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KMSL
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Location

Missoula, Montana

Branding

ABN Montana
ABN Montana NEWS (news)
ABN Montana Storm Alert Weather (weathercasts)
ABN Sports Montana (sports programs)
Montana's NEWS Leader (news branding)

Channel(s)

5.1 (UHF)

Subchannels

ABN - 5.1
ABN Kids - 5.2
ABN Family - 5.3
ABN Maxx - 5.4
ABN Women - 5.5
ABN Sports - 5.6
G-ABN - 5.7
UBC - 5.8
Big Sky Channel - 5.9
ABN Ultra HD Cinemas - 5.10

Affilliation

American Broadcast Network (ABN)

First air date

April 5, 1970

Former call letters

KGGL

Former channel number

5

Former affilliation

none

Parent

Skyline Television Network

Owner

ABN Domestic Television Corporation/SABH

KMSL is the ABN affiliate that serves the Missoula, MT broadcast area broadcasting on digital UHF channel 5.

ABC Television America Buyout

Channel 5 first signed on in 1970 as KGGL. It was the first ABN station in Western Montana followed by KSPL and KBTE. The station was in financial troubles in 1995 nearly filing for bankruptcy. In August of 1995, KGGL withdrew its ABN affilliation and was on auction. The Australian television company, ABC Television, was beginning its expansion into North American television markets. ABC Television America won the bid outright over EBC, and CTV America in purchasing KGGL. A new ABN station was being assembled in Missoula in 1996. It signed on with its present call letters, KMSL in March of 1996. At present, KGGL now airs ABC-TV programming on channel 33. 

Digital Television

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming
5.1

1080p

1600p

16:9 KMSL-DTV Main KMSL Programming / ABN Ultra HD
5.2 1080p 16:9 KMSL-KID ABN Kids
5.3 1080p 16:9 KMSL-FAM ABN Family
5.4 1080p 16:9 KMSL-MAX ABN Maxx
5.5 1080p 16:9 KMSL-WO ABN Women
5.6

1080p

1600p

4:3

16:9

KMSL-Sport Main KMSL Sports Programming/ABN Sports Ultra HD
5.7

1080p

1600p

16:9 KMSL-G G-ABN
5.8 1080p 16:9 KMSL-UBN UBN Programming
5.9 1080p 16:9 KMSL-Big Big Sky Network
5.10

1080p

1600p

4:3

16:9

KMSL-CINE ABN Ultra HD Cinemas

News operation

KMSL produces 40 hours of local and statewide news during the week, 160 hours per month, and 8,320 hours per year. KMSL airs 28 hours per week of the Sunrise America and Sunrise America Weekend Edition program, 108 total hours yearly for the ABN News Sunday Edition program, 52 hours yearly for ABN News Early Edition, and 52 hours yearly for Beyond the Cameras. This rounds up to around 10,000 hours of news programming a year, roughly 13 months total.

Awards/achievements/accolades

  • 1995 Most Innovative Broadcasting Facility by Montana Broadcasters Association
  • 2014 Most Innovative Broadcasting Facility by Montana Broadcasters Association
  • 2013-2016 Manning Award by Montana Broadcasters Association for excellence in sales and marketing
  • 2016 ABN Seal of Excellence for Station Operations by Champion Digital Broadcasting
  • Terrance Fowler - 1997 J.R. Hopkins Commendation of Journalism Excellence by National Star Media for 1996 Alberton train derailment documentary
  • Terrance Fowler - Broadcaster of the Year (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015) by Montana Broadcasters Association
  • Terrance Fowler - Edward Murrow Award (1999, 2003, 2004, 2009) by Associated Press
  • Terrance Fowler - ABN Seal of Excellence - Rocky Mountain West Region (2015) by Champion Digital Broadcasting
  • Melissa Royer - Broadcaster of the Year (2001, 2005, 2009) by Montana Broadcasters Association
  • Melissa Royer - 2011 J.R. Hopkins Commendation of Journalism Excellence by National Star Media for 2010 Billings tornado coverage
  • Melissa Royer - ABN Seal of Excellence - Rocky Mountain West Region (2006, 2009, 2014-2016) by Champion Digital Broadcasting
  • Rick Lindsay - American Meteorological Society "Best Forecaster of the Year" (2014-2016)
  • Rick Lindsay - ABN Seal of Excellence - Rocky Mountain West Region (2015, 2016) by Champion Digital Broadcasting
  • Rick Lindsay - 2011 Lloyd Lindsay-Graham Commendation of Excellence by National Star Media for 2010 Billings torndao coverage
  • Mark Reynolds - 1996 J.R. Hopkins Commendation of Journalism Excellence by National Star Media for the 1995 Montana Grizzlies national championship season
  • Mark Reynolds - 2002 J.R. Hopkins Commendation of Journalism Excellence by National Star Media for the 2001 Montana Grizzlies national championship season
  • Mark Reynolds - ABN Sports Seal of Excellence - Rocky Mountain West Region (2013-2016) by Champion Digital Broadcasting

