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|Branding||KMID Big 2 (general)
Big 2 News (newscasts)
|Slogan||We're Big On YOU|
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)|
|Affiliations||ABC (secondary 1953-1958, primary since 1981)|
|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|
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.
Current on-air staff
- Shelby Levins - Anchor, weeknights 5 and 10 p.m.
- Stephanie Sobic - Anchor, weekday mornings Good Morning West Texas
- Christina Dawidowicz - Reporter
- Vincent Crivelli - Reporter
- Horace Brown - Chief Meteorologist; Weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Matt Farrell - Meteorologist; weekday mornings Good Morning West Texas.
- Travis Weeks - Sports Director; Weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Matthew Villanueva - Sports Reporter/Anchor; Sundays at 10 p.m.
Former on-air staff
- Your Esso Reporter (1953-1957)
- The Midland Report (1957-1963)
- The Bob Wilson Report (1963-1968)
- TV-2 News (1968-1974)
- NewsWatch 2 (1974-1977, 1981-1984)
- Big 2 Eyewitness News (1977-1981)
- Big 2 News (1984-2004, 2009–present)
- KMID ABC 2 News (2004-2009)
- It All Adds Up on Channel 2 (1968-1969)
- Come and See KMID-TV Channel 2 (1973-1974)
- Big 2 Eyewitness News: The News People (1977-1980)
- Midland/Odessa's News Leader
- Coverage You Can Count On (1998-2001)
- The One to Count On (2001-2005)
- The Basin's First Station (2005-2011)
- We're Big On You (2011–present)
- PermianBasin360.com - Official Website
- Nexstar Broadcasting Group: KMID Station Profile
- Photojournalist Page
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KMID
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KMID-TV