-01.  

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