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(semi-satellite of KXMB-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota)
KXMA logo
Dickinson, North Dakota
United States
Branding KXMA CBS 2 (general)
KX Television (regional)
KX News (newscasts)
Slogan Your Eye on Dakota
Channels Digital: 19 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
Subchannels 2.1 CBS
2.2 ABC (via KBMY)
2.3 KX Weather Channel
Affiliations CBS
Owner Reiten Television, Inc.
First air date October 15, 1956 (1956-10-15)
Call letters' meaning KX Television
Sister station(s) KXMB-TV, KXMC-TV, KXMD-TV
Former callsigns KDIX-TV (1956-1983)
KNDX (1983-1985)
Former channel number(s) Analog: 2 (VHF, 1956-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary: ABC (1956-1986), NBC (1956-1983)
Transmitter power 150 kW
Height 217 m
Facility ID 55684
Transmitter coordinates 46°43′35″N 102°54′57″W / 46.72639°N 102.91583°W / 46.72639; -102.91583 (KXMA-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information:
semi-satellite of KXMB-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota) Profile

semi-satellite of KXMB-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota) CDBS
Website www.kxnet.com

KXMA-TV, channel 2, is the CBS affiliate for Dickinson, North Dakota. The station operates as a semi-satellite of KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 19 (or virtual channel 2.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter southwest of Dickinson. KXMA identifies itself as a station in its own right, but airs a time-shifted simulcast of KXMB in Mountain Time. However, KXMA airs separate commercials and station identifications. The station maintains a news bureau and advertising sales office at the intersection of West Villard Street and State Avenue North in Dickinson. As Dickinson uses Mountain Time, KXMA airs 6 p.m. starts to primetime rather than the usual 7 p.m. start for the rest of North Dakota. KXMA can also be seen on Consolidated Telcom cable channel 6 and Midcontinent cable channel 2 in Dickinson, and cable channel 2 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Consolidated Telcom digital channel 306 and Midcontinent digital channel 602.

Although operated as a separate station in its own right, KXMA is actually considered a semi-satellite of KXMB-TV in Bismarck, which is one of two full fledged-stations in the four station KX Television regional network. KXMC-TV in Minot is considered the flagship station of the network, as the station provides master control and some internal operations of the entire network. 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. KXMA clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but airs separate station identifications and commercial inserts. KXMA serves the southwestern portion of the Bismarck/Minot market. The four stations along with ABC affiliates WDAY-TV in Fargo and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks often share news stories. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

Syndicated programming on KXMA includes Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Entertainment Tonight, Friends, Rachael Ray, among others. KXMA's second digital subchannel simulcasts Bismarck's ABC affiliate KBMY.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KXMA-DT Main KXMA-TV programming / CBS
2.2 720p KBMY-DT Simulcast of KBMY / ABC
2.3 480i 4:3 KXMA-WX KX Weather Channel

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KXMA-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 2, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 19.[2] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.


KXMA signed on in 1956 as KDIX-TV, and was owned by the Dickinson Radio and TV Corporation along with KDIX radio. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had combined all of western and central North Dakota into a single market in the mid-1950s, this wouldn't be fully realized for another three decades, mainly because Dickinson is in the Mountain Time Zone. For most of its first decade on the air, KDIX-TV picked up what CBS programs it could under CBS' Extended Market Plan, which served as a go-between for non-interconnected stations. It also aired a few ABC and NBC shows out of pattern.

Then, in 1966, KOTA-TV in Rapid City planned to sign on KHSD-TV (channel 11), a satellite station in Lead, South Dakota; to extend its coverage into northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana. At the time, KOTA-TV held a joint affiliation with CBS and ABC, but slightly favored CBS. Stanley Deck, KDIX's general manager at the time, discovered that Dickinson was close enough to Lead that his engineers could easily get an acceptable signal from KHSD whenever CBS and ABC programming aired. He arranged with the Duhamel family, owners of KOTA, to provide network programming for KHSD. In addition, Deck purchased virtually all the stock in the Dickinson Radio and TV Corporation. The deal took effect when KHSD opened on November 2, 1966; for the next several years, KDIX was practically a separately-owned satellite of KOTA. Then, in 1970, KOTA swapped affiliations with KRSD-TV (a precursor of KEVN-TV) and joined NBC. KDIX-TV still picked up ABC programming from KOTA, and was also able to pick up NBC as well. However, its engineers now had to switch to KXMB's signal for CBS shows. By 1980, KDIX and the the Reiten stations — KXMC-TV, KXMB-TV, and KXMD-TV — were jointly branded as the "4X Network."[3]

In 1983, Deck sold KDIX-TV to the Northern Prairies Broadcasting Company, which owned KOUS-TV (now KHMT) in Billings, and the calls were changed to KNDX. The new owners severed the station's remaining ties with KOTA. Northern Prairies paid so little attention to KNDX that the station's signal quickly deteriorated to the point of unacceptability. With the station on the verge of closing down, the Reitens had to come to KNDX's rescue; they bought the station early in 1985 and changed the calls to KXMA-TV. (It would have been KXME, but Prairie Public Television objected.) Since then, KXMA has been a semi-satellite of KXMB.

Electronic news-gathering unit supporting KXMB and sister stations

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 Sevareid Award for best website small market television in a six state region.

In July 2008, Reiten Television began a joint agreement to sell television commercial slots on both KXMB and KBMY, Bismarck's ABC affiliate owned by Forum Communications Company. KXMB houses sales and engineering personnel solely for KBMY's operations. A consequence of this agreement has enabled KBMY-DT to begin broadcasting in July 2008 directly from KXMB's station, bringing a digital ABC television signal to Bismarck, and became available in Dickinson on a full-power signal on KXMA's second digital subchannel in 2009.

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.


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

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.

News operation[edit]

KXMB produces local newscasts on weekdays at noon, 6 and 10 p.m. Weekend newscasts are produced at 6 and 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 p.m. on Sundays. KXMC produces a morning show at 5 a.m. and co-produces a 5 p.m. newscast with KXMB, broadcast on all four stations. All of the local newscasts are broadcast in high definition.

For many years, KXMA placed inserts into KXMB's newscasts. However, recent cutbacks have resulted in KXMA's operations being largely merged with those of KXMB, 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, KX News Morning 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.

On November 30, 2013, actor Will Ferrell, as a promotion for his film Anchorman 2, co-anchored the station's evening news as his character Ron Burgundy.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KXMA
  2. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ "4X is the NEW North Dakota (advertisment)" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 28, 1980. p. 48. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Will Ferrell anchors North Dakota newscast as 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 

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