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KIMA logo

Yakima, Washington
United States
Branding KIMA (general)
KIMA Action News (newscasts)
CW 9 Yakima/Tri-Cities (on DT2)
Slogan Taking Action for You
Channels Digital: 33 (UHF)
Virtual: 29 (PSIP)
Subchannels 29.1 CBS
29.2 The CW
Affiliations CBS
Owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
(Sinclair Yakima Licensee, LLC)
First air date July 19, 1953; 65 years ago (1953-07-19)
Call letters' meaning YaKIMA
Sister station(s) KEPR-TV, KUNW-LD
Former channel number(s) 29 (UHF analog, 1953–2009)
Former affiliations DuMont (1953–1955)
NBC (1953–1965)
ABC (1953–1959 & 1965–1970)
all secondary
Transmitter power 100 kW
Height 292 m
Facility ID 56033
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KIMA-TV is the CBS affiliated television station serving the Yakima, Washington region. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Its studios are located on Terrace Heights Boulevard (I-82) in Yakima.

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 KOMO Plaza (formerly 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.

On satellite, Dish Network and DirecTV carry both KIMA-TV and KEPR-TV.


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.

Just before KIMA signed on, the Federal Communications Commission collapsed all of central Washington--including the Tri-Cities--into one giant television market. It soon became apparent that channel 29 was not nearly strong enough to cover this vast and mountainous area by itself. With this in mind, 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 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.

By 1988, the station was purchased by Retlaw Broadcasting.[1] Fisher Communications purchased the Retlaw owned stations in 1999.[2]

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.

On April 11, 2013, Fisher announced that it would sell its properties, including KIMA-TV, to the Sinclair Broadcast Group.[4] The deal was completed on August 8, 2013.[5]


KIMA-TV is rebroadcast on K50KK-D Channel 50 in Ellensburg, Washington, which is owned and operated by the Kittitas County TV Improvement District.[6]

See also


  1. Peltz, James F. (October 2, 1990). "The Wonderful World of Disney's Other Firm : Entertainment: Walt Disney created a separate company for his family. Retlaw Enterprises Inc. is now worth hundreds of millions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "8-K For 7/1/99". Fisher Communications Inc. filings. Retrieved October 20, 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Malone, Michael (April 11, 2013). "Sinclair to Acquire Fisher Stations for $373 Million". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 12, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Sinclair Broadcast Group Closes On Fisher Communications Acquisition". All Access. August 8, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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