KMID Midland

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KMID launched on Dec 18, 1953 is an ABC affiliate broadcasting in Midland, TX. Owned by Nexstar Media Group the channel shares duopoly with KPEJ which is also operated by Nexstar through shared services agreement; KPEJ is held by Marshall Broadcasting Group. The two siblings have studios located on Windview Street in Southwestern Odessa with transmitter installed on FM 1788 in rural southeaster Andrews County. Reach Broadband and Grande Communications are the providers of the station on cable.

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Slogan: Basin Trusted, Basin Proud

Sisters: KPEJ-TV

Website: www.yourbasin.com/

 

History

KMID signed on air on Dec 18, 1953 and is thus the oldest running station in Midland-Odessa market. Offering content from all four networks, it was a primary NBC affiliate. In 1956, on the launch of KOSA, it lost CBS as a secondary partner while ABC was taken over by KWES on Ch 9 in 1958. Following an affiliation swap with KWES (by then KOM) on June 11, 1981, it became an ABC affiliate. The channel along with its two siblings KCPM and KSPR operating in Chico-Redding, CA and Springfield, Missouri respectively was released by Lorimar-Telepictures to Goltrin Communications in 1987. From Goltrin the channels were acquired by Goldfarb Communications in 1988 but and sold to Cottonwood Communications in 1995. In 1977, GOCOM Communications became the new owner of the trio.

The final ownership change was made in 2000 when Nexstar acquired the television. The 70s moniker ‘Big 2’ was changed to ABC2 in 2004. The Big 2 branding was once again adopted in 2009 but was replaced by Local 2 on Dec 12, 2015. In June 2018, the Big 2 branding was revived once again. The weekend news-bulletins were dropped in 2003 mainly because of their poor rating in Permian Basin. The Saturday night news was restored in 2006. In April 2013, Nexstar acquired all of Communications Corporation of America broadcasting assets. Nexstar which first announced the sale of KPEJ to Mission Broadcasting rescinded the deal and instead released it to Marshall Broadcasting Group; the deal consummated on Jan 1, 2015 under which the channel would still be operated by Nexstar via an SSA.

KMID completed its digital transition on June 12, 2009. The syndicated programs broadcasted by the channel include Wheel of Fortune, Judge Judy, Jeopardy, The Rachael Ray Show and AgDay. Notable former personalities include Jim Reese, Mike Emanuel and Edward Platt. KMID can be watched online with latest Basin news, weather and sports updates, community events, videos, contests and more. Follow the news on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. Here is the website: https://www.yourbasin.com/