Printed on: March 19, 2004

Channel 15 hits Idaho's televisions


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A new television station is broadcasting on eastern Idaho's airwaves.

KPIF Channel 15 in Pocatello began airing test programming March 1. It expects to soon become a United Paramount Network affiliate, and also will air America One programs, General Manager Brian Nugent said.

Local news also may be offered later on the station, he said. The high-power (5,000-megawatt) station is replacing a low-power channel that used to broadcast Christian programming.

KPIF is owned by KM Communications, which runs 15 other television stations and 15 radio stations. It has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for a permanent license to continue operating the high-power signal, which can reach as far as Rexburg and Burley, 80 miles away from its tower.

UPN programming carries "Star Trek: Enterprise," the World Wrestling Entertainment's "Smackdown" and "America's Next Top Model."

America One programs feature Western-themed movies; syndicated sitcoms such as "Dragnet"; cooking demonstrations; and children's shows, including "Jack Hannah's Animal Planet."

Nugent said it is currently airing episodes of "Tear of the Dragon," a historical drama about Korean feudal lords, until the studio in Pocatello gets set up.

KM Communications is owned by Myoung Hwa Bae, who lives in Chicago.