KTVQ

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KTVQ
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Billings, Montana
United States
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 2
BrandingQ2 (general)
MTN News (newscasts)
Billings CW (DT2)
SloganMontana's News Leader
Programming
Affiliations2.1: CBS
2.2: CW+
2.3: Grit (O&O)
Ownership
OwnerE. W. Scripps Company
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
History
First air date
November 9, 1953 (67 years ago) (1953-11-09)
Former call signs
KOOK-TV (1953–1972)
Former channel number(s)
Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953–2009)
DuMont (1953–1955/6)
NBC (secondary, 1953–1958, 1968–1980)
ABC (secondary, 1953–1968)
NTA (secondary, 1958–1959)
PBS (per program, 1970–1984)
Call sign meaning
TeleVision Quality
Technical information
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID35694
ERP26.1 kW
HAAT180 m (591 ft)
Transmitter coordinates45°46′0.9″N 108°27′28.8″W / 45.766917°N 108.458000°W / 45.766917; -108.458000
Translator(s)see table below
Links
Public license information
Profile
LMS
Websitewww.ktvq.com

KTVQ, virtual channel 2 (VHF digital channel 10), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Billings, Montana, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, and is part of the Montana Television Network, a statewide network of CBS-affiliated stations. KTVQ's studios are located on Third Avenue North in Billings, and its transmitter is located on Sacrifice Cliff southeast of downtown. On cable, the station is available on Charter Spectrum channel 5 in both standard and high definition.

History[edit]

The station began broadcasting on November 9, 1953, as KOOK-TV, Montana's second television station; Butte's KXLF-TV had begun in August. It was owned by Montana broadcasting pioneer Joe Sample and his Garryowen Corporation along with KOOK radio (AM 970, now KBUL). The station carried programming from all four major networks of the time—CBS, NBC, ABC and DuMont Television Network[1]—but has always been a primary CBS affiliate. It lost DuMont when that network shut down in 1956 and lost NBC when KGHL-TV (channel 8, now KULR-TV) began in 1958; between 1956 and 1961, when it closed, the station was also a NTA Film Network affiliate. The station changed its callsign to KTVQ on September 5, 1972.

In 1968, channel 2 picked up a secondary affiliation with NBC after KULR opted to take a primary affiliation with ABC. This was very unusual for a two-station market, especially one as small as Billings. It shared NBC with KULR until KOUS (channel 4, now KHMT) began in 1980.

In 1970, channel 2 picked up a secondary affiliation with PBS, mainly for Sesame Street. It was standard practice at the time for PBS to offer its programming to any interested commercial outlet in areas where no PBS station was available. Channel 2's secondary PBS affiliation lasted until Montana PBS finally started in 1984.

Sample owned the station until 1984, when he sold it to SJL Broadcasting. Evening Post Industries (through its Cordillera Communications subsidiary) bought it in 1994. The station remains the only Billings television station that has not changed its affiliation.

KTVQ-DT2[edit]

KTVQ-DT2 is the CW+-affiliated second digital subchannel of KTVQ, broadcasting in 720p high definition on VHF channel 10.2 (or virtual channel 2.2 via PSIP). On cable, the subchannel is available on Spectrum channel 11 in both standard and high definition.

KTVQ-DT2's origin began in September 2006 after The WB and UPN merged to form The CW. KTVQ launched this second digital subchannel to be Billings' affiliate of the network. Prior to the consolidation, The WB could only be seen in the market through cable-only station "KWBM". The use of the call letters was done in a fictional manner as cable-only affiliates of broadcast networks are not required to operate under an FCC station license. On September 18, 2006, KWBM shut down and re-launched as a CW affiliate on KTVQ's second subchannel.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[2]
2.1 1080i 16:9 KTVQ-DT Main KTVQ programming / CBS
2.2 720p CW NET Billings CW
2.3 480i 4:3 GRIT Grit

In February 2009, KULR, KTVQ and two other stations in the Billings market were refused Federal Communications Commission permission to end analog broadcasts and operate as digital-only effective on the originally-scheduled February 17, 2009 date.[3]

Translators[edit]

