|Twin Falls, Idaho|
|Branding||CBS 11 (general)
KMVT News (news)
|Slogan||Southern Idaho's News Source|
|Channels||Digital: 11 (VHF)|
|Affiliations||CBS Television Network|
|Owner||Neuhoff Family Limited Partnership|
|First air date||May 30, 1955|
|Call letters' meaning||Magic
|Sister station(s)||KTWT-LP, KTID-LP|
|Former callsigns||KLIX-TV (1955-1957)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
11 (VHF, 1955-2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC, NBC (both secondary)|
|Transmitter power||132 kW|
The station went on the air on June 1, 1955 using the call letters of its sister radio station, KLIX. It has been a CBS affiliate since sign-on; however, in its early years the station carried programs from ABC and NBC. During the late 1950s, the station was also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
In 1957, Ogden, Utah businessman Abe Glasmann purchased the KLIX radio and TV stations and KUTV in Salt Lake City. Glasmann sold the radio station, which retained the call letters KLIX. He rechristened the TV station KMVT. "MVT" stood for "Magic Valley Television," reflecting the area's nickname of "Magic Valley."
In 1965 KMVT became the first television station in Idaho to broadcast local programs in color.
Western Broadcasting Company of Missoula, Montana, which operated KMSO-TV (now KECI) in Missoula, acquired KMVT in 1970. In 1984, control of the station was transferred to the Chapman S. Root 1982 Living Trust. The Catamount Broadcast Group acquired the station in 1998 and sold it to the Neuhoff family in 2004. Today KMVT Broadcasting Inc. is a subsidiary of the Neuhoff family limited partnership.
KMVT became the first station to air Apple Computers' famous "1984" commercial on December 15, 1983, in the 1:00 a.m. sign-off time slot, to ensure the ad would qualify for the year's advertising awards.
KMVT's broadcasts are digital-only, effective (as originally scheduled) on February 17, 2009.
Current on-air staff
- Benito Baeza - General Assignment Reporter
- Rachael Giffoni - Anchor - Weekends at 10 p.m.; General Assignment Reporter
- Diane Dean - Anchor - Weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Danielle Kosir - Anchor - Weekday morning show
- Joe Martin - News Director; Anchor - Weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Brittany Cooper - General Assignment Reporter; Moring News
- Charles Lemmon - Anchor - Noon News; Managing Editor
- Jay Michaels - General Assignment Reporter
- Michelle Costa - General Assignment Reporter
- Joey Martin - Videographer
- Adam Colpack - Chief Meteorologist- Weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Nick Kosir - Weather Meteorologist - Weekday Morning News
- Brittany Cooper - Weather Anchor - Noon News
- Michelle Costa - Weather Anchor - General Assignment Reporter
- Jason Carter - Sports Director - Weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Amy Gill - Sports Anchor - Weekends at 10 p.m.
Former on-air staff
- Newscene 11 (1980s)
- Newscene/Nightscene (1980s–1990s)
- KMVT News (1990s–2013 & ?–present)
- Idaho's First News (2013–?)
- A Special Place!
- The Magic Valley's News Source (1990s–2003)
- Southern Idaho's News Source (2003–2013)
- Idaho's First News (2013–?)
- Putting You First (?–present)
- ^ KMVT is also a public-access television station in Mountain View, California - KMVT 15 website
- ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films" ([dead link]), Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
- ^ http://www.kmvt.com/news/local/39236572.html