call_letters = KVLY-TV
city =
station_slogan = The Valley's Choice for Local News!
station_branding = KVLY TV 11
Valley News Live
analog = 11 (VHF)
digital = 44 (UHF)
other_chs =
affiliations = NBC
network =
founded =
subchannels = 11.1 NBC
airdate = October 11, 1959
location = Fargo, North Dakota
callsign_meaning = Red River VaLleY
former_callsigns = KXGO-TV (1959-1963)
KEND-TV (1963-1964)
KTHI-TV (1964-1995)
former_channel_numbers =
owner = Hoak Media Corporation
licensee = Hoak Media of Dakota License, LLC
sister_stations = KXJB-TV
former_affiliations = ABC (1959-1983)
effective_radiated_power = 316 kW (analog)
356 kW (digital)
HAAT = 610 m (analog)
576 m (digital)
class =
facility_id = 61961
coordinates = coord|47|20|31.8|N|97|17|21.1|W|type:landmark_scale:2000
homepage = [http://www.valleynewslive.com/ www.valleynewslive.com]

KVLY channel 11 (44 digital/HD) is the NBC television affiliate based in Fargo, North Dakota that serves much of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. In addition to its main studio in Fargo, it operates a satellite studio in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The station shares its Fargo studio with CBS affiliate KXJB-TV, which it operates under a local marketing agreement.

The station is most notable for using the second tallest above-ground structure in the world for broadcasting its signal. The KVLY-TV mast rises 2,063 feet (628.8 m) high, and set the standard for current height limitations in the United States. KVLY is owned by Hoak Media Corporation of Dallas, Texas.


The station signed on in 1959 as KXGO-TV (for FarGO), an ABC affiliate. From 1963 to 1964 it used the call letters KEND-TV.

In 1963, channel 11 moved to its current tower near Blanchard, North Dakota, and became known as KTHI-TV (which stands for Tower-HI). In 1983 KTHI became an NBC affiliate, swapping affiliations with longtime NBC affiliate WDAY-TV. The current call sign, adopted in 1995, represents the station's slogan, "The Valley's Choice for Local News," as it serves the communities along the Red River of the North and its tributaries.

From 1968 until the mid 1980s, KVLY-TV was carried by cable systems across neighboring Manitoba and Ontario. These arrangements ended when the Canadian cable companies were granted permission to replace most of the North Dakota stations with network affiliates from Detroit, Michigan.

In September 2005, KVLY became the first major network affiliate in Fargo to broadcast in high-definition. In May 2006, KVLY made its logo bolder to reflect the change to HDTV.

KVLY is currently the second most watched television station in the Red River Valley behind WDAY-TV/WDAZ-TV, both, of which, are owned by Forum Communications Company.

Meyer Broadcasting of Bismarck, North Dakota; owner of the NBC North Dakota network in western North Dakota, bought the station in 1995. It sold its television stations to Sunrise Television in 1997. In 2002, Sunrise sold its North Dakota stations to the Wicks Group of New York City. Hoak bought all of Wicks' television stations, including KVLY, in January 2007.

In April 2007, KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV began simulcasting weekend newscasts, and in November, the stations began simulcasting news during weekdays along with rebranding as Valley News Live. KXJB uses its "4" bug, while KVLY uses the "11" bug during newscasts.


Longtime personalities at the station include Charley Johnson, who is now General Manager, as well as Daron Selvig and Robin Huebner. KVLY and the other NBC stations in North Dakota broadcast the North Dakota state high school football, hockey, and basketball tournaments annually.


thumb|200px|right|The_KVLY-TV mast seen close up]

News team


*Daron Selvig ("Weekday Co-Anchor of 5PM on KVLY and 5:30pm on KXJB")
*Lisa Budeau ("Weekday Co-Anchor of 5PM on KVLY and 5:30pm on KXJB") On maternity leave.
*Robin Huebner ("Weekday Co-Anchor of 6PM & 10PM Newscasts / Assistant News Director") filling in at 5:00 & 5:30 for the summer.
*Mike Morken ("Weekday Co-Anchor of 6PM & 10PM Newscasts")
*Michelle Turnberg ("Weekday Co-Anchor of The Valley Today")
*Matt Bradley (Weekend Anchor/Reporter for KVLY and KXJB)

Early Warn Weather Team

*Hutch Johnson - Chief Meterologist
*Mick Kjar ("Meteorologist - Weekday mornings and midday for KVLY and KXJB / Weekday Co-Anchor of The Valley Today")
*Shawna Olson ("Meteorologist - News at noon and news at 5:30pm on KXJB")
*Lisa Green ("Meteorologist - Weekends / Reporter" for KVLY and KXJB")


*Scott Peters ("Weekdays, 5:30 on KXJB, 6pm on KVLY and 10pm on KVLY and KXJB")
*Brian Shawn ("Weekends" for KVLY and KXJB)


*Neil Carlson ("Reporter")
*Mike Cary ("Reporter / Photographer")
*Emily Welker ("Reporter")
*Cherlene Richards ("Reporter")
*Matt Granite (Reporter/Producer)

Past Personalities

*Andrea Larson (now at KVRR-TV, Fargo, ND)
*Tom Szymanski, Chief Meteorologist - evenings" 1992-2007 (now at KXMB in Bismarck)
*Steve Anderson, weather anchor (1978-1979)
*Tom Erickson, sports anchor
*Stacey Deffenbaugh, morning news anchor (now at WZVN, Fort Myers, FL [http://www.abc-7.com/AboutUs/Bios/StaceyDeffenbaugh.asp] )
*Dan Hammer, sports anchor (now sports director at KFGO in Fargo)
*Amy Hockert, news anchor (now at KARE, Minneapolis [http://www.kare11.com/company/bios/talent_article.aspx?storyid=126889] )
*Bob Kartheiser, reporter, talk show host
*Mary Ellen Miller, reporter (1978-1979)
*Larry Richards, reporter
*Bob Scott, news anchor
*Mary Kay Simon, reporter, talk show host
*Jerilyn Donovan, anchor (1979-1981)
*Rob Thorson, weather anchor (1979-1991)
*Ed Schultz, sports anchor (1982, now Fargo-based syndicated radio host)
*Pat Kelly, news reporter
*Pat Telle, sports
*Robert Ivers, news, talk show host
*Gordon Dexheimer, news, talk show host
*Norm Robinson, news reporter
*Peggy Brunelle, weather reporter
*Dick Wilson, news


KVLY is also available on the following translators (low-powered rebroadcasters):
*K55BH Channel 55 Baudette, MN
*K05EL Channel 5 Devils Lake, ND
*K57BL Channel 57 Donnelly, MN
*K09JM Channel 9 Jamestown, ND
*K02GA Channel 2 Lisbon, ND
*K69BK Channel 69 Norris Camp, MN
*K52AM Channel 52 Roseau, MN
*K09MF Channel 9 Wahpeton, ND
*K63AS Channel 63 Williams, MNSome of the translators are actually in the western part of the broadcast television market.

ee also

*KVLY-TV mast
*Valley News Live

External links

* [http://www.valleynewslive.com/ Valley News Live]

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