KMOT-TV has been providing the finest in local news and entertainment programming since its debut on January 23, 1958. KMOT-TV was the third television station founded by the Meyer Broadcasting Company in western North Dakota in the 1950s.
Once located on the North Dakota prairie, the station quickly became a part of the Minot landscape. The original transmission tower stood high above the studio, at 450 feet, on the western edge of town. Today, KMOT-TV’s tower is visible for miles, standing tall at 798 feet and transmitting to viewers in Ward, Pierce, Renville, Bottineau, Burke, Mountrail, and Rolette counties in North Dakota and even to parts of Canada.
In 1971, KMOT-TV was the first television station in Minot to originate local color with the purchase of a GE Color Film Chain. In 1973, KMOT-TV received a SONY color studio camera and was the first Minot television station to broadcast in color live from the studio. Today, KMOT-TV is still the only television station broadcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. KMOT-TV is also home to exclusive LIVE coverage of state high school football, hockey and basketball championships held twice a year from different sports arenas throughout North Dakota.
The technology KMOT-TV uses has undergone a revolution. The news and production teams gather information and images far differently then they did nearly five decades ago. What started as slides and black and white film has transitioned to video tape machines and now digital imagery.KMOT takes pride in being The News Leader. We are a part of the powerhouse group of television stations in western North Dakota, including KFYR-TV in Bismarck, KUMV-TV in Williston and KQCD-TV in Dickinson. The strength and reach of these stations has made us the most watched local news organization in western North Dakota. We also call KVLY-TV in Fargo and Grand Forks “family.” This statewide network of NBC stations allows us to bring our viewers unmatched local news coverage from every corner of the state.