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KTVB's The 208 at 5 p.m. starts a conversation with the viewers

'The 208' may look and sound different than newscasts you’re used to. KTVB is focused on making it a conversation with the viewer.

BOISE, Idaho —

In case you haven't heard, "The 208" with Brian Holmes is quickly gaining statewide attention for breaking down news stereotypes. We're not your typical talking-head newscast.

Our mission on ‘The 208’ is to be smart, honest, and (sometimes) funny. We also want to give your news a little more context and perspective.

The 30-minute show is packed with original local stories, the type Idaho residents want to watch and engage with.  

In 2020, we covered stories like the Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Boise, the largest gathering at the statehouse in recent memory, protests at the homes of Central District Health Board members over mask mandates, and first-hand experiences from Idaho nurses on the COVID-19 front lines.

We also brought you stories like breakfast with the governor, long-form interviews with mayors, prominent business leaders, university presidents, Idaho's congressional delegation, and community leaders during times of civil unrest.

We also covered the lighter side of things, like the local legend of trolls on Bogus Basin Road, how the railroad industry turned Idaho into a two time zone state, and why some Idaho cities aren't in the same county they're named after.

We even brought back all-time classic John Miller stories in the form of '208 Redial' and took viewers around the state as we learned fun facts and unique stories about Idaho cities and towns.

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This show may look and sound different than newscasts most TV viewers are using used to, but our goal is to be smart, honest, and offer up perspective with a purpose… and a bit of personality.

The 208 team promises to hold themselves to the highest standard each day we come into the KTVB newsroom. 

But here’s the thing:  We want you – yes, you – to hold us to that standard, too. Did our story miss the mark?  Text us.  Want more information? Tweet us. Don’t like Brian’s tie today?  Maybe keep that one to yourself.  (Just kidding!)  We want that feedback, too. Really.

We want you to engage with us and we want to engage with you. Tell us what’s meaningful, what’s maddening, or what’s funny. We want to hear about it. 

After all, many times we’re telling YOUR stories. And we can’t do that without you.

Watch The 208 Monday through Friday at 5 P.M. on KTVB Channel 7 or KTVB.COM.

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