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Longtime KTVB Staffer Passes Away

KTVB senior engineer Mitch Frank died this past Sunday after a months-long battle with cancer.  He was 57.

Frank was one of the longest-serving members of the station’s staff, having spent nearly 30 years with the NBC-affiliate.

“He knew every inch of this place,” anchor Mark Johnson said during a recent newscast, remembering Frank.  “I used to tell him that he could never leave here because we wouldn’t know how to turn on a light switch.  Knowing Mitch, I bet St. Peter is going to get a new intercom.” Video inside… Read more

Fox Boise Affiliate KTRV Goes Independent

Fox affiliate KTRV will return to an independent station following a shake-up in the Boise market this fall, B&C reports. Fox announced last month it would give its affiliation to KNIN. The CW then announced a new affiliation with KBOI, a CBS affiliate, leaving KTRV with limited options in market #113.

KTRV launched as an independent station in 1981 and became affiliated with Fox in 1985. Ricky Joseph, who is the station’s president and general manager, called the move “a return to the grass roots at the very beginning, before Fox.”

KTRV executives will be tasked with the challenge of drawing viewers in without Fox’s signtature primetime shows. B&C reports that station managers have been in touch with other independent stations — like Jacksonville’s WJXT and Phoenix’s KTVK — for advice. Read more

KBOI adds CW, KNIN to be Boise’s Fox affiliate

Boise’s KBOI has signed an affiliation agreement with The CW, adding the programming to the station’s digital subchannel. The Fisher Communications-owned station will replace KNIN as the market’s CW affiliate. KNIN will become a Fox affiliate once its agreement with The CW expires this summer.

Fisher EVP of operations Robert Dunlop tells B&C, “The CW Television Network is a terrific addition to our Boise CBS station and we are excited to expand our relationship with them.”

KNIN, WEVV Becoming Fox Affiliates

Fox is welcoming two new affiliates: Journal Broadcast Group’s KNIN in Boise and Communications Corporation of America’s WEVV in Evansville, IN.

Currently a CW-affiliate, KNIN will transfer to Fox once its CW agreement expires this summer, replacing KTRV as the market’s Fox-affiliate.

WEVV, which was a Fox-affiliate in the late 80s and 90s, is currently a CBS-affiliate and has been airing MyNetworkTV programming on a digital subchannel. Beginning in July, WEVV’s .2 channel will be a Fox-MyNetworkTV hybrid.

The new affiliation agreements come at a time when the relationship between Fox and its affiliates is especially tense. In an effort to capitalize on the carriage deals that stations have struck with cable and satellite operators, Fox has recently drawn a hard line on what it expects its affiliates to pay per subscriber. Read more

Boise’s KBOI Hit with Justin Bieber Prank

The website of Boise CBS-affiliate KBOI was the victim of an early April Fool’s Day prank yesterday, as someone set up a nearly identical website that contained a news story about a local ban on Justin Bieber music.

The fake story, attributed to the Associated Press, reported that Idaho Governor Butch Otter had signed “laws which outlaw the sale of Justin Bieber’s music and makes listening to his music within state limits against the law.” Read more

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