About KOBI-TV NBC5KOTI television station was founded on August 12, 1956 by William B. Smullin. The station's call letters are believed to have been inspired by the local four-year college, the Oregon Institute of Technology (formerly Oregon Technical Institute). When it first began broadcasting, KOTI carried programming from all three major networks.
Today, KOTI is owned by Patricia C. "Patsy" Smullin, who is also the president of the parent company COBi, one of the longest continuously independent broadcast groups in the West and one of the oldest in the country. For many years, KOTI was the only staffed television station in the Klamath Basin, serving as an important source of news and entertainment for the region. The station's vice president and general manager is Robert Wise, who previously served as the general manager of sister station KRCR-TV in Redding, California. KOTI's programming is received by viewers in 12 counties in Oregon and California through NBC 2.