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KBMY: Bismarck, North Dakota
KMCY: Minot, North Dakota
United States
Branding KBMY/KMCY (general)
WDAY/WDAZ News (newscasts)
Channels Digital:
KBMY: 17 (UHF) /
KXMA-DT 19.4
KMCY: 14 /
KXMD-DT 14.4 (UHF)
KBMY: 17 (PSIP) /
KMCY: 14 (PSIP) /
Subchannels 17.1/14.1 ABC
17.3/14.3 WDAY'Z Xtra
Affiliations ABC
Owner Forum Communications
(JSA with Reiten Television)
First air date KBMY: March 31, 1985 (1985-03-31)
KMCY: June 1985 (1985-06)[1]
Call letters' meaning

Bismarck/Mandan Y

Magic CitY
(nickname of Minot)
Sister station(s) WDAY-AM, WDAY-TV, WDAZ-TV
Former channel number(s) Analog:
17 (UHF, 1985–2009)
14 (UHF, 1985–2009)
Transmitter power KBMY: 94.5 kW
KMCY: 40 kW
Height KBMY: 290 m
KMCY: 217 m
Facility ID KBMY: 22121
KMCY: 22127
Transmitter coordinates KBMY:
46°35′15″N 100°48′20″W / 46.58750°N 100.80556°W / 46.58750; -100.80556 (KBMY)
48°3′11″N 101°23′5″W / 48.05306°N 101.38472°W / 48.05306; -101.38472 (KMCY)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KMCY Profile

KBMY, channel 17, is the ABC-affiliated television station for Bismarck, North Dakota. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 17 (or virtual channel 17.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter near St. Anthony. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 8 in Bismarck/Mandan, Midcontinent cable channel 17 in Dickinson, Consolidated Telcom cable channel 3 in Dickinson and varied cable channels in surrounding areas.

There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 608 in Bismarck/Mandan, digital channel 617 in Dickinson and Consolidated Telcom digital channel 303 in Dickinson. Owned by Forum Communications of Fargo, KBMY's master control and internal operations are based at the facilities of fellow ABC affiliate WDAY-TV in Fargo. Under a joint sales agreement with Reiten Television, sales are handled by CBS affiliate KXMB-TV at its studios on North 15th Street in Bismarck.

KMCY, channel 14, in Minot, North Dakota operates as a semi-satellite of KBMY for the northern portion of the Bismarck/Minot market. KMCY simulcasts all network and syndicated programming from KBMY, but airs separate commercials and station identifications. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 14 (or virtual channel 14.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter southwest of Minot. Master control is based in Fargo, while the station's sales are handled by CBS affiliate KXMC-TV at their studios on the intersection of 2nd Street SE and 18th Avenue SE in Minot. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 9 in Minot and surrounding areas, Midcontinent cable channel 7 in Williston, SRT cable channel 11 and varied cable channels in surrounding areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 609 (607 in Williston) and SRT digital channel 511.

KBMY is simulcast on KXMA-TV's subchannel 2.2 in Dickinson and KMCY is simulcast on KXMD-TV's subchannel 11.2 in Williston. Forum Communications owns all four ABC stations in North Dakota – flagship station WDAY-TV in Fargo, WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, KBMY and KMCY.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channel[edit]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2][3]
720p 16:9 KBMY-DT
Main KBMY/KMCY programming / ABC
480i KBMY-WX
(WDAY-WDAZ Storm Tracker/WDAY Radio/Local Sports)

WDAY'Z Xtra is a digital subchannel carried on WDAY-TV 6.3 in Fargo, WDAZ 8.3 in Grand Forks, KBMY 17.3, and KMCY 14.3. This subchannel airs Doppler weather radar and WDAY/WDAZ "Storm Tracker" weather loop with the audio of Fargo's WDAY radio, but also broadcasts area high school sports. It is offered on Midcontinent cable channel 596. KBMY and KMCY began carrying this subchannel in 2013.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KMCY shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on February 10, 2009. The station "flash-cut" its digital signal into operation on its analog-era UHF channel 14.[4] KBMY's broadcasts went digital-only on June 12, 2009.[5]