Slogans

  • Montana's Very Best (1970-1971)
  • Montana Turns to ABN (1971-1972)
  • With You Always (1972-1973)
  • You Will Love What We Do On Channel Five  (1973-1974)
  • Montana is #1 to Us! (1974-1975)
  • Spirit of the Big Sky (1977-1979)
  • You've Arrived to Channel 5 (1979-1981)
  • Montana's Information Leader (1981-1982)
  • The NEWS Leader (1982-1996)
  • Montana's NEWS Leader (1996-present)
  • Fair. Balanced. Getting the Facts Right. (2007-present)

Newscasts

Anchors

  • Terrance Fowler (co-anchor/chief news director)
  • Christian Kale-Thomas (anchor/assistant news editor)
  • Vanessa Purcell (Morning anchor)
  • Kyle Lewis (Morning co-anchor)
  • Emmet Palmer (Weekend anchor)
  • Peter Hanson (Weekend anchor)
  • Penni Anniston (Weekend co-anchor)

Reporters 

Missoula Bureau

  • Chris Johnson
  • Chelsea Lewis
  • Harry Clauson
  • Ned Lathan
  • Tom Bartly
  • Lance Barron
  • Michael Anderson
  • Billy Lake
  • Drew Albrighton
  • Peter Masterson

Kalispell Bureau

  • Jason Smith
  • Justin Ventura
  • Jessica Peters
  • Leona James
  • Marty Holland
  • Patrick Newton
  • Matthew Jones
  • Tiffany Standview
  • Sierra Chandler
  • Chase Fortner

ABN Montana Storm Alert Meteorologists

  • Rick Lindsay (Chief Meteorologist) (NWA-AMS certified) (Certified Digital Broadcast Meteorologist)
  • Jordan Wilson (Monring Meteorologist) (NWA-AMS certified) (Certified Digital Broadcast Meteorologist)
  • Jessica Lawrence (Metorologist) (NWA-AMS certified) (Certified Digital Broadcast Meteorologist)
  • Quinton DeLacey (Weekend Meteorologst) (NWA-AMS certified) (Certified Digital Broadcast Meteorologist)

Sports

Missoula Bureau

  • Mark Reynolds (chief sports editor/lead sports anchor)
  • Ashton Leroy (mornings)
  • Hannah Meeks (weekends)

Kalispell Bureau

  • Rachael Billington (assistant sports editor/lead sports anchor)
  • Terri Karlston (mornings)
  • Wes Dennison (weekends)

Notable Former ABN Montana Staff

  • Melissa Royer (now primetime anchor at ABN News)

Newscast Titles

  • KGGL News (1970-1973)
  • Action 5 Montana News (1973-1981)
  • Action 5 News (1981-1993)
  • The 5:30/10:00 News (1993-1999) (at 5:30 and 10 PM each day)
  • Live at 5:30/10:00 (1999-2005)
  • ABN Montana NEWS (2005-present)
  • ABN Montana NEWS @5:30/@10:00 (alternate title) (2005-present)
  • Morning titles
    • ABN Montana NEWS This Morning (1997-2005)
    • Sunrise Montana (2005-present)

Newscast theme music

  • KGGL theme (1970-1983)
  • Action Packed (1983-1988)
  • Newsflash (1988-1995)
  • 615 Music Impact Series 1 (1995-1998)
  • 615 Music Impact Series 2 (1998-2000)
  • 615 Music Impact Series 3 (2000-2003)
  • 615 Music Impact Series 4 (2004-2007)
  • 615 Music Impact Series 5 (2007-present)

