Radio-TV Broadcast History

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KBMT is the ABC-affiliated television station for Southeast Texas that is licensed to Beaumont. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on VHF channel 12 from a transmitter in Mauriceville. Owned by the London Broadcasting Company, the station has studios along I-10/U.S. 69/U.S. 96/U.S. 287 in Beaumont. Syndicated programming on KBMT includes: Deal or No Deal, Everybody Loves Raymond, Judge Judy, and Ellen.



Beaumont / Port Arthur, Texas
Branding 12 KBMT ABC (general)

12 News HD K-JAC: Your NBC (on DT2)

Slogan We Believe in More

Local News

Channels Digital: 12 (VHF)
Subchannels 12.1 ABC

12.2 NBC

Owner London Broadcasting Company

(KBMT License Company, LLC)

First air date June 18, 1961
Call letters' meaning BeauMonT
Sister station(s) KUIL-LD
Former channel number(s) Analog:

12 (VHF, 1961-2009) Digital: 50 (UHF)

Transmitter power 160 kW
Height 301 meters (988 ft)
Facility ID 10150
Transmitter coordinates 30°11′26″N 93°53′8″W / 30.19056°N 93.88556°W / 30.19056; -93.88556

Digital programming[]

Its signal is multiplexed. The station operates the area's NBC affiliate on its second digital subchannel. Known on-air as K-JAC: Your NBC (a nod to the former call letters of ex-NBC now Fox affiliate KBTV-TV), it can also be seen on Time Warner Cable channel 11 and in high definition on digital channel 860. Syndicated programming on KBMT-DT2 includes: The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, and Seinfeld. There is no separate website for the NBC channel.

Channel Programming
12.1 main KBMT programming / ABC HD
12.2 KBMT-DT2 "K-JAC: Your NBC"


KBMT began broadcasting on June 18, 1961. It soon became the ABC affiliate until it was split between KJAC-TV (now KBTV-TV) and KFDM-TV. The original owners were N.D. Williams and Randolph Reed. The station was later sold to Cowles Broadcasting in 1965, H&C Communications in 1980, McKinnon Broadcasting in 1991, and present owner London Broadcasting in 2009. On January 1, 2009, KBMT added NBC programming on a new digital subchannel. This comes after KBTV which previously held the affiliation switched to Fox. This in turn caused former affiliate KUIL-LP (now KUIL-LD) to go Independent. It currently manages the programming of that station. In a ten year deal with London Broadcasting, KUIL is the third station owned or managed by the broadcasting company.


KBMT launched its news operation in 1962. On September 16, 2009, several changes occurred in their newscast lineup. Their weekday morning show, Good Morning Texas, began simulcast on both channels. There is a half-hour newscast on weekday mornings at 11:30 on KBMT-DT2. The NBC channel also launched a weeknight show at 6:30 and begin to simulcast the main channel's weeknight 10 o'clock news. [1] Originally, there was only a separate short news and weather update at that time. KBMT-DT2 does not offer local newscasts on weekends unlike the main channel. On April 28, 2010, KBMT became the first in the market to air local news in high definition. [2]

Station slogans[]

  • "Hello Southeast Texas, Channel 12 and You" (1980s-1991, used when station featured Frank Gari's "Hello News")
  • "The News Station of Southeast Texas" (1991-1998)
  • "More Local News for Southeast Texas" (1998-2001)
  • "Southeast Texas' First Choice for More Local News" (2001-2007, primary slogan)
  • "Live. Local. Latebreaking." (2001-2007, secondary slogan)
  • "We Believe in More Local News" (2007-present)

News team[]


  • Tracy Kennick - weekday mornings
  • Brian Burns - weekday mornings and 11:30 a.m.; also reporter
  • Greg Picazo - weeknights at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Beverly Brooks - weeknights at 5 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Kevin Steele - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Jackie Simien - weeknights at 6 and 10 p.m.
  • Erika Harris - weekends


  • Patrick Vaughn - Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m.
  • Bert Charan - weekends
  • Ayna Sehgal - weekday mornings and 11:30 a.m.


