KXMD-TV, channel 11, is the CBS affiliate for Williston, North Dakota. The station operates as a semi-satellite of KXMC-TV in Minot, North Dakota. 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.
Although operated as a separate station in its own right, KXMD is actually considered a semi-satellite of KXMC-TV in Minot, North Dakota, which is the former flagship (broadcasting) and one of two full-fledged stations of the four station KX Television state network. Programming, master control and internal operations for the entire KX network is provided by Bismarck, North Dakota"s KXMB-TV, which airs mostly separate local news programming from KXMC/KXMD and simulcasts it on KXMA-TV in Dickinson, North Dakota. The KX network relays CBS network programming and other programs across central and western North Dakota, as well as bordering counties in Montana and South Dakota. KXMD clears all network and television syndication programming as provided through its parent but airs separate station identifications and commercial inserts. KXMD serves the northwestern portion of the Bismarck/Minot media market. The four stations along with American Broadcasting Company affiliates WDAY-TV in Fargo, North Dakota and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, North Dakota often share news stories. The four stations are counted as a single unit for Nielsen ratings purposes.
The over-the-air signal of KXMD reaches 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.
Broadcast syndication programming on KXMD includes Dr. Phil (TV series), The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Friends, Rachael Ray (TV series), among others. KXMD"s second digital subchannel simulcasts Minot, North Dakota"s American Broadcasting Company affiliate KMCY.
KXMD-TV shut down its analog signal over Very high frequency channel 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. The station"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.
KXMD signed on in November 1969 as a semi-satellite of KXMC-TV in Minot, North Dakota. Previously, Williston viewers had to pick up CBS programming on cable from KOOK-TV in Billings, Montana (now KTVQ), although KUMV-TV 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 previously 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.
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. KMCY became available in Williston on a full-power signal on KXMD"s second digital subchannel in 2009.
The North Dakota State Fair parade in Minot is aired live every July.
The KX network carries CBS News Up To The Minute (though with public service announcements instead of local commercials), while weekends simulcast the local weather conditions of North Dakota. All four stations provide a formal sign-off, including The Star Spangled Banner, every night at 1:05 a.m. CT/12:05 a.m. MT Tuesday-Saturday mornings and at 1:35 a.m. CT/12:35 a.m. MT on Sunday and Monday mornings.
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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