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Ontario has its own newspaper and radio station.


The Argus Observer is a direct descendent of The Advocate, which was established Jan. 6, 1897 in Vale as a weekly newspaper published each Wednesday. The Advocate was moved from Vale to Ontario in 1899 when the name changed to The Ontario Argus.

The Eastern Oregon Observer was founded in 1936 and operated for 11 years before consolidating with The Ontario Argus. Subscriptions lists for both papers were consolidated, and the name of the publication was changed to The Ontario Argus Observer, ultimately becoming The Daily Argus Observer.

In 1968, Wick Communications Co. purchased The Daily Argus Observer and remains owners of the newspaper to this day. John Dillon became the publisher in 2009 and is still today.

The Daily Argus Observer is a daily newspaper published afternoons Tuesday through Friday and Sunday mornings, serving the western Treasure Valley. The Argus Observer reaches a market in eastern Oregon and southwest Idaho consisting of Malhuer, Harney and Baker counties in Oregon, as well as Payette, Washington and Adams counties in Idaho.

“Hello Ontario, Hello Weiser, Hello Vale, Hello Nyssa, New Plymouth, Fruitland and Hello Payette” – those were some of the first words heard on KSRV 1380 am on November 23, 1946 at 11:00 a.m., and the beginning of the voice of the Snake River Valley. Since that time, KSRV has been broadcasting in eastern Oregon and southwestern Treasure Valley. KSRV has always been the local outlet for businesses to advertise their goods and services. KSRV maintains that motto still to this day. Proud to serve the local businesses is their belief. Even though the format has changed with the times, the heart of the station has always been to “be the local connection to the listeners and businesses.” Not only being an advertising media for businesses, KSRV also provides local programming like news broadcasts, high school and college sports, agricultural news to keep the farmers and ranchers informed of current news and commodity prices. In the beginning, KSRV was owned by a group from the area. Today KSRV is one of 12 stations owned by FM Idaho Co. LLC out of Twin Falls. KSRV is proud to be one of the media partners in the area and proud to help the local businesses be successful.

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