  • Dave Hofferth - Sports Director; weeknights at 6, 6:30, and 10 p.m.; also 'Sports Blitz host
  • Ashly Elam - weekends


  • Liz McKernan
  • Molly O'Brien
  • Michael Seiden

Former on-air staff[]

  • Kurt Aaron (now at WNEP in Scranton, PA)
  • Bob Becker (Chief Meteorologist; now at WATE in Knoxville)
  • Tom Campbell
  • Jaime Cerreta (now at KOKH in Oklahoma City)
  • Gary Childress
  • Scott Coen
  • Kelly Coone
  • Norris Deajon (now at KDAF in Dallas)
  • Diane Dean
  • Rick DeReyes
  • Richard DeVayne (now at WCNC in Charlotte)
  • Tealy Devereaux (now at WHBQ in Memphis)
  • Dave Dickson
  • Bob Donaldson (now at WXIN in Indianapolis)
  • Clayton Duffy
  • Priscilla Embry
  • Diane Dean
  • Joe Falsetti (weekend weather anchor)
  • Roland Galvan (deceased; went by Roland Miller at KBMT)
  • Thomas Gandy (now at TXCN)
  • Jimmi Richard
  • Randy Garsee (now managing editor/pm anchor at KTEN in Denison, TX)
  • John Grattafiori
  • Paul Haggar (meteorologist)
  • Billy Halfin
  • John Hambrick
  • Elizabeth Hart (am weather)
  • Tara Hitchcock (pm anchor; now at KTVK Phoenix))
  • John Hurt
  • John Ireland (now at KSPN Los Angeles)
  • Frank Johnson (current chief meteorologist at WBTW, Myrtle Beach)
  • Dale Jones
  • Greg Kealey
  • Dan Kerness
  • Kris Lamans
  • Andy Liscano (most recently at KZTV, Corpus Christi)
  • Bill Macatee (CBS sportscaster for tennis, golf)
  • Michelle McCalope
  • Sean McGroarty
  • Randy McIlvoy (sports director, currently at KPRC-TV in Houston)
  • Jonathan Martinez
  • Adriane Matura (former 6 and 10 pm anchor early 2000s)
  • Chrissie Mouton (now 6 & 10 pm anchor at KTXS in Abilene)
  • Shawn Murdock (pm & morning news anchor, now in public relations at his Utah church)
  • Mike Nichols (former chief meteorologist, now at KBTV-TV)
  • David Patten
  • Anthony Pittman (sports anchor, now at KABB in San Antonio)
  • Bill Reh (meteorologist)
  • Robin Roberts
  • Bryan Rupp (now at KFDX Wichita Falls)
  • Erik Salna (chief meteorologist 2001-2004, now project coordinator of "Hurricane Warning!", a hurricane awareness program)
  • Susana Schuler (weekend Reporter)
  • Remeisha Shade (now at WAFF Huntsville, AL)
  • Jancey Sheats (now at KARK Little Rock)
  • Rick Snow
  • Lisa Spooner (now 5, 6, and 10pm anchor at KYTX Tyler)
  • Mike Stafford (now at KWES-TV in Midland, TX)
  • Mark Stephens
  • Robyn Symon
  • T.W. Starr (former sports anchor, now at WAAY in Huntsville, AL)
  • Tom Terry (former Chief Meteorologist, now Chief Meteorologist at WFTV [1] Orlando, FL)
  • Gene Tuck (6 & 10 pm anchor)
  • Jorge Vargas (weekend sports anchor, now at KIAH in Houston and radio host on KFNC-FM during afternoon drivetime)
  • Scott Walker (weekend sports)
  • Stephanie Watson (anchor, reporter; now at KDKA Pittsburgh)
  • Mark Wiley (weekend weather)
  • Deedra Wilson
  • Van Earl Wright (weekend sports anchor)
  • Albert Zipp (evening anchor, now at WBOY in Clarksburg, WV)
  • Shally Zomorodi


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