KIVI is the ABC-affiliated television station for the Treasure Valley area of Southwestern Idaho that is licensed to Nampa. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 24 from a transmitter at the top of the Bogus Basin ski area. Owned by Journal Communications, the station is sister to CW affiliate KNIN-TV and the two share studios on East Chisholm Drive in Nampa along I-84/U.S. 30/ID 55. Syndicatedprogramming on KIVI includes: Ellen, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. The station can also be seen in McCall on Class A analog translator K27DX channel 27 from a transmitter on Red Ridge along the Adams andValley County line.

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Nampa/Boise, Idaho
Branding KIVI: Today's Channel 6(general)

Today's 6 News KSAW: KSAW Channel 51

Slogan Touch Today's Channel 6

(general) Idaho's Most Award-Winning News.(news)

Channels Digital: 24 (UHF)
Subchannels 6.1 ABC

6.2 Mexicanal 6.3 TheCoolTV

Translators K27DX 27 McCall

KSAW-LD 51 Twin Falls

Owner Journal Communications

(Journal Broadcast Corporation)

First air date February 1, 1974
Call letters' meaning Idaho VI (Roman numeral 6)
Sister station(s) KNIN-TV, KRVB-FM 94.9,KQXR-FM 100.3, KJOT-FM 105.1, KTHI-FM 107.1, KGEM-AM 1140, KCID-AM 1490
Former callsigns KITC (1974-1975)

KIVI-TV (1975-1998) KIVI (1998-2009)

Former channel number(s) 6 (VHF analog, 1974-2009)
Transmitter power 589 kW
Height 858.1 m
Facility ID 59255
Transmitter coordinates 43°45′21″N 116°5′54″W

KSAW-LD in Twin Falls operates as a semi-satellite of KIVI. This broadcasts a low-powered digital signal on UHF channel 51 from a transmitter in Jerome. KSAW has studios on Falls Avenue in Twin Falls. It airs separate syndicated programming and commercials/station identifications. The station simulcasts all newscasts from KIVI and does not provide any coverage from Twin Falls.

Digital programming

On KIVI-DT2 and Cable One digital channel 456 is Mexicanal. In November 2010 Cable One added KIVI-DT3 TheCoolTV to digital channel 457. Both channels are carried in 480p digital format and aligned with KIVI-DT on Cable One HD digital channel 455.

Channel Name Programming
6.1 KIVI-DT main KIVI programming/ABC HD
6.2 KIVI-DT2 Mexicanal
6.3 KIVI-DT3 TheCoolTV


The station signed-on February 1, 1974 with the call sign KITC (the callsign standing for "Idaho Television Company", for the station's original owner) and was Boise's third commercial station. It aired an analog signal on VHF channel 6 and immediately took on an ABC affiliation. Prior to the station's launch, the network was split between CBS affiliate KBOI-TV (channel 2) and NBC station KTVB (channel 7), with programing from ABC being carried on both outlets in off-hours. Although Boise had been large enough since the 1950s to support three full network affiliates, the difficulty of building a translator network to serve this vast and mountainous market scared off many prospective owners until the late 1960s.

In 1975, KITC changed calls to KIVI-TV for the first time but would ultimately drop the -TV suffix in 1998. Idaho Television Company sold KIVI and its then-sister KPVI in Pocatello to Futura Titanium Corporation in 1977.[3] Futura, in turn, sold the station to the Evening Post Publishing Company in 1981,[4] and Evening Post struck a deal to sell the station to current owner Journal in 2001,[5] with the deal closing in 2002.

KKVI in Twin Falls was the Magic Valley's original ABC affiliate through its status as a full-powered satellite of KPVI in Pocatello. In January 1996, the parent station switched affiliations to NBC. Since that network was already seen in Twin Falls through KTVB's low-powered semi-satellite KTFT-LP, KKVI became that area's first full-time Fox affiliate as KXTF. Fox was previously seen on that station off-hours in a secondary nature. Due to the network changes in Twin Falls, KIVI's owner purchased K68CO and turned it into a low-powered semi-satellite as KSAW-LP.

On July 1, 2008, it was reported Banks Broadcasting had agreed to sell KNIN to Journal Communications (owner of KIVI) which would create Boise's first television duopoly.[6][7] On November 10, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initially rejected the application.[8] Shortly afterward, Banks Broadcasting filed an appeal. The FCC reversed its decision to reject the deal on January 16, 2009.[9] The purchase closed on April 24, at which point KNIN vacated its longtime studios on West Bannock Street in downtown Boise and was integrated into KIVI's facilities in Nampa.[10]

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that E.W. Scripps Company would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm retained the companies broadcast holdings and spun off their print assets as Journal Media Group.[11] Originally, KIVI-TV, KNIN-TV and five radio stations were not included in the merger; in September, Journal filed to transfer these stations to Journal/Scripps Divestiture Trust (with Kiel Media Group as trustee).[12][13] The merger was completed on April 1, 2015.[14][15] Scripps retained KIVI and the five radio stations, but not KNIN.[16] However, KIVI will continue to provide services and facilities to KNIN, which was sold to Raycom Media.[17][18]

News team


  • Natalee Morales - weekday mornings and Technology Correspondent
  • Spencer Blake - weekday mornings
  • Michelle Edmonds - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Don Nelson - weeknights at 5, 6 and 10 also "The Rant" producer
  • Gemma Gaudette - weekends and reporter

Today's 6 News Precision Meteorologists

  • Scott Dorval - Chief seen weeknights at 5, 6 & 10pm
  • Kyle Gravlin (AMS Seal of Approval) - weekday mornings
  • Bob Anthony - weekends and news reporter


  • Kirk Chaisson
  • Tina Jensen
  • Mac King
  • Kim Bartlett - fill-in anchor/reporter


  • Paul Gerke - Sports Director weeknights at 5, 6 and 10
  • Amanda Maynard- sports director; weeknights at 6 & 10

Newscast titles

  • News Service 6 (1974-1975)
  • Newscene 6 (1975-?)
  • News Six (?-?)
  • NewsWatch 6 (19??-1990s)
  • Channel 6 News (1990s)
  • News Idaho 6 (1990s–2002)
  • 6 On Your Side (2002–2005 & 2017-present)
  • Today's Channel 6 News (2005–2011)
  • Today's 6 News (2011–2017)

Station slogans

  • "TV-6`s The One You Can Turn To" (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "Something`s Happening on TV-6"
  • "If It`s Idaho, It Must Be Channel 6" (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • "We Are Idaho" (1997-2002)
  • "6 On Your Side" (2002-2005)
  • "Touch Today's Channel 6" (2005–present)
  • "Idaho's Most Award-Winning News." (2005-present)



  1. ^ JS Online: NewsWatch
  2. ^ TVNEWSDAY - Journal Broadcast Doubling Up in Boise
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  4. ^ KTVB.COM: FCC gives OK for Channel 6 to buy Channel 9
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