KBMY signed on for the first time on March 31, 1985; bringing the full ABC schedule to western North Dakota and eastern Montana for the first time ever, making this area one of the last in the nation with full network service. KMCY followed on June 19. Before 1985, ABC was limited to off-hours clearances on KX Television (KXMC/KXMD/KXMB/KXMA) and Meyer Television (KFYR/KQCD/KMOT/KUMV). Some rural cable subscribers in western North Dakota received ABC programming from KULR-TV (now NBC) from Billings, KFBB-TV from Great Falls, KOTA-TV from Rapid City or KUSA-TV in Denver. In the eastern half of the market, cable systems in Minot piped in WDAZ-TV, while cable systems in Bismarck piped in WDAY-TV.

Later in the decade, KBMY signed on two low-powered translators to serve the smaller cities in the market, K44HR in Williston and K42FY in Dickinson. Prior to K44HR's inception, cable television subscribers in the Williston area received Denver's ABC affiliate—KUSA-TV prior to 1995 and KMGH-TV after 1995—for ABC programming. Dickinson, located in the Mountain Time Zone, also received KMGH until K42FY signed on. The Dickinson station directly repeated KBMY, while the Williston station repeated KMCY.

Former logo as "ABC West".

From the 1990s until 2007, KBMY and KMCY were known collectively as "ABC West". That year, the stations changed their monikers in favor of the station identities for their area. From 2002 until 2008, KBMY/KMCY was operated by Prime Cities Broadcasting, owner of western North Dakota's Fox affiliate, KNDX/KXND, in a local marketing agreement. The LMA allowed KBMY/KMCY to share the facilities, staff, and some equipment of KNDX/KXND.

The LMA with KNDX/KXND ended in 2008, with Forum opting to partner with Reiten Television in KBMY/KMCY's local operations via a joint sales agreement. Most operations have been consolidated at Forum's flagship station, WDAY-TV in Fargo. Forum still has some advertising sales and engineering staff for KBMY/KMCY in Bismarck, but they are now housed at the studios of KXMB-TV. KBMY and KMCY's programming is transported from WDAY-TV's studios to Bismarck via leased microwave relay bandwidth furnished by Prairie Public Broadcasting's statewide digital terrestrial microwave network (the only permanent full-time video link from Fargo to Bismarck for television broadcasting). The signal is then sent to KXMB, where it then is exported via a studio to transmitter link (STL) from KXMB's studios to KBMY and KMCY's transmitters.

As part of the JSA with Reiten, KBMY/KMCY were picked up on the digital subchannels of KX Television satellites KXMA-TV in Dickinson and KXMD-TV in Williston starting in May 2009. The translators serving Dickinson and Williston went off-air.

News and Programming[edit]

The stations do not produce much local content, serving mainly as "pass-throughs" for automated programming. KBMY/KMCY formerly aired Good Morning West Dakota, a 30-minute morning show produced by Bismarck radio station KBMR, which was the only local newscast on the stations; as of 2014, this program no longer airs. Local cut-ins during Good Morning America are broadcast from WDAY-TV's studios.

The only full-length newscasts on the stations are statewide newscasts produced at WDAY-TV. WDAY's Sunday 5:30 p.m. (Central Time) statewide newscast debuted in February 2014.[6] First News broadcasts during weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Central Time) debuted in April 2014, and the stations began airing WDAY's 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) weekday newscast in August 2014.

KBMY and KMCY sign off in the overnight hours; as a result, ABC's overnight news program, World News Now, is not broadcast. The stations also pre-empt the network's NBA pre-game show NBA Countdown to carry paid programming.

Syndicated programming on KBMY/KMCY includes America's Funniest Home Videos, Extra, Friends, Judge Judy, The Simpsons, among others.


  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says KMCY signed on June 22, while the Television and Cable Factbook says it signed on June 19.
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KBMY
  3. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KMCY
  4. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  5. ^ http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2009/02/07/news/local/175963.txt
  6. ^ "Fargo TV station starting statewide broadcast". The Bismarck Tribune. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 

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