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|Branding||KMID Big 2 (general)
Big 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We're Big On YOU|
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)
Virtual: 2 (PSIP)
|Affiliations||ABC (primary since 1981; secondary 1953-1958)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||December 18, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||MIDland|
|Former callsigns||KMID-TV (1953-1992)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
KMID is the ABC affiliated television station in Midland-Odessa, Texas, owned and operated by Nexstar Broadcasting Group, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas. KMID was acquired by Nexstar in 2000. Syndicated programming on KMID includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, and AgDay. KMID's studio is adjacent to Midland International Airport just off US Highway 80 about 10 miles west of downtown Midland, roughly halfway between Midland and Odessa. The transmitter is located near Gardendale, Texas.
KMID-TV went on the air on December 18, 1953; making it the longest running station in the Midland/Odessa market. It carried programming from all four networks, but was a primary NBC affiliate. It lost CBS to KOSA-TV in 1956 and lost ABC to KWES-TV then known as KVKM) in 1958. In 1981, KMID became an ABC affiliate when it swapped its NBC affiliation with channel 9 (KTPX at the time).
For many years, KMID was known as "Big 2", but adopted the "ABC2" moniker in early 2004. However, in part because many Permian Basin residents still called the station "Big 2," that nickname was revived in 2009.
Back in 2003, KMID dropped weekend evening newscasts, making it the third-watched newscast in the Permian Basin. Though in late 2006, Sunday night news broadcasts were reinstated.
On April 24, 2013, Communications Corporation of America announced the sale of its entire group to Nexstar. KPEJ will be sold to Mission Broadcasting. Nexstar will operate KPEJ under shared services agreement, forming a duopoly with KMID. The sale is pending Federal Communications Commission approval.
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|2.1||720p||16:9||KMID-DT||Main KMID programming / ABC|
Currently, a 16:9 aspect ratio in HD is only available for some pass through ABC network programming. Local programming such as news is still in a 4:3 aspect ratio producing annoying vertical black bars on the left and right side of a 16:9 aspect ratio high definition television's screen. This is another reason why KMID's news broadcast ranks far behind the CBS and NBC full high definition local news broadcast affiliates in the Permian Basin.
KMID 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 26. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 2.
Notable former on-air staff
- PermianBasin360.com - Official Website
- Nexstar Broadcasting Group: KMID Station Profile
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMID
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMID-TV