About KLEW TVCascade Broadcasting owned KLEW-TV, which went on the air on December 7, 1955. It has always been a CBS affiliate, although as a satellite of KIMA-TV, it also showed some ABC and NBC programs in its early years. The original studios of the station were located on Idaho Street in Lewiston.
In 1968, Filmways agreed to buy Cascade Broadcasting for $3 million; the deal was authorized the following year. In 1972, Filmways paid $1 million to NWG Broadcasting for KLEW-TV, KIMA-TV, and KEPR-TV. KLEW relocated from its old Idaho Street studios to its present 17th Street facility in 1977.
The KLEW logo was used until 2008, with certain broadcast graphics continuing to use it beyond that.
In 1986, Retlaw Enterprises paid $17 million for the NWG stations, including KLEW-TV; the stations were managed as part of the Retlaw Broadcasting division. On November 19, 1998, Fisher Companies (later known as Fisher Communications) agreed to buy the Retlaw stations for $215 million, a deal that was finalized in July 1999. Fisher stated on April 11, 2013 that it will sell its holdings to the Sinclair Broadcast Group; the transaction was finalized on August 8, 2013.