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KVLY HD logo
Fargo, North Dakota
Branding KVLY TV 11 (general)
Valley News Live(newscasts)
Slogan The Valley's Choice for Local News!
Channel Digital: 44 (UHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
Subchannels 11.1 NBC
11.2 This TV
Owner Hoak Media Corporation
(Hoak Media of Dakota License, LLC)
First air date October 11, 1959
Callsign meaning Red River VaLleY
Sister station(s) KXJB-TV
Former callsigns KXGO-TV (1959-1963)
KEND-TV (1963-1964)
KTHI-TV (1964-1995)
Former channels Analog:
11 (VHF, 1959-2009)
Former affiliations ABC (1959-1983)
HSN (1993-1995)
Effective power 356 kW
Height 576 m
Facility ID 61961
Antenna coordinates 47°20′32″N 97°17′20″W / 47.34222°N 97.28889°W / 47.34222; -97.28889


KVLY-TV, is an NBC affiliated television station in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, serving Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota. It broadcasts on ATSC channel 44, which redirects to former NTSC channel 11 via PSIP. In addition to its main studio in Fargo, it operates a satellite studio in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The station shares its Fargo studio with CBS affiliate KXJB-TV, which it operates under a local marketing agreement.

The station is most notable for using the third tallest above-ground structure in the world for broadcasting its signal. The KVLY-TV mast rises 2,063 feet (628.8 m) high, and set the standard for current height limitations in the United States[citation needed]. KVLY is owned by Hoak Media Corporation of Dallas, Texas.


The station signed on in 1959 as KXGO-TV (for FarGO), an ABC affiliate. From 1962 to 1963 it used the call letters KEND-TV.

In 1963, channel 11 moved to its current tower near Blanchard, North Dakota, and became known as KTHI-TV (which stands for Tower-HI). In 1983 KTHI became an NBC affiliate, swapping affiliations with longtime NBC affiliate WDAY-TV. The current call sign, adopted in 1995, represents the station's slogan, "The Valley's Choice for Local News," as it serves the communities along the Red River of the North and its tributaries.

From 1968 until the mid 1980s, KTHI-TV (as it was then still known) was carried by cable systems across Manitoba and northwestern Ontario. When KTHI switched affiliation to NBC, it was replaced by ABC affiliate WDAZ-TV in Devil's Lake, until Canadian cable companies were granted permission to replace most of the North Dakota stations with network affiliates from Detroit, Michigan.

In September 2005, ten years after changing its call sign from KTHI, KVLY became the first major network affiliate in Fargo to broadcast in high-definition. In May 2006, KVLY made its logo bolder to reflect the change to HDTV.

KVLY is currently the second most watched television station in the Red River Valley behind WDAY-TV/WDAZ-TV, which are owned by Forum Communications Company.

Meyer Broadcasting of Bismarck, North Dakota; owner of the NBC North Dakota network in western North Dakota, bought the station in 1995. It sold its television stations to Sunrise Television in 1997. In 2002, Sunrise sold its North Dakota stations to the Wicks Group of New York City. Hoak bought all of Wicks' television stations, including KVLY, in January 2007.

In April 2007, KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV began simulcasting weekend newscasts, and in November, the stations began simulcasting news during weekdays along with rebranding as Valley News Live. KXJB uses its "4" bug, while KVLY uses the "11" bug during newscasts.

KXJB and KVLY have broadcast in only digital format since February 16, 2009.[1]

In January 2010, KVLY-TV began broadcasting the This TV network on subchannel 11.2.


Longtime personalities at the station include Charley Johnson, who is now General Manager, as well as Daron Selvig and Robin Huebner. KVLY and the other NBC stations in North Dakota broadcast the North Dakota state high school football, hockey, and basketball tournaments annually.

The KVLY-TV mast seen close up
A bobblehead of former meteorologist "Too Tall Tom" Szymanski, now of KXMB-TV

News/Station presentation


Newscast titles

  • TV-11 Newswatch (1970s-1980s)
  • News 11 (1980s-1995)
  • KVLY News 11 (1995-2007)
  • Valley News Live (2007-present)

Station slogans

  • The Valley's New Choice for News (1995-1997)
  • The Valley's Choice for Local News (1997-present)
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News team

Past Personalities

  • Jim Lounsbury, anchor/reporter (late 1970s-early 1980s)
  • Andrea Larson (now at KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND)
  • Tom Szymanski, Chief Meteorologist - evenings 1992-2007 (now at KXMB in Bismarck)
  • Steve Anderson, weather anchor (1978-1979)
  • Tom Erickson, sports anchor
  • Stacey Deffenbaugh, morning news anchor (now at WZVN, Fort Myers, FL [1])
  • Dan Hammer, sports anchor (now sports director at KFGO in Fargo)
  • Amy Hockert, news anchor
  • Bob Kartheiser, reporter, talk show host
  • Mary Ellen Miller, reporter (1978-1979)
  • Larry Richards, reporter
  • Bob Scott, news anchor
  • Mary Kay Simon, reporter, talk show host
  • Jerilyn Donovan, anchor (1979-1981)
  • Rob Thorson, weather anchor (1979-1991)
  • Ed Schultz, sports anchor (1982, now Fargo-based syndicated radio host)
  • Steve Sedahl, news reporter, weekend anchor. (1980 - 1982)
  • Pat Kelly, news reporter
  • Pat Telle, sports
  • Robert Ivers, news, talk show host
  • Gordon Dexheimer, news, talk show host
  • Norm Robinson, news reporter
  • Peggy Brunelle, weather reporter
  • Dick Wilson, news
  • Sarah McCurdy, news reporter
  • Kerry Davis, news reporter
  • Tracy Frank, news reporter
  • Cherlene Richards (Reporter)
  • Matt Granite (Reporter/Producer)
  • Nick Johnson (Sports Reporter/Sports Anchor)
  • Donn Robertson (Weekend Anchor)


KVLY is also available on the following translators (low-powered rebroadcasters):

Some of the translators are actually in the western part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN broadcast television market.

See also


  1. ^ Congress delays digital TV conversion, The Forum, Fargo ND, February 5, 2009

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