KXMC-TV
Semi-satellite of KXMB-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota
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Channels
BrandingKXMC CBS 13 (general)
KX Television (regional)
KX News (newscasts)
Programming
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
KXMB-TV, KXMA-TV, KXMD-TV
History
First air date
April 3, 1953 (69 years ago) (1953-04-03)
Former call signs
KCJB-TV (1953–1958)
Former channel number(s)
  • Analog:
  • 13 (VHF, 1953–2009)
  • Digital:
  • 45 (UHF, 2003–2009)
Both secondary:
ABC (1953–1986)
NTA (1956–1961)
Call sign meaning
KX Television Magic City
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID55685
ERP16.1 kW
HAAT334 m (1,096 ft)
Transmitter coordinates48°3′0″N 101°23′32″W / 48.05000°N 101.39222°W / 48.05000; -101.39222 (KXMC-TV)
Links
Public license information
Websitewww.kxnet.com

KXMC-TV (channel 13) is a television station in Minot, North Dakota, United States, affiliated with CBS and The CW Plus. Owned by Nexstar Media Group, the station has studios at the intersection of 2nd Street SE and 18th Avenue SE in Minot, and its transmitter is located near South Prairie.

KXMC-TV is the oldest station and served as the flagship of the KX Television regional network until the 2000s, when master control and internal operations were moved to the studios of KXMB-TV (channel 12) on North 15th Street in Bismarck. While being one of two full-fledged stations of the KX network, KXMC is actually considered a semi-satellite of KXMB. It clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but airs separate local newscasts, local identifications, and commercial inserts. KXMD-TV (channel 11) in Williston simulcasts KXMC while KXMA-DT2 (channel 2.2) in Dickinson simulcasts KXMB. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes. Dish Network only provides KXMC, while DirecTV only provides KXMB, as central and western North Dakota's CBS affiliate.

The over-the-air signal of KXMC reaches portions of the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

History

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 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.

Boler sold his interest in the KX stations to Reiten in 1971. Reiten retired in the 1990s and turned over his interest to his five children: Steve Reiten, Dave Reiten, Kathleen Reiten Hruby, Tim Reiten, and Melanie Reiten Shonkwiler. Tim served as company president.

The KX stations formerly had a secondary affiliation with ABC before full-time ABC affiliate KMCY signed on in 1986. During the late 1950s, the stations were also briefly affiliated with the NTA Film Network.[1]

Until 1986, KXMD was carried by cable systems across neighboring Saskatchewan, even operating a sales office in Saskatoon, as did KUMV and Great Falls 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" moniker 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, then anchorman/reporter 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.[2]

Nexstar Broadcasting Group announced its $44 million purchase of the Reiten Television stations, including KXMC-TV, on September 17, 2015.[3] Sale was completed on February 2, 2016.[4] As result of the acquisition, Nexstar terminated the Joint Sales Agreement with KMCY.[5]

Programming

Syndicated programming on KXMC includes Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, and Rachael Ray, among others.

The North Dakota State Fair parade in Minot is aired live every July as well as a July 4th Parade in Mandan.

The KX network carries the CBS Overnight News (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", at 1:05 a.m. CT/12:05 a.m. MT Tuesday through Saturday mornings and at 1:35 a.m. CT/12:35 a.m. MT on Sunday and Monday mornings.

News operation

For many years, KXMC and KXMB produced separate daily local newscasts at noon, 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on weekdays, 6 and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 p.m. on Sundays. However, after Nexstar bought the KX stations, KXMC's noon and weeknight newscasts, as well as all weekend newscasts, were dropped. It now places sports and weather inserts into KXMB's newscasts in those timeslots.

KXMC co-produces two newscasts with KXMB—a morning show at 6 a.m., Good Day Dakota (formerly KX News Morning) and a 5 p.m. newscast. Both are simulcast on all four stations.

KXMD simulcasts KXMC, while KXMA simulcasts KXMB. 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 NBC North Dakota 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 was largely because it was the only station airing a full schedule of local news for the northern part of the market. Also, Good Day Dakota has recently surged well ahead of NBC North Dakota's Country Morning Today—the only time in recent memory that NBC North Dakota has lost consecutive ratings periods in any time slot.

Technical information

Subchannels

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect Short name Programming[6]
13.1 1080i 16:9 KXMC-HD Main KXMC-TV programming / CBS
13.2 720p KXMC-WX North Dakota CW[7]
13.3 480i 4:3 Laff
13.4 Ion Mystery

Analog-to-digital conversion

KXMC-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 13, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 45 to VHF channel 13 for post-transition operations.[8][9]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Require Prime Evening Time for NTA Films", Boxoffice: 13, November 10, 1956
  2. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Josh Duhamel calls KXMC to pledge support for Minot". YouTube.
  3. ^ "Nexstar Buys 4 North Dakota Stations". TVNewsCheck. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  4. ^ Consummation Notice - Federal Communications Commission
  5. ^ Application for Consent to Assignment of Broadcast Station Construction Permit or License - Federal Communications Commission
  6. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXMC
  7. ^ "KX Adds the CW to Western North Dakota". July 2016.
  8. ^ http://www.kxmc.com/News/329365.asp
  9. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.