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KMVT, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, is a dual CBS/CW+-affiliated television station licensed to Twin Falls, Idaho, United States and serving Southern Idaho's Magic Valley. Owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to low-powered primary Fox and secondary MyNetworkTV affiliate KSVT-LD, channel 14 (which KMVT simulcasts on its third digital subchannel). The two stations share studios on Blue Lakes Boulevard North/US 93 in Twin Falls; KMVT's transmitter is located on Flat Top Butte in unincorporated Jerome County east of Jerome and US 93. On cable, the station is available on Cable One channel 12 and in high definition on digital channel 460.

History[]

The station went on the air on June 1, 1955 as KLIX-TV, a sister station to KLIX radio (1310 AM). 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.

Arthur Mosby and his Western Broadcasting Company of Missoula, Montana, which operated KMSO-TV (now KECI-TV) 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.

On December 31, 1983, prior to its official premiere during Super Bowl XVIII the following month, KMVT notably aired Apple Computer's critically acclaimed Macintosh computer commercial "1984" shortly before midnight, to ensure the ad would qualify for industry awards which were only eligible for ads that aired during 1983. Tom Frank, the director-operator at the time, said that the station may have been chosen due to its remote location, and its proximity to Sun Valley, which he described as being a "part time home of many in the entertainment and advertising business".

In September 2006, KMVT began carrying The CW network on its DT2 subchannel, which was also seen on KTWT-LP (channel 43); in 2012, KTWT switched to MyNetworkTV (with CW programming remaining on the KMVT subchannel), then (after converting to digital operations on channel 14) to Fox. In 2014, KTWT became KSVT-LD.

On March 12, 2015, Neuhoff Communications announced the sale of KMVT and KSVT to Gray Television for $17.5 million, pending FCC approval. The sale was completed on July 1.

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