KECI-TV

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KECI-TV / KCFW-TV / KTVM-TV
KECI logo
KTVM logo
KTVM logo
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KECI: Missoula, Montana
KCFW: Kalispell, Montana
KTVM: Butte / Bozeman, Montana
United States
Branding KECI 13 / KCFW 9 / KTVM 6
NBC Montana
Slogan Getting the Facts Right
Channels Digital:
KECI: 13 (VHF)
KCFW: 9 (VHF)
KTVM: 6 (VHF)
Virtual:
KECI: 13 (PSIP)
KCFW: 9 (PSIP)
KTVM: 6 (PSIP)
Subchannels 13.1/9.1/6.1 NBC
13.2/9.2/6.1 Me-TV
13.3/9.3/6.3 Movies!
Affiliations NBC (1970-present)
Me-TV (DT2; 2011-present)
Movies! (DT3; 2013-present)
Owner Bonten Media Group, LLC
(BlueStone License Holdings, Inc.)
First air date KECI: July 1, 1954; 60 years ago (1954-07-01)
KCFW: June 10, 1968; 46 years ago (1968-06-10)
KTVM: May 12, 1970; 44 years ago (1970-05-12)
Call letters' meaning KECI:
Eagle
Communications
Incorporated
KCFW:
Kalispell
Columbia Falls
Whitefish
(the three largest towns in its broadcast area)
KTVM:
TeleVision Montana
Former callsigns KECI:
KGVO-TV (1954-1957, 1964-1978)
KMSO-TV (1957-1964)
KCFW: none
KTVM: none
Former channel number(s) Analog:
KECI:
13 (VHF, 1954-2009)
KCFW:
9 (VHF, 1968-2009)
KTVM:
6 (VHF, 1970-2009)
Former affiliations CBS (primary, 1954-c.1970)
ABC (secondary 1954-1991)
PBS (per program, 1976-1984)
This TV
Transmitter power KECI: 30 kW
KCFW: 2.5 kW
KTVM: 11.2 kW
Height KECI: 610 m
KCFW: 850 m
KTVM: 591.3 m
Facility ID KECI: 18084
KCFW: 18079
KTVM: 18066
Transmitter coordinates KECI:
47°1′2.1″N 114°0′50.6″W / 47.017250°N 114.014056°W / 47.017250; -114.014056 (KECI-TV)
KCFW:
48°0′48″N 114°21′59″W / 48.01333°N 114.36639°W / 48.01333; -114.36639 (KCFW-TV)
KTVM:
46°0′27″N 112°26′33″W / 46.00750°N 112.44250°W / 46.00750; -112.44250 (KTVM)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KCFW-TV / KTVM-TV Profile
/ KCFW-TV / KTVM-TV CDBS
Website www.nbcmontana.com

NBC Montana is a network of three television stations in western Montana, all affiliated with NBC.

The flagship station is KECI in Missoula, broadcasting on channel 13. It includes two semi-satellites: KCFW, channel 9 in Kalispell, Montana, and KTVM, channel 6 in Butte, Montana (which also serves Bozeman via a translator. The stations air the same programming most of the time, but KCFW and KTVM air their own commercials as well as partially separate local newscasts.

The combined signal of the three VHF stations and numerous low-power transmitters cover approximately 45 percent of the state. The stations reach an estimated 200,000 households. The coverage area includes Salmon, Idaho, and parts of Alberta, Canada near the U.S.-Canada border.

History[edit]

KECI hit the airwaves on July 1, 1954 as KGVO-TV, owned by Montana broadcasting pioneer Arthur Mosby and his Western Broadcasting Company along with KGVO radio. It shared a studio with its radio sister on West Main Street in downtown Missoula. For a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s it was known as KMSO-TV, but reverted to KGVO-TV in 1964.

Originally, the station carried programming from all three networks, but was a primary CBS affiliate owing to its radio sister's long affiliation with CBS radio. It was the first television station in Montana to be interconnected to the main networks (via a private relay from Spokane). While it was known as KMSO-TV, it was a member of the Skyline Network (now MTN), along with KXLF-TV in Butte, KOOK-TV in Billings (now KTVQ), and KFBB-TV in Great Falls.

Then in March 1966, shortly after KFBB-TV switched over to ABC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) combined Missoula and Butte into a single television market, and KGVO-TV became the combined market's primary CBS affiliate, with a secondary ABC affiliation. However, by the early 1970s, Missoula and Butte had broken off into separate markets again, and channel 13 was a primary NBC affiliate, sharing ABC with KPAX-TV. [1] The switch may have occurred as early as KPAX' sign-on in 1970.

Channel 13 took its current calls in 1978 after KGVO radio was sold off, but is still based in the West Main Street studio. The station offered a few PBS programs, particularly Sesame Street, from 1976 until Montana PBS opened in 1984. It also continued to run ABC in off-hours until KTMF signed on in 1991.

KCFW signed on in 1968 as a semi-satellite of KGVO-TV. It is the only full-power station in the Flathead. KTVM was added in 1970, also as a semi-satellite of KGVO-TV. The Bozeman repeater signed on in 1990.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3][4]
x.1 1080i 16:9 KECI-DT
KCFW-DT
KTVM-DT
Main programming / NBC
x.2 480i 4:3 ME-TV Me-TV
x.3 ThisTV Movies!

