|KECI: Missoula, Montana
KCFW: Kalispell, Montana
KTVM: Butte / Bozeman, Montana
|Branding||KECI 13 / KCFW 9 / KTVM 6 & 42
Montana's News Channel
|Slogan||Earning Your Trust, Everyday|
KECI: 13 (VHF)
KCFW: 9 (VHF)
KTVM: 6 (VHF)
|Owner||Bonten Media Group, LLC
(BlueStone License Holdings, Inc.)
|First air date||KECI: July 1, 1954
KCFW: June 10, 1968
KTVM: May 12, 1970
|Call letters' meaning||KECI:
(the three largest towns in its broadcast area)
KGVO-TV (1954-1957, 1964-1978)
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
13 (VHF, 1954-2009)
9 (VHF, 1968-2009)
6 (VHF, 1970-2009)
|Former affiliations||CBS (primary, 1954-c.1970)
ABC (secondary 1954-1991)
PBS (per program, 1976-1984)
|Transmitter power||KECI: 30 kW
KCFW: 2.5 kW
KTVM: 11.2 kW
|Height||KECI: 610 m
KCFW: 850 m
KTVM: 591.3 m
|Facility ID||KECI: 18084
The flagship station is KECI in Missoula, broadcasting on channel 13. It includes two semi-satellites: KCFW, channel 9 in Kalispell, Montana, and KTVM, channel 6 in Butte, Montana (which also serves Bozeman via a translator on channel 42. This is reflected in its "KTVM 6 & 42" branding). The stations air the same programming most of the time, but KCFW and KTVM air their own commercials as well as partially separate local newscasts.
The combined signal of the three VHF stations and numerous low-power transmitters cover approximately 45 percent of the state. The stations reach an estimated 200,000 households. The coverage area includes Salmon, Idaho, and parts of Alberta, Canada near the U.S.-Canada border.
The digital signals of all full-powered NBC Montana stations moved to their analog VHF channels after the 2009 US analog shutdown due to severe local terrain problems with its existing UHF DTV signal in mountainous regions.
KECI hit the airwaves on July 1, 1954 as KGVO-TV, owned by Montana broadcasting pioneer Arthur Mosby and his Western Broadcasting Company along with KGVO radio. It shared a studio with its radio sister on West Main Street in downtown Missoula. For a few years in the late 1950s and early 1960s it was known as KMSO-TV, but reverted to KGVO-TV in 1964.
Originally, the station carried programming from all three networks, but was a primary CBS affiliate owing to its radio sister's long affiliation with CBS radio. It was the first television station in Montana to be interconnected to the main networks (via a private relay from Spokane). While it was known as KMSO-TV, it was a member of the Skyline Network (now MTN), along with KXLF-TV in Butte, KOOK-TV in Billings (now KTVQ), and KFBB-TV in Great Falls.
Then in March 1966, shortly after KFBB-TV switched over to ABC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) combined Missoula and Butte into a single television market, and KGVO-TV became the combined market's primary CBS affiliate, with a secondary ABC affiliation. However, by the early 1970s, Missoula and Butte had broken off into separate markets again, and channel 13 was a primary NBC affiliate, sharing ABC with KPAX-TV.  The switch may have occurred as early as KPAX' sign-on in 1970.
Channel 13 took its current calls in 1978 after KGVO radio was sold off, but is still based in the West Main Street studio. The station offered a few PBS programs, particularly Sesame Street, from 1976 until Montana PBS opened in 1984. It also continued to run ABC in off-hours until KTMF signed on in 1991.
KCFW signed on in 1968 as a semi-satellite of KGVO-TV. It is the only full-power station in the Flathead. KTVM was added in 1970, also as a semi-satellite of KGVO-TV. The Bozeman repeater signed on in 1990.
|Main NBC Montana programming / NBC||13.1||9.1||6.1|
- Boulder — K13KP-D (digital)
- Bozeman — K42BZ-D (digital)
- Bozeman — K34FI-D (digital)
- Dillon — K51DW-D (digital)
- Eureka — K02AO-D (digital)
- Ferndale — K24ID-D (digital)
- Frenchtown — K14IU-D (digital)
- Gallatin River — K09LP
- Grasshopper Valley — K09MY-D (digital)
- Hot Springs — K05AH-D (digital)
- Lake Mcdonald — K05FC-D (digital)
- Libby — K18KD-D (digital)
- Livingston — K63BV
- Plains — K11JP-D (digital)
- Polson — K16GJ-D (digital)
- Pony — K10HZ-D (digital)
- Seeley Lake — K02OL
- St. Regis — K05DS
- Superior — K03DT
- Tendoy/Leadore, Idaho — K27MM-D (digital)
- Three Forks — K35DJ-D (digital)
- Watkins — K09KH-D (digital)
- Weeksville — K29ID-D (digital)
- White Sulphur Springs — K07NU-D (digital)
Missoula - Kalispell Anchors
- Steve Fetveit - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
- Heidi Meili - weeknights at 5, 6, and 10 p.m.
