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KTVM Station History

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, K42BZ-TV 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 & 42, committed, everyday.

KTVM Programming

KTVM-TV 6 & 42 Is Part of a Network of NBC Affiliated Stations


KTVM-TV 6 & 42 is part of a network of NBC affiliated stations covering western Montana. Associated with KECI-TV 13 in Missoula and KCFW-TV 9 in Kalispell , KTVM 6 & 42 has served Butte and Bozeman area viewers for 40 years.

KTVM 6 & 42’s programming is built on its proud affiliation with the NBC Television Network. KTVM 6 & 42 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, KTVM 6 & 42 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 the NEWS CHANNEL, KTVM 6 & 42 and its sister stations have made an extensive commitment to local and national news, airing over 40 hours of news programming every week. Locally, KTVM 6 & 42 draws from experienced news professionals in all four of its bureaus, bringing viewers news coverage that is a cut above the rest.

KTVM 6 & 42 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 STORY UNDER THE STARS FIRST NIGHT FLATHEAD . They are proud of their years of outstanding service to the people of southwest Montana.

KTVM Coverage Area

KTVM-6 & 42 and Its Sister Stations Cover Roughly 45% of Montana


KTVM 6 & 42 and its sister stations cover roughly 45% of Montana. With full-power VHF television stations in Butte, Missoula, Kalispell and an LPTV for added signal strength in Bozeman the group reaches over 175,000 TV households within the designated market areas . In addition, coverage extends into northwest Montana, portions of Canada and south to Salmon, Idaho.

Seven counties form the Missoula television market (market rank 166). Missoula and Flathead counties are the largest making up 69% of the DMA's total TV households. KECI-13 and KCFW-9 out-deliver the nearest competitor in Missoula and Flathead counties.

The Butte-Bozeman television market (market rank 190) also consists of seven counties covering over 65,000 TV households. Gallatin and Silverbow are the largest counties. Combined, they 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).

KTVM and its sister stations all offer programming in high definition and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, providing viewers with the highest quality picture and sound imaginable…better than cable, better than digital cable and better than satellite.

Station's Coverage

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).

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