City of license Callsign Channel ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter coordinates
Ashland K16MY-D 16 1.04 kW 244 m (801 ft) 53157 45°36′7.9″N 105°56′11.9″W / 45.602194°N 105.936639°W / 45.602194; -105.936639 (K16MY-D)
Big Timber, etc. K17JP-D 17 0.132 kW 383 m (1,257 ft) 35702 45°41′47.3″N 110°46′7.1″W / 45.696472°N 110.768639°W / 45.696472; -110.768639 (K17JP-D)
Boyes & Hammond K09VL-D 9 0.245 kW 190 m (623 ft) 53162 45°05′30″N 105°01′21.3″W / 45.09167°N 105.022583°W / 45.09167; -105.022583 (K09VL-D)
Bridger, etc. K28LG-D 28 1.1 kW 91 m (299 ft) 168739 45°17′10.2″N 108°56′3.1″W / 45.286167°N 108.934194°W / 45.286167; -108.934194 (K28LG-D)
Broadus K08JV-D 8 0.162 kW 93 m (305 ft) 53160 45°24′37.9″N 105°21′29.9″W / 45.410528°N 105.358306°W / 45.410528; -105.358306 (K08JV-D)
Castle Rock, etc. K28ON-D 28 9.4 kW 353 m (1,158 ft) 168263 45°50′23.9″N 106°54′41.1″W / 45.839972°N 106.911417°W / 45.839972; -106.911417 (K28ON-D)
Colstrip K12RA-D 12 0.021 kW −4 m (−13 ft) 12389 45°53′41.9″N 106°37′41″W / 45.894972°N 106.62806°W / 45.894972; -106.62806 (K12RA-D)
Columbus K26GL-D 26 5 kW −124 m (−407 ft) 130833 45°37′36″N 109°15′39″W / 45.62667°N 109.26083°W / 45.62667; -109.26083 (K26GL-D)
Emigrant K10AH-D 10 0.16 kW −227 m (−745 ft) 51548 45°20′6.3″N 110°41′26.5″W / 45.335083°N 110.690694°W / 45.335083; -110.690694 (K10AH-D)
Forsyth K16NE-D 16 0.15 kW 63 m (207 ft) 187567 46°19′37.9″N 106°41′51.1″W / 46.327194°N 106.697528°W / 46.327194; -106.697528 (K16NE-D)
Forsyth K22NN-D 22 0.352 kW 18 m (59 ft) 189997 46°15′39.5″N 106°40′23.2″W / 46.260972°N 106.673111°W / 46.260972; -106.673111 (K22NN-D)
Hardin K24GD-D 24 0.322 kW 65 m (213 ft) 35698 45°44′44″N 107°32′13″W / 45.74556°N 107.53694°W / 45.74556; -107.53694 (K24GD-D)
Harlowton K09YO-D 9 0.031 kW 109 m (358 ft) 26140 46°19′51.8″N 109°43′32.6″W / 46.331056°N 109.725722°W / 46.331056; -109.725722 (K09YO-D)
Harlowton K19JO-D 19 0.2 kW 392 m (1,286 ft) 40415 46°21′4.8″N 110°08′37.6″W / 46.351333°N 110.143778°W / 46.351333; -110.143778 (K19JO-D)
Howard K36PJ-D 36 0.25 kW 68 m (223 ft) 187566 46°19′14.9″N 106°59′48.1″W / 46.320806°N 106.996694°W / 46.320806; -106.996694 (K36PJ-D)
Hysham K08OW-D 8 0.021 kW 107 m (351 ft) 67607 46°14′25.9″N 107°19′36.2″W / 46.240528°N 107.326722°W / 46.240528; -107.326722 (K08OW-D)
Judith Gap K06QN-D 6 0.043 kW −6 m (−20 ft) 198515 46°41′15.5″N 109°44′34.6″W / 46.687639°N 109.742944°W / 46.687639; -109.742944 (K06QN-D)
Livingston, etc. K34PL-D 34 0.55 kW 287 m (942 ft) 190144 45°35′51.7″N 110°32′47.7″W / 45.597694°N 110.546583°W / 45.597694; -110.546583 (K34PL-D)
Miles City K10GF-D 10 0.2 kW 30 m (98 ft) 35700 46°26′1″N 105°50′53″W / 46.43361°N 105.84806°W / 46.43361; -105.84806 (K10GF-D)
Red Lodge K15LB-D 15 0.076 kW 84 m (276 ft) 130816 45°07′18.8″N 109°16′13.6″W / 45.121889°N 109.270444°W / 45.121889; -109.270444 (K15LB-D)
Rosebud, etc. K08PP-D 8 0.029 kW 32 m (105 ft) 190610 46°18′27.9″N 106°30′32″W / 46.307750°N 106.50889°W / 46.307750; -106.50889 (K08PP-D)
White Sulphur Springs K09MH-D 9 0.09 kW 82 m (269 ft) 21712 46°27′43.7″N 110°51′24.7″W / 46.462139°N 110.856861°W / 46.462139; -110.856861 (K09MH-D)
Cody, WY K14RF-D 14 0.733 kW 475 m (1,558 ft) 51609 44°35′13.8″N 108°51′10.5″W / 44.587167°N 108.852917°W / 44.587167; -108.852917 (K14RF-D)
Diamond Basin, WY K20LT-D 20 1.26 kW 575 m (1,886 ft) 190501 44°29′36.8″N 109°10′9.5″W / 44.493556°N 109.169306°W / 44.493556; -109.169306 (K20LT-D)
Meeteetse, WY K21JU-D 21 1.34 kW 67 m (220 ft) 51599 44°12′43.8″N 108°51′29.4″W / 44.212167°N 108.858167°W / 44.212167; -108.858167 (K21JU-D)
Sheridan, WY K09XK-D 9 2.29 kW 383 m (1,257 ft) 35697 44°37′36.8″N 107°06′53.2″W / 44.626889°N 107.114778°W / 44.626889; -107.114778 (K09XK-D)

News operation[edit]

National news comes from several sources; CBS News and AP give their nationwide and international news to the station for its local newscasts. The Montana Ag Network (owned by MTN) provides farm and ranch reports during Montana This Morning and The Noon News.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A DuMont transmitter definitely will be operating over Channel 2 in Billings this fall tune in KOOK-TV Channel 2", Billings Gazette, p. 5, 1953-06-01
  2. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KTVQ
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2009-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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