|Channels||Digital: 29 (UHF)|
|Owner||The Uhlmann Company
(managed by Intermountain West Communications Company; sale to Gray Television pending)
(Rocky Mountain Broadcasting Company)
|Founded||September 16, 1996|
|First air date||August 1998|
|Call letters' meaning||MonTana
Fox (former affiliation)
|Former callsigns||KAQR (1996-1997)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
10 (VHF, 1998-2009)
|Former affiliations||Independent (1996-1998)
Pax TV (2001-2005)
The WB (2005-2006)
|Transmitter power||43.4 kW|
KMTF is a television station in Helena, Montana, broadcasting locally on digital channel 29 (virtual channel 10) as an affiliate of The CW. KMTF is owned by The Uhlmann Company, under the license name Rocky Mountain Broadcasting Company, and managed by Intermountain West Communications Company, who also owns KTVH-DT. KMTF's ownership includes the daughter of Intermountain West Communications Company's owner and founder. The arrangement is set up in such a way so as to circumvent FCC rules regarding ownership of competing stations by the same entity. KMTF and KTVH are housed in the same building in Helena, and share several resources, including engineering and production staff. KMTF broadcasts programming from The CW Plus with minimal local branding, a practice common in low-population areas. A single person maintains the legally required presence of a general manager, but their job consists primarily of creating the locally branded content inserted over the satellite signal.
The station was originally licensed on September 16, 1996 as KAQR, an independent station, but in 1997, the station changed its call letters to KBCC. In 1998, the station changed its call letters again to KMTF and started broadcasting in August of that year as the local Fox affiliate. In 2001, due to low ratings, the station dropped the Fox affiliation and became an affiliate of Pax TV. After KMTF's affiliation agreement with Pax TV expired in 2005, the station switched to The WB, as part of The WB 100+ Station Group. In September 2006, KMTF became the affiliate for The CW and become part of The CW Plus, the successor of The WB 100+ Station Group.
On May 7, 2014, Intermountain West Communications Company announced that it would sell KTVH-DT to Gray Television. As part of the deal, Gray will also acquire KMTF outright through a failing station waiver.
- "Gray Buys Three Montana Stations". TVNewsCheck. May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014.
- CWHelena.com - Official Website
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMTF
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMTF-TV
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