KXMC-TV, channel 13, is the CBS-affiliated television station for Minot, North Dakota. It broadcasts a high-definition television digital television signal on VHF channel 13 (or virtual channel 13.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter southwest of Minot. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 3 in the Minot area, cable channel 13 in most other areas and SRT Communications cable channel 3.
There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent Communications digital channel 603 and SRT Communications digital channel 503. Locally owned by Reiten Television, it has studios on the intersection of 2nd Street SE and 18th Avenue SE in Minot. KXMC is the flagship station of KX Television, a network of four CBS affiliates that reach most of central and western North Dakota, along with parts of South Dakota and Montana.
KXMD-TV, channel 11, in Williston, North Dakota operates as a semi-satellite of KXMC. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 14 (or virtual channel 11.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter west of Williston near the North Dakota/Montana border. KXMD identifies itself as a station in its own right, but simulcasts all programming from KXMC. However, KXMD airs separate commercials and station identifications. The station maintains a news bureau and advertising sales office at the intersection of 13th Avenue West and 18th Street West (near U.S. Highway 2/U.S. Highway 85) in Williston. KXMD"s viewing area includes most of the Montana portion of this vast market. As Montana is within the Mountain Time Zone, primetime programming on KXMD begins at 6 pm rather than at 7 pm for other stations licensed in the Central Time Zone. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 6 in Williston, and cable channel 11 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 606.
The over-the-air signals of KXMC and KXMD reach portions of the Canada province of Saskatchewan, but are no longer available on any cable systems there. Most of the Montana portion of KXMD"s viewing area also receives CBS from KXGN-TV in Glendive, Montana via a network of broadcast translator and cable television.
Although operated as a separate station in its own right, KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota (and its semi-satellite KXMA-TV in Dickinson, North Dakota) is also considered a semi-satellite of KXMC. It clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but airs separate newscasts, station identifications, and commercial inserts. KXMC and KXMD serve the northern portion of the Bismarck/Minot media market while KXMB and KXMA serve the southern portion. KXMC and KXMB often share news stories and co-produce joint morning and 5:00 p.m. newscasts seen on all four stations. Master control and some internal operations for KXMB and KXMA are based at KXMC"s facilities in Minot. The four stations are counted as a single unit for Nielsen ratings purposes.
KXMC-TV & KXMD-TV shut down their analog signals, respectively over Very high frequency channels 13 & 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States Digital television transition in the United States under federal mandate. KXMC-TV"s digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 45 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations. KXMD-TV"s digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 14. Through the use of Program and System Information Protocol, digital television receivers display the station"s virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.
KXMC was the first television station in North Dakota, going on the air as KCJB-TV in April 1953. Minot businessman Chester Reiten and Fargo, North Dakota businessman John Boler, owners of KBMB-TV in Bismarck (now KXMB), bought the station in 1958 and changed KCJB"s call letters to the current KXMC-TV.
KXMD signed on in November 1969. Previously Williston viewers had to pick up CBS programming on cable from KOOK-TV in Billings, Montana (now KTVQ), although KMOT had not been above breaking away from the KFYR/KMOT feed when CBS had something very important to present.
Boler sold his interest in the KX stations to Reiten in 1971. Steve Reiten, Dave Reiten, Kathleen Reiten Hruby, Tim Reiten, and Melanie Reiten Shonkwiler, Chester"s Children, still own the stations today (including KXMA-TV in Dickinson, North Dakota, which he bought in 1985).
The KX stations formerly had a secondary affiliation with American Broadcasting Company before full-time ABC affiliate KBMY signed on in 1986. During the late 1950s, the stations were also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.
Until 1986, KXMD was carried by cable television across neighboring Saskatchewan, even operating a sales office in Saskatoon, as did KUMV and Great Falls, Montana ABC station KFBB-TV. These arrangements ended in 1986 when the Canadian cable companies were granted permission to replace the North Dakota signals with network affiliates from Detroit and Toledo, Ohio.
KXJB-TV in Fargo was co-owned with the KX stations (though programmed separately) until Boler sold his interest in 1971. The stations still occasionally share stories. After an ice storm on April 6, 1997 caused the KXJB-TV mast to collapse, some cable systems replaced KXJB with KXMC, either temporarily or permanently, to maintain CBS service.
In 2006, the stations began a web portal-like website called KX Net, with each station"s website displaying a localized front page. The stations continue to be branded as "KX Television" and as "KX News" on the air, but also use the "KX Net" monkier on the air also. KXNet.com combined the previous domains kxma.com, kxmb.com, kxmc.com and kxmd.com under one umbrella. The original domains are still active. KXNet.com won the 2007 Teddy Award for Best Website and the 2007 Eric Severaid Award for best website small market television in a 6 state region.
In October 2007, KXNet.com along with Midkota Solutions launched DakotaPolitics.com, a web site focusing on North Dakota political news coverage. DakotaPolitics featured profile information, voting records and some analysis. DakotaPolitics also launched weekly tracking polls for the 2008 elections. In 2008 KXNet.com became the first web site in North Dakota to deliver a live news broadcast over the Internet when they streamed a 1-hour special coverage of the 2008 Presidential Caucuses from Bismarck.
In July 2008, Reiten Television began a joint agreement to sell television commercial slots on both KXMC and KMCY, Minot"s ABC affiliate owned by Forum Communications Company. KXMC houses sales and engineering personnel solely for KMCY"s operations.
On June 23, 2011, Shaun Sipma received a phone call from Minot native, Josh Duhamel who was in Moscow, Russia at the time to pledge his support when his hometown got flooded during KXMC"s 24 hour flood coverage.
The North Dakota State Fair parade in Minot is aired live every July. KXMC and KXMD, along with sister stations KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota and KXMA-TV in Dickinson, North Dakota signs off on Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 1:05 a.m. and at 1:35 a.m. Sunday and Monday mornings, during the sign-offs are the national anthem and the national feed of Up to the Minute with public service announcements, while weekends simulcast the local weather conditions of North Dakota.
The Montana portion of KXMD"s viewing area is within the Mountain time zone, and the station airs 6 pm starts to primetime rather than the usual 7 pm for the time zone. Many viewers in eastern Montana can also receive the Mountain time CBS feed from Broadcast relay station of KXGN-TV, which airs primetime programming one hour later than KXMD.
KXMC produces local newscasts daily at 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. KXMC produces a morning show at 6 a.m., KX News Morning, and co-produces a 5 p.m. newscast with KXMB. Both are simulcast on all four stations. All of the local newscasts are broadcast in high definition.
For many years, KXMD placed inserts into KXMC"s newscasts. However, recent cutbacks have resulted in KXMD"s operations being largely merged with those of KXMC, and local inserts have been eliminated.
As a whole, KX Television has long trailed KFYR-TV in the ratings by a significant margin; the main stations and their satellites are counted as one station for ratings and regulatory purposes. However, KXMC has historically been well ahead of KMOT in the ratings for the northern part of the market. This is largely because it is the only station airing a full schedule of local news for the northern part of the market. Also, KX News Morning has recently surged well ahead of NBC North Dakota"s Country Morning Today--the first time in recent memory that NBC North Dakota has lost consecutive ratings periods in any time slot.
*KXNet.com - Official Website
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