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Billings, Montana
Branding Q2 (general)

Q2 News (newscasts)

Slogan Fair. Accurate. To The Point.
Channels Digital: 10 (VHF)
Subchannels 2.1 CBS/MTN

2.2 The CW

Affiliations CBS
Owner Evening Post Publishing Company

(KTVQ Communications, Inc.)

First air date November 9, 1953
Former callsigns KOOK-TV (1953-1973)
Former channel number(s) Analog:

2 (VHF, 1953-2009)

Former affiliations DuMont (1953-1955/6)

NBC (secondary, 1953-1958 and 1975-1980) ABC (secondary, 1953-1975) PBS (per program, 1970-1984)

Transmitter power 26.1 kW
Height 180 m
Facility ID 35694
Transmitter coordinates 45°46′0.9″N 108°27′28.8″W / 45.766917°N 108.458°W / 45.766917; -108.458

[edit] History

The station began broadcasting on November 9, 1953 as KOOK-TV, Montana's second television station; Butte's KXLF-TV had signed on in August. The station carried programming from all three 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 (now KULR-TV) signed on in 1958. The station changed its callsign to KTVQ in 1973.

On September 1, 1975, channel 2 picked up a secondary affiliation with NBC after KULR opted to take a primary affiliation with ABC. It shared NBC with KULR until KOUS (now KHMT) signed on 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 signed on in 1984.

The station has, along with most other MTN stations, been the leader in local news ratings. It remains the only Billings television station that has not changed its affiliation.

In February 2009, KULR, KTVQ and two other stations in the Billings market were refused Federal Communications Commission permission[2] to end analogue broadcasts and operate as digital-only effective on the originally-scheduled February 17, 2009 date.[3]

[edit] Personalities

[edit] Current news personalities

News Anchors

  • Jay Kohn: 5:30 & 10:00 Weekday News Anchor/Assistant News Director
  • Becky Hillier: 5:30 & 10:00 Weekday News Anchor
  • Angela Douglas: Montana this Morning and Statewide Noon Anchor/Reporter
  • Nikki Laurenzo: 5:30 & 10:00 Weekend News Anchor/Reporter

General Assignment Reporters

  • Amanda Venegas
  • David Jay
  • Kelly Werthmann
  • Jon Arneson: Montana This Morning - Road Watch Montana

Reporters may also fill in as anchor when needed

STORMTracker Weather Team

  • Bob McGuire: (Member; NWA) Chief Meteorologist
  • Ed McIntosh: (Member; NWA) Morning and Statewide Noon Meteorologist
  • Jeff Womack: Weekend Weather Anchor/Reporter
  • Rob Griggs: Fill-in Weather Anchor


  • Scott Breen: Sports Director/Sports Anchor
  • Casey Conlon: Weekend Sports Anchor/Sports Reporter
  • Dan Cimmino: Sports Reporter


  • Vic Miller

Northern AG Network

  • Farm and Ranch reports on Montana This Morning and Noon News

[edit] Notable news personalities

  • Laura Hendrickson: Former 5:30 and 10:00 news anchor
  • Joe Gehl: fill in meteorologist and anchor before moving to Texas.
  • Courtney Hanson: currently lives in Phoenix Arizona as of 2010.
  • Gus Koernig: worked here as anchor before joining KULR.
  • Julie Lovell: 5:30 & 10:00 news anchor, moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010.
  • Jennifer Rohrer: KHQ-TV anchor, reporter, worked here before KHQ-TV
  • Matt Winer: ESPN sportscaster, worked here before ESPN.
  • Kathy Weber: worked here as a anchor/reporter before moving to KPAX-TV
  • Mark Moraniec: worked here as the morning and statewide noon meteorologist here and left in August 2010.

[edit] News/Station presentation

[edit] Morning Newscast Titles

  • Carter Reporter (1953-1961)
  • Today In Montana (1978-1995)
  • Daybreak (1995-2003)
  • Montana This Morning (2003-present)

[edit] Noon Newscast Titles

  • The Noon News (1960s-present)

[edit] Evening Newscast Titles

  • Montana's News Station (1993-present)
  • The 5:30 News (1953-present)
  • The 10:00 News (1953-present)

[edit] Weekend Evening Newscast Titles

  • The Weekend Edition (????-present)

[edit] Weather Titles

  • Storm Tracker Weather (2003-present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • The News Station. (????-1996)
  • Coverage You Can Count on. (1996-2003)
  • Fair. Accurate. To the Point. (2003-present)

[edit] News Music

  • KTVQ News Theme(1990-1993)
  • Advantage Series 1(1993-2003)
  • Impact (news music series)(2003-present)

[edit] References

  1. ^ "A DuMont transmitter definitely will be operating over Channel 2 in Billings this fall tune in KOOK-TV Channel 2", Billings Gazette, 1953-06-01
  2. ^
  3. ^

[edit] External links

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