KIMA Action News (newscasts)
CW 9 Yakima/Tri-Cities (on DT2)
|Slogan||Taking Action for You|
|Channels||Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
29.2 The CW
|Owner||Sinclair Broadcast Group
(Sinclair Yakima Licensee, LLC)
|First air date||July 19, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||YaKIMA|
|Sister station(s)||KEPR-TV, KLEW-TV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
29 (UHF, 1953-2009)
|Former affiliations||All secondary:
ABC (1953-1959; 1965-1970)
|Transmitter power||100 kW|
The station operates two semi-satellites--KEPR-TV in the Tri-Cities and KLEW-TV in Lewiston, Idaho. However, programming for all three stations is now run from Fisher Plaza in Seattle along with sister Univision station KUNW-CA.
KIMA offers the only local Yakima-focused newscast with a fully operational newsroom in Yakima weekdays on KIMA Action News at 5, 6 & 11 pm. KIMA's morning and weekend newscasts are shared with KEPR. Branded as KIMA/KEPR Action News, they cover both the Yakima Valley and the Columbia Basin.
KIMA signed on July 19, 1953 as the 200th television station in the United States and the first in central Washington. The station was originally owned by Cascade Broadcasting Company along with KIMA radio (AM 1460, now KUTI). It carried programming from all three networks until KNDO signed on in 1959 as an ABC affiliate, but KNDO switched affiliations to NBC in 1965. KIMA then shared ABC programming with KNDO until 1970, when KAPP signed on and took over ABC.
In 1954, Cascade signed on KEPR-TV as the first satellite station in the United States. It was originally intended to be a full repeater of KIMA-TV, but due to popular demand it became a more of a local station.
At one point, KIMA also had a satellite station in Ephrata, Washington. KBAS-TV signed on the air February 15, 1957 on channel 43; it moved to channel 16 in 1958. KBAS was owned by Basin TV Company, a subsidiary of Cascade Broadcasting, and this was reflected in its call letters. KBAS shut down on November 30, 1961.
On March 29, 2009, KIMA launched a digital subchannel with an affiliation with The CW to fill the void left by KCWK (Channel 9) going dark at the end of May 2008 due to the Pappas Telecasting bankruptcy.3 The new channel took KCWK's former Channel 9 position on local cable systems and carries the CW Plus schedule.
- "The One to Watch" (2004–2007)
- "Taking Action for You" (2007–present)
- Jim Niedelman - KIMA Action News @ 5 & 6 PM
- Terry Chick - KIMA Action News @ 11 PM
- Annie Andrews - KIMA Action News @ 11 PM
- Kristi Paulus - KIMA Action News Morning Show 5-7 AM
- Frances Watson - KIMA Action News Weekends @ 6:30 & 11 PM
- Mike McCabe - Evening Weather Anchor
- Jay Frank - Morning Weather Anchor
- Abby Acone - Weekend Weather Anchor
- Alan Sillence - Sports Director, KIMA Action News @ 6 & 11 PM
- Vince Sapienza - Weekends @ 6:30 & 11 PM
- Ada Chong
- Christina Craig
- Samina Engel
- Natalie Eucce
- John LaCrosse
- Tyler Slauson - Multimedia Journalist
- Tim Lewis - weekend sports anchor/reporter (currently weekday sports reporter/weekend sports anchor at KOMO 4 in Seattle; Son of longtime KOMO-TV news anchor Dan Lewis).7
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- "8-K For 7/1/99". Fisher Communications Inc. filings. secinfo.com. Retrieved October 20, 2007.
- Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
- "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- "The news doesn't fall far from the TV". The Seattle Times. May 7, 2005.
- Official website
- CW9TV.com - KIMA-DT2 The CW
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KIMA-TV
- Query TV Fool's coverage map for KIMA-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KIMA-TV