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.
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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.
Filmways agreed to purchase Cascade Broadcasting for $3 million in 1968; the sale was approved the following year. Cascade's previous owners retained the company's radio stations, which by this point also included the construction permit for KIMA-FM (97.3 FM, now KFFM), under the name Yakima Valley Communications. Filmways sold KIMA-TV, KEPR-TV, and KLEW-TV to NWG Broadcasting for $1 million in 1972. Retlaw Enterprises acquired the NWG stations for $17 million in 1986; the stations were operated as part of the Retlaw Broadcasting division. Fisher Communications purchased the Retlaw owned stations in 1999.
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. The new channel took KCWK's former Channel 9 position on local cable systems and carries the CW Plus schedule.