Radio-TV Broadcast History

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Great Falls, Montana
City of license Great Falls, MT
Branding Montana's News Station
Slogan Fair. Accurate. To the Point.
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)

3.1 CBS/MTN 3.2 CW cable = 11

Affiliations CBS/MTN
Owner Evening Post Publishing Company

(KRTV Communications, Inc.)

First air date October 5, 1958
Call letters' meaning KRTV: K GReat Falls TeleVision

KXLH-LP: KXLF Helena (based on original parent station KXLF-TV)

Former channel number(s) Analog:

3 (VHF, 1958-2009)

Transmitter power 28.5 kW
Height 150 m
Facility ID 35567
Transmitter coordinates 47°32′7.5″N 111°17′5.5″W / 47.535417°N 111.284861°W / 47.535417; -111.284861

[edit] History[]

KRTV began tv broadcasts in Great Falls, Montana, on June 27, 1958. That same day, high winds destroyed its broadcasting antenna, and the station was off the air until October 5, 1958.[1] The station was primarily an NBC affiliate with some ABC programming. When KFBB-TV took on a primary ABC affiliation in February 1966, KRTV started carrying CBS programming; it replaced KFBB as part of the Skyline Network (now the MTN). Over the next ten years KRTV offered more and more of CBS and less and less of NBC; the amount of CBS programming exceeded that of NBC in the summer of 1969, which meant that KRTV was now a primary affiliate of CBS-and still is. The station became a full-time CBS affiliate in 1976, when KTCM (now KTVH in Helena) expanded its coverage to become (until 1986) the default NBC affiliate in a large part of Montana, including Great Falls.

KRTV's programming is also seen on KXLH-LP channel 25 in Helena -- programming is similar to KRTV's schedule, other than local ads and weather segments. For many years, KXLH was a semi-satellite of sister station KXLF-TV in Butte, but in 2005 KRTV became its parent station.

KRTV offers The CW on its digital signal and is known as Great Falls CW.

[edit] Personalities[]

[edit] Current News Personalities[]

KRTV/KXLH News Anchors

  • Heath Heggem: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekday News Anchor/Assistant News Dirctor
  • Katie Stukey: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekday News Anchor
  • Tyler Mickelson: Morning Weekday News Anchor
  • Shannon Newth: Morning Weekday News Anchor
  • Angela Douglas: Noon Weekday News Anchor
  • Ashley Korslien: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekend News Anchor

KRTV/KXLH General Assignment Reporters

  • Kay Rossi
  • Alex Grub
  • Marnee Banks: Montana This Morning - Community Spotlight

KRTV/KXLH STORMTracker Weather Team

  • Fred Pfeiffer: Chief Meteorologist
  • Shannon Newth: Morning Weather
  • Ed McIntosh: Noon Meteorologist


  • Richie Melby: Sports Director
  • Greg Smith: Weekend Sports Anchor/Sports Reporter

Northern Ag Network

  • Farm and Ranch reports on Montana This Morning and Noon News Monday-Friday

[edit] Notable Staff[]

  • Christine Chen, CEO of Chen Communications and an Emmy award winning journalist started her

reporting career at KRTV.

[edit] Translators[]

[edit] Call sign history[]

Further information: KATVThe KRTV callsign was originally used for a UHF station on Channel 17 in Little Rock, Arkansas, affiliated with both CBS and NBC, that was Arkansas' first TV station when it signed on in 1953. However, it went off the air a year later as VHF stations KARK-TV and KTHV were preparing to take its network affiliations. The local ABC affiliate, KATV (previously of Pine Bluff), then moved to Little Rock and took over its studio until it burned down in 1957.

Coincidentally, KRTV isn't the only station in Great Falls whose callsign was once used in Arkansas; its competitor KLMN bears the original call letters of Fort Smith station KFTA-TV.

[edit] News/station presentation[]

[edit] Morning Newscast titles[]

  • Today In Montana (1958-????)
  • Montana This Morning (2005-present)

[edit] Noon Newscast titles[]

  • The Noon News (1960s-present)

[edit] Evening Newscast titles[]

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

[edit] Weekend Newscast titles[]

  • The Weekend Edition 5:30 and 10:00 News (????-present)

[edit] Weather titles[]

  • Storm Tracker Weather (2005-present)

[edit] Station slogans[]

  • Coverage You Can Count On (????-2005)
  • Fair. Accurate. To the point. (2005-present)

[edit] News opening[]

[edit] References[]

  1. ^ [1] Guide to the KRTV Papers at the University of Montana

[edit] External links[]