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KECI-TV, KCFW-TV & KTVM-TV shut down their analog signals, over VHF channels 13, 9 & 6, on June 12, 2009, and moved their digital signals to their analog VHF channels due to severe local terrain problems with its existing UHF DTV signal in mountainous regions.[5]

Repeaters[edit]

News Presentation[edit]

KCFW studios in Kalispell

NBC Montana currently airs a two-hour morning show from 5 - 7 a.m. weekdays across both markets. NBC Montana Today has traditionally been the highest-rated newscast in its time period in Missoula/Kalispell, and is the longest morning show on the air in the state. The 5 p.m. weekday newscast is a regional broadcast that airs across both markets. At 6 and 10 p.m., KECI/KCFW airs newscasts for Missoula/Kalispell while KTVM broadcasts separate newscasts from its Bozeman studio for the Butte/Bozeman DMA. On the weekends, the 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts air in both markets from the main studio in Missoula, with reporters from each city contributing news content.

On-air staff[edit]

KECI/KCFW Anchors

  • Steve Fetveit - Weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Heidi Meili - Weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
  • Laurel Staples - NBC Montana Today anchor
  • Adam Painter - NBC Montana Today anchor
  • Will Wadley - Weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.

KTVM Anchor

  • Lauren Maschmedt - Weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m

KECI Reporters

  • Emily Adamson
  • Kevin Maki - Ravalli County Bureau Chief
  • Andrea Olson

KTVM Reporters

  • Jordan Moore
  • Grace Ditzler
  • Colin Cashin
  • Jacqueline Gedeon - Butte reporter

KCFW Reporters

  • Kevin Lessard
  • Paige Sedgewick

Weather Team

  • Mark Heyka - Chief Meteorologist
  • Brooke Foster - Morning Meteorologist
  • Matt Gray - Weekend Meteorologist

Missoula - Kalispell Sports

  • Vince Bagby - Sports Director - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Brad Peers - Sports Anchor - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.

Bozeman - Butte Sports

  • Kane O'Neill - Sports Director - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.

Former staff[edit]

  • Andrew Capasso: Butte Reporter, then WTAJ in Pennsylvania, now reporter in Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Andrew Kemp: Former News Director for KTVM
  • Chelsea Rabideau: Now anchor/reporter at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Chris Nettleton: Former Sports Director in Missoula.
  • Christin Ayers: Former Reporter/Executive Producer for KECI. Currently reporter for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, California.
  • Curt Smith: Former Production manager through the 1980s and 1990s KCFW. Now owns and operates Illusion Video in KCFW territories.
  • Dari Nowkhah: Former Sports Director for KCFW. Currently anchor for ESPN SportsCenter.
  • Darnay Tripp: Currently Sports Director at KREM 2 in Spokane, WA.
  • Dax VanFossen: Former Anchor/Producer/Reporter for KCFW. Currently works for KPAX-TV and KOFI-Radio in Kalispell, MT as anchor/reporter.
  • Duane Shimogawa: KCFW reporter, now working at Pacific Business News.
  • Erik Hedlund: Reporter for KECI. Currently works for Kootenai County Police Department.
  • Jackie Bartz: Former reporter for KECI.
  • Jake Zivin: Former Regional Sports Director at NBC Montana. Currently Sports Director at KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR.
  • Jane Watrel: Anchor/Reporter for KECI, also reported for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.
  • Jeff Friedman: Former Sports Director for KTVM.
  • Jennifer Huntley: Later at WWL-TV; now External Relations Coordinator at Washington State Department of Personnel
  • John Keyes: Former Montana Today Meteorologist. Now works at the National Weather Service in Pocatello, ID.
  • Jonathan Athens: Former reporter/anchor for KTVM, also reported for KPTM-TV in Omaha, NE, now at KSWT
  • Julie Rogers: Former reporter for KCFW.
  • Justin Sacher: Former Reporter/Weather Anchor for KECI. Currently meteorologist at KGPE in Fresno, CA.
  • Kayla Anderson: Former Sports Director. Currently Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter for KGUN in Tucson, AZ
  • Kendra Eaglin: Former Reporter for KTVM. Currently a Multi-Media Journalist for WKBW-TV in Buffalo, NY.
  • Laura Papetti: Former Reporter for KCFW. Currently morning/fill-in noon anchor for KREM 2 in Spokane, WA. Wife of Gonzaga Bulldogs TV announcer Greg Heister.
  • Lee Stoll: Former Anchor/Reporter for KCFW. Previously worked for KREM 2 in Spokane, WA as a reporter/fill-in anchor. Currently North Sound Bureau Chief and North Sound Reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle.
  • Meg Oliver: ABC News reporter, former anchor of Up to the Minute, worked as a reporter and anchor at KCFW.
  • Nick LaFave: Reporter in Missoula, later anchor in Bozeman. Now main anchor at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, LA.
  • Ryan Coleman: Former reporter for KECI.
  • Teri Okita: Former weekend anchor/reporter at KECI (1989-92). Also worked at WGMB-TV and WUSA (TV), now a CBS News correspondent.
  • Troy Oppie: Former Sports Director in Missoula.
  • Zach Borg: Former Weekend Sports Anchor for NBC Montana.

News/station presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • NewsCenter
  • NewsCenter Network ( -1997)
  • NBC Montana News (1997-2002)
  • The NewsChannel (2002-2008)
  • NBC Montana (2008-present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • The News Leader (2002-2004)
  • Local, Live, Latebreaking (2004-2008)
  • Earning Your Trust (2008-2010)
  • Getting The Facts Right (2010-Present)
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