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(semi-satellites of KFYR-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota)
KMOT logoKUMV logo
KMOT: Minot, North Dakota
KUMV: Williston, North Dakota
United States
NBC North Dakota
Slogan Your News Leader
Channels Digital:
KMOT: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 10.1/8.1 NBC
10.2/8.2 Fox
10.3/8.3 Me-TV
Translators KXND-LD 38.1 Williston (relays KUMV-DT2)
Affiliations NBC (primary until 1986; exclusive 1986-present)
Owner Gray Television
(Gray Television Licensee, LLC)
First air date KMOT: January 23, 1958 (1958-01-23)
KUMV: February 6, 1957 (1957-02-06)
Call letters' meaning KMOT: MinOT
Former channel number(s) Analog:
10 (VHF, 1958-2009)
8 (VHF, 1957-2009)
Former affiliations Secondary:
ABC (1958-1986)
Transmitter power KMOT: 7.69 kW
KUMV: 6 kW
Height KMOT: 207 m
KUMV: 323 m
Facility ID KMOT: 41425
KUMV: 41429
Transmitter coordinates

48°12′55.3″N 101°19′7.8″W / 48.215361°N 101.318833°W / 48.215361; -101.318833

48°8′2.3″N 103°51′37.9″W / 48.133972°N 103.860528°W / 48.133972; -103.860528 (KUMV-TV)
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: / KUMV-TV
semi-satellites of KFYR-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota) Profile
semi-satellites of KFYR-TV,
Bismarck, North Dakota) CDBS

KMOT, channel 10, is the NBC-affiliated television station for Minot, North Dakota. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 10 (or virtual channel 10.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter at its studios on the intersection of 16th Street SW and 18th Avenue SW in Minot. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 7 in the Minot area, cable channel 10 in most other areas and SRT cable channel 9.

There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 607 and SRT digital channel 509. KMOT is owned by Gray Television. KMOT is one of two full-fledged NBC stations in the NBC North Dakota network of NBC affiliates in western North Dakota, along with Bismarck's KFYR-TV.

Although operated as a separate station in its own right, KMOT is actually considered a semi-satellite of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, which also has semi-satellite KQCD-TV in Dickinson. It clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but airs separate newscasts, station identifications, and commercial inserts. KFYR and KQCD serve the southern portion of the Bismarck/Minot market while KMOT and KUMV serve the northern portion. The stations along with sister NBC affiliate KVLY-TV and CBS affiliate KXJB-TV in Fargo often share news stories. Master control and some internal operations of KMOT and KUMV are based at KFYR's facilities in Bismarck. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

KUMV-TV, channel 8, in Williston, North Dakota operates as a semi-satellite of KMOT. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 8 (or virtual channel 8.1 via PSIP) from a transmitter west of Williston near the North Dakota/Montana border. KUMV identifies itself as a station in its own right, but simulcasts all programming from KMOT. However, KUMV airs local news inserts into KMOT's weeknight newscasts, airs separate commercials and station identifications. The station maintains its studios and advertising sales office at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 2 Business) and 6th Street East in Williston. The Montana portion KUMV's viewing area is within the Mountain time zone, and the station airs 6 p.m. starts to primetime rather than the usual 7 p.m. for the time zone. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent cable channel 5 in Williston, and cable channel 8 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent digital channel 605.

The over-the-air signals of KMOT and KUMV reach portions of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, but are no longer available on any cable systems there. KUMV also serves as the NBC affiliate for the Glendive, Montana market through cable television; until 2013, it operated a translator, K13PL in that city. CBS affiliate KXGN-TV in Glendive also has a digital subchannel carrying NBC programming, but it is not associated with KUMV and airs separate programming that includes newscasts from Billings NBC affiliate KULR-TV.

Syndicated programming on KMOT/KUMV includes Access Hollywood, The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, The Insider, Jeopardy!, Live! with Kelly and Michael, Wheel of Fortune, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, among others.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[1][2]
x.1 1080i 16:9 KMOT-DT
Main programming / NBC
x.2 Fox
x.3 480i 4:3 Me-TV

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KMOT shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 10, on January 19, 2009. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 58, which was among the high band channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 10 for post-transition operations.[3]

KUMV-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on February 16, 2009, the day prior to the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were set to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate (which was later rescheduled for June 12, 2009). The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 52, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition, to its analog-era VHF channel 8 for post-transition operations.[4]


KUMV signed on February 6, 1957. The Upper Missouri Valley Television Corporation won the initial license in 1955, but soon afterward the Federal Communications Commission collapsed all of central and western North Dakota into one giant television market. Accordingly, the station was sold to the Meyer family of Bismarck, owners of KFYR-TV, just before it signed on. It was a semi-satellite of KFYR for a year, until it became a semi-satellite of KMOT.

KMOT signed on January 23, 1958[1] as the third station in the Meyer group.

Until KBMY/KMCY signed on in 1986, the Meyer stations carried a secondary affiliation with ABC. Until KXMD signed on in 1969, KUMV carried CBS on a per-program basis.

In the late 1970s, KUMV became one of the first stations to be transmitted via terrestrial cable television into most of Saskatchewan; it even maintained a sales office in Saskatoon, as did KXMD and ABC affiliate KFBB-TV of Great Falls, Montana. This arrangement continued until 1986 when the signal was replaced by a satellite signal from WDIV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.

The Meyers sold off their broadcast holdings in 1997, with the television stations going to Sunrise Television Corporation. Sunrise sold them to The Wicks Group of Companies of New York City in 2002.

Hoak Media bought KFYR-TV, KMOT, KUMV, and KQCD in July 2006, as well as KVLY-TV and KXJB-TV (LMA with Catamount Broadcasting) of Fargo and KSFY of Sioux Falls and its satellite stations. On November 17, 2006, the sale was approved by the FCC.

On January 19, 2009, KMOT began operation as a digital-only station on its existing channel frequency. KUMV began broadcasting digital-only on February 16, 2009.[5]

KMOT and KUMV picked up Me-TV in April 2013, with an official launch date of May 1, 2013. [6]

On November 20, 2013, Hoak announced the sale of most of its stations, including KMOT and KUMV-TV, to Gray Television. Concurrently with the deal, Excalibur Broadcasting announced the purchase of KXND from Prime Cities Broadcasting; that station will be operated by Gray under a shared services agreement, making it a sister station to KMOT/KUMV.[7] The sale was completed on June 13.[8]


KMOT produces its own newscasts from Monday through Friday weekdays at 6 pm and 10 pm, and rebroadcasts KFYR-TV's other newscasts.

KUMV airs its own newscasts from Monday through Friday at 6 pm and 10 pm. The first 10 minutes (which includes regional news and weather) originate at KMOT in Minot. KUMV has its own news and sports anchor who fill the remaining 20 minutes. It simulcasts KMOT/KFYR's other newscasts.

From 2002 to 2007, KMOT was forced to cut its newscasts to 20 minutes while simulcasting the first 10 minutes of KFYR-TV's 6 pm and 10 pm newscasts, much as KUMV does now. In January 2007, KMOT began broadcasting a full half-hour of news at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m once again. It also added a weatherman and photographer/reporter to the staff.

The stations occasionally share stories with co-owned KVLY. The five stations simulcast key North Dakota sport events under the NBC North Dakota brand name and share certain equipment, such as remote broadcasting vehicles.

NBC North Dakota has long dominated the ratings in western North Dakota as a whole; the main stations and their semi-satellites count as one station for ratings and regulatory purposes. However, KMOT has spent most of its history as a distant runner-up to KXMC-TV in the northern half of the market.

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