- Maritsa Georgiou - Montana Today anchor; also reporter
- Laurel Staples - Montana Today anchor; also reporter
- Kyle Benjamin - weekends at 5 and 10 p.m.
Bozeman - Butte Anchors
- Lauren Maschmedt - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m
Bozeman - Butte Reporters
- Katherine Mozzone
- Jordan Moore
- Grace Ditzler
- Jacqueline Gedeon
- Rebecca Vogt
- Scott Zoltan
- Emily Adamson
- Vince Bagby
- Kevin Maki
- Will Wadley
- Mark Heyka - chief meteorologist
- Brooke Foster - morning meteorologist
- Adam Painter - weekend meteorologist
Missoula - Kalispell Sports
- Vince Bagby - sports director; anchor weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
Bozeman - Butte Sports
- Kane O'Neill - sports director; anchor weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
- Meg Oliver: anchor of Up to the Minute, worked as a reporter and anchor at KCFW.
- Jeff Friedman: Former Sports Director for KTVM
- Julie Rogers (KCFW)
- Andrew Capasso: Butte Reporter, then WTAJ in Pennsylvania, now reporter in Baton Rouge, LA.
- Jennifer Huntley: later at WWL-TV; now External Relations Coordinator at Washington State Department of Personnel
- Duane Shimogawa: KCFW reporter, now reporter at KHNL in Honolulu.
- Curt Smith: Former Production manager through the 1980s and 1990s KCFW. Now owns and operates Illusion Video in KCFW territories.
- Erik Hedlund: Reporter for KECI. Currently work for Kootenai County Police Department.
- Nick LaFave: Reporter in Missoula, later anchor in Bozeman. Now main anchor at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, LA.
- Chris Nettleton: Former Sports Director in Missoula.
- Troy Oppie: Former Sports Director in Missoula. Now Sports Anchor and Reporter at KBOI-TV in Boise, ID.
- Dax VanFossen: Former Anchor/ Producer/ Reporter for KCFW. Currently works for KPAX-TV and KOFI-Radio in Kalispell, MT as anchor/ reporter.
- Lee Stoll: Former Anchor/Reporter for KCFW. Previously worked for KREM 2 in Spokane, WA as a reporter/fill in anchor. Currently North Sound Bureau Chief and North Sound Reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle.
- Laura Papetti: Former Reporter for KCFW. Currently morning/fill-in noon anchor for KREM 2 in Spokane, WA. Wife of Gonzaga Bulldogs TV announcer Greg Heister.
- Kendra Eaglin: Former Reporter for KTVM. Currently a Multi-Media Journalist for WKBW-TV in Buffalo, NY.
- Jane Watrel: Anchor/Reporter for KECI. Currently reporter for NBC News4 Washington, DC
- Dari Nowkhah: Former Sports Director for KCFW. Currently anchor for ESPN SportsCenter.
- Christin Ayers: Former Reporter/Producer for KECI. Currently reporter for KPIX-TV in San Francisco, California.
- Jackie Bartz- Now at KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.
- Kendra Eaglin- Now a reporter for WKBW in Buffalo, New York.
- Chelsea Rabideau- Now Reporter at KULR-TV in Billings, MT.
- Darnay Tripp - Currently Sports Director at KREM 2 in Spokane, WA.
- Ryan Coleman - Former Reporter for KECI. Currently weekend weather anchor at KPAX in Missoula, MT.
- Justin Sacher - Former Reporter/Weather Anchor for KECI. Currently meteorologist at KGPE in Fresno, CA.
- Jake Zivin - Former Regional Sports Director at NBC Montana. Currently Sports Director at KEZI-TV in Eugene, OR.
- John Keyes - Former Montana Today Meteorologist. Now works at the National Weather Service in Pocatello, ID.
- Jonathan Athens - Former Reporter for KTVM. Currently reporter for KPTM-TV in Omaha, NE
- Zach Borg- Former Weekend Sports Anchor for NBC Montana.
- Kayla Anderson- Former Sports Director. Currently Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter for KGUN in Tucson, AZ
- Andrew Kemp: Former News Director for KTVM
- NewsCenter Network ( -1997)
- NBC Montana News (1997-2002)
- The NewsChannel (2002-present)
- The News Leader (2002-2004)
- Local, Live, Latebreaking (2004-2006)
- Earning Your Trust, Everyday (2006-20??)
- Getting The Facts Right (20??-Present)
- NBCMontana.com (Official NBC Montana Website)
- MeTVMontana.com (Official Me-TV Montana Website)
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KECI
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- Query the FCC's TV station database for K11JP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K14IU
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K16GJ
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KCFW
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KTVM
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K13KP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K42BZ-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K34FI
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K51DW
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K09LP
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K09MY-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K63BV
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K10HZ-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K35DJ-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K09KH-D
- Query the FCC's TV station database for K07NU-D
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KECI-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KCFW-TV
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTVM-TV