KTMF

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KTMF
KTMF/KTMF-LD logos
Missoula, Montana
United States
Branding ABC Montana
Fox Montana (DT2)
Channels Digital: 23 (UHF)
Virtual: 23 (PSIP)
Subchannels 23.1 ABC
23.2 Fox
Translators KTMF-LD 42 Kalispell
K19GD-D Kalispell
K14LT-D Polson
K11KE Woods Bay
Affiliations ABC
Owner Cowles Publishing Company
(Cowles Montana Media Company)
First air date November 16, 1991; 22 years ago (1991-11-16)
Former channel number(s) Analog:
23 (UHF, 1991-2009)
Digital: 36 (UHF)
Transmitter power 92.6 kW
Height 642 m
Facility ID 14675
Transmitter coordinates 47°1′10″N 114°0′46″W / 47.01944°N 114.01278°W / 47.01944; -114.01278
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile
CDBS
Website www.abcmontana.com

KTMF is a full-service television station in Missoula, Montana, broadcasting locally in digital on UHF channel 23 as an affiliate of ABC. Founded April 12, 1989, the station is owned by Cowles Publishing Company. The station's signal is rebroadcast on station KTMF-LD channel 42 in Kalispell and on three other low-power translator stations in the Flathead Lake area of northwestern Montana.

History[edit]

On April 12, 1989, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted an original construction permit to Continental Television Network (CTN) for a full-service station on channel 23 to serve Missoula. The station, at first known by its application identification number, 881130KG, soon took the call letters KLFV, but before the station went on air, had changed calls again, this time to KTMF. The station was issued a license on February 28, 1991 and signed on later that year. This made Missoula one of the last cities in the nation to get full service from all three major networks. Previously, ABC had been relegated to limited clearances on KECI-TV and KPAX-TV, or via cable from KXLY-TV in Spokane.

In February 2001, CTN sold KTMF, along with the then-KTMF-LP in Kalispell, KWYB in Butte, KWYB-LD in Bozeman and KTGF in Great Falls, to Max Media of Montana. They were the first television station acquisitions in Montana for Max Media.

CTN aired no news on its stations, but soon after Max Media acquired the stations, they began to make plans for a regional newscast for KTMF and its other stations, to debut in early 2002.[1] They launched the newscast, produced by Independent News Network of Davenport, Iowa and branded Big Sky News, in October 2002, [2] but the newscast generated controversy, in part because it tried to simultaneously serve the needs of five communities over 200 miles (322 km) apart, and in part because the newscast did not actually originate in Montana, but rather, in a city approximately 1,175 miles (1,900 km) away, with only one reporter actually assigned to and located in Missoula.

Max Media launched another attempt at a regional newscast for KTMF and its other stations in February 2005, this time branded Montana News Network but this time it was produced out of KFBB in Great Falls.

On September 30, 2013, the Cowles Publishing Company acquired Max Media's Montana television station cluster (KTMF, fellow ABC affiliates KWYB/Butte, KFBB-TV/Great Falls, KHBB-LD/Helena and NBC affiliate KULR-TV/Helena) for $18 million.[3][4] The sale was completed on November 29.[5]

KTMF-LD history[edit]

On January 6, 1992, the FCC granted an original construction permit to CTN for a low-power station on channel 59 to serve Kalispell. The station was given callsign K59EQ and after an expired construction permit and a couple of extensions of the new permit, K59EQ was licesnsed on July 11, 1995. The station changed its calls to KTMF-LP later in the same year.

In February 2001, CTN sold the station to Max Media of Montana as part of the same transaction as KTMF and participated in the same newscasts as KTMF. KTMF-LP was granted a permit to move to channel 42 in October 2003 and as of August 2006, the station had completed the move, but had not applied for a license to operate on the new channel.

On May 27, 2010, KTMF-LP was granted a construction permit to flash-cut from analog to digital on channel 42. On January 4, 2013, the station changed its call sign to KTMF-LD. [6]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[7]
23.1 720p 16:9 KTMF-DT Main KTMF programming / ABC
23.2 KTMF-D2 KTMF-DT2 / Fox

On September 26, 2001, the FCC granted a construction permit to build KTMF-DT on UHF channel 36. The station received Special Temporary Authority (STA) on April 22, 2001 to broadcast at reduced power. KTMF has elected to remain on channel 23 once the transition to digital television is completed.

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KTMF shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23, on February 17, 2009, the original date in which full-power television stations in the United States were to transition from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 36 to its analog-era UHF channel 23 for post-transition operations.[8]

KTMF airs Fox programming on a subchannel.[9]

News operation[edit]

As an ABC affiliate, KTMF airs most of the network schedule. ABC's 6:30 PM network newscast, World News with Diane Sawyer, airs at 5:00 PM on KTMF (Montana is in the Mountain Time Zone, two hours behind the East Coast.) KTMF airs Nightline one-half hour after the 10 PM local evening news ends and fills the overnight schedule with World News Now and America This Morning.

KTMF (ABC) broadcast very little local news and aired 10@10, a 10-minute newscast summarizing local weather and sports. The station did start a news operation in August 2012, with a 9 p.m. newscast planned to launch on its Fox subchannel by September.[10]

In October, 2012 FOX Montana KTMF's subchannel launched the FOX Montana News @ 9. Later on in 2013, they expanded to ABC to launching a newscast 5:30 on March 4, 2013.

Newscast Titles[edit]

Slogans

  • ABC FOX Montana News (2012 - 2014)
  • A New Leader is Emerging (2014 - present)

Titles

  • ABC Montana Local News
  • FOX Montana Local News

Newscasts

  • Wake up Montana (2014 - present)
  • FOX Montana Local News at 9 (2012 - present)
  • ABC Montana Local News at 5:30 (2013 - present)
  • ABC Montana Local News at 10:00 (2014-present)

Current personalities[edit]

News anchors

  • Angela Marshall - weeknights at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; also producer and assignment editor
  • Sarah Gravlee - weeknights at 9:00 p.m. (KTMF-DT2); also news director

News Reporters

  • Jackie Coffin - general assignment reporter
  • Ashley Sanchez - general assignment reporter
  • Parker Collins - general assignment reporter
  • Spencer Conlin - general assignment reporter
  • Nessa Wright - general assignment reporter

The Weather Authority

  • Dave Cochran - chief meteorologist; weekdays at 5:30, 10:00 p.m. (KTMF-DT1) and 9:00 p.m.

SWX

  • Dominic Sheldon - sports director; weekdays at 5:30, 10:00 p.m. (KTMF-DT1) and 9:00 p.m. (KTMF-DT2)
  • Shaun Rainey - sports reporter; also news reporter

Translators[edit]

KTMF can be seen in other parts of western Montana on the following translator stations:

References[edit]

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