In 1968, KCFW-TV signed on the air as the first and only full-power television station serving Flathead County. The station made a commitment to serve northwest Montana with excellent television programming. In those days, that meant delivering programming only a portion of each day.
Times have changed. KCFW-TV now broadcasts 24 hours of programming each and every day, much of it in high-definition and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, to a much larger community.
Some things haven?t changed, though. KCFW remains committed to the communities we serve, offering local news, weather, sports and entertainment that matters to northwest Montanans. We deliver the best in entertainment from NBC. We proudly support numerous community events each year.
In 1968, we knew we'd be here to stay. The same holds true today. KCFW-TV 9, committed, everyday.
KTVM Signed On The Air In 1970
In 1970, KTVM signed on the air in Butte. The station made a commitment to serve southwest Montana with excellent television programming. And in 1990, a low power signal, KBZD was added to deliver a stronger signal to viewers in Gallatin County.
In the old days, KTVM broadcast programming only a portion of each day, and that was an exact duplicate of what was being shown in Missoula. Times have changed. KTVM now broadcasts a unique signal with 24 hours of programming each and every day, much of it in high-definition and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
Some things haven’t changed, though. KTVM remains committed to the communities we serve, offering local news, weather, sports and entertainment that matters to southwest Montanans. We deliver the best in entertainment from NBC. We proudly support numerous community events each year.
In 1970, we knew we’d be here to stay. The same holds true today. KTVM-TV 6, committed, everyday.
NBC Montana Programming
KECI-TV 13 is part of a network of NBC affiliated stations covering western Montana. Associated with KCFW-TV 9 in Kalispell and KTVM-TV 6 & 42 in Butte and Bozeman, KECI-13 has served Missoula area viewers for almost 60 years.
KECI-13's programming is built on its proud affiliation with the NBC Television Network. KECI-13 is home to such favorites as THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, BIGGEST LOSER, the LAW & ORDER franchise and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. NBC is home to the wildly popular NFL SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL! NBC also continues its role as AMERICA’S OLYMPIC NETWORK defining sports television for the 21st century with the Olympic games through 2012.
In addition to this powerful NBC line-up, KECI-13 offers many popular syndicated shows like the ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, LIVE WITH REGIS & KELLY, DR. OZ and this fall from the producers of OPRAH, THE NATE BERKUS SHOW.
As NBC Montana, KECI-13 and its sister stations have made an extensive commitment to local and national news, airing over 40 hours of news programming every week. Locally, KECI-13 draws from experienced news professionals in all four of its bureaus, bringing viewers news coverage that is a cut above the rest.
KECI-13 is committed to the communities it serves. The GOLD STAR AWARD program is in its twentieth year honoring excellence in education. THE MORE YOU KNOW is a public service campaign that targets parents, teens and the tough issues they face today. Station personnel are also involved in community projects such as the American Cancer Society's RELAY FOR LIFE and the MISSOULA MARATHON. They are proud of their years of outstanding service to the people of western Montana.
KECI-13, KCFW-9 and KTVM-6 & 42 cover roughly 45% of Montana
KECI-13, KCFW-9 and KTVM-6 & 42 cover roughly 45% of Montana with full-power VHF television stations in Missoula, Butte, Kalispell and an LPTV for added signal strength in Bozeman. The group reaches just over 224,000 TV households in its total coverage area. The station group's coverage extends north into Canada and south to Salmon, Idaho.
Seven counties form the Missoula television market. Missoula and Flathead counties are the largest making up 69% of the DMA's total TV households. KECI-13 and KCFW-9 combined, out-deliver the nearest competitor in Missoula and Flathead counties.
The Butte-Bozeman television market also consists of seven counties. Gallatin and Silver Bow are the largest. Combined, these two counties represent 74 % of the DMA's total TV households. (Source: NSI, May ‘10)
With the help of 30 translators, the group provides the only Montana television signal available to viewers in Libby and Eureka (Lincoln County), Thompson Falls (Sanders County), Coram, West Glacier and Hungry Horse (Flathead County).