Voiceover History

  • Live from KGGL-TV, this is KGGL News. (1970-1973)
  • Live from studios in Missoula, this is Action 5 Montana News. (1973-1981)
  • From KGGL Missoula, this is Action 5 News. (1981-1993)
  • From KGGL in MIssoula, this is the 5:30 News. (1993-1996)
  • Live from studios in Missoula, Kalispell and Hamilton, this is the 5:30 News on the new KMSL Channel 5, Montana's News Leader! (1996-1999)
  • First in Local News, this is Live at 5:30/Live at Ten. (1999-2005)
  • Fair. Balanced. Getting the Facts Right, you're watching ABN Montana News at 5:30/10:00. (2005-2009)
  • From Montana's News Leader, Missoula's first local news in High Definition. This is ABN Montana News at 5:30/10:00. (2009-2014)
  • From Western Montana's News Leader, Missoula's first and only local news in Ultra High Definition, this is ABN Montana News at 5:30/10:00. (2014-present)

Programming Schedule (subject to change)

Time block: 7:00 AM through 6 AM the following day (Mountain time zone)

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

7 AM

Sunrise America Sunrise America Weekend Edition

7:30 AM

8 AM

8:30 AM

9 AM

Ultra GUTS ABN Kids/ Toonopolis Saturday Super Show ABN News Sunday Edition

9:30 AM

10 AM

Second Chance

10:30 AM

11 AM

Kaylah ABN/ABN Sports/ABN Motorsports programming block (varies by season) ABN/ABN Sports programming (varies by season)

11:30 AM

12 PM

ABN Montana News @ Noon

12:30 PM

1 PM

USA Today on TV (U.S. Syndicated Series)

1:30 PM

2 PM

Seekers

2:30 PM

Saints of Carcer

3 PM

Timeless

3:30 PM

Love Riders

4 PM

Jewel Masters

4:30 PM

Ultra Masters of the Maze

5 PM

ABN Evening News

5:30 PM

ABN Montana News @ 5:30

6 PM

XR Hollywood Tonite Grille City USA The Bold Americans

6:30 PM

U Style Makeover Extreme ABN Montana Friday Night Football (fall), or U Style Makeover Extreme

7 PM

ABN Primetime

7:30 PM

8 PM

8:30 PM

9 PM

NAVY NCIS Rockport City Rogue Agents Cross Vanessa and Vittel CSI Las Venturas Hawkeye Beyond the Cameras

9:30 PM

10 PM

ABN Montana News @ 10

10:30 PM

11 PM

The Late Show with Vince Laverty Fast Lane Flippers

11:30 PM

12 AM

The Midnight Show with Bruce Simms Fast Lane Pop City

12:30 AM

1 AM

Hatchet The Digital Movie Theater Pop City

1:30 AM

America's Court

2 AM

ABN Nightscreen

2:30 AM

3 AM

3:30 AM

4 AM

ABN News Early Edition

4:30 AM

5 AM

Sunrise Montana Sunrise Montana Weekend Edition

5:30 AM

6 AM

6:30 AM

"KMSL Welcomes ABN", 1996

The American Broadcast Network and its affiliates welcomes KMSL, ABN channel 5.

Serving Missoula, Hamilton, the Mission Valley and all of Western Montana!

This is America's most honored network.

Something exciting is happening on the new KMSL Channel 5, the new home of ABN for Western Montana!

Gallery


Television stations in the Missoula area (DMA #164) including Frenchtown, Lolo,
East Missoula, Bonner-West Riverside, Clinton
along with repeaters in Mineral County, Sanders County, and Ravalli County
KMVI 2 (WB)

KWVT 3 (TBS)
KIDR 4 (IND)
KMSL 5 (ABN)
KMLA 6 (RDN)
KLCY 7 (PBC)
KMMF 8 (ABC)
KMMT 9 (United Artists)
KGVO 10 (VSN)
KPBM 11 (PBS)
KMSO 12 (FOX)
KRGM 13 (Globo)
KMIS 14 (UDC)
KMCT 15 (CBS)
KMSU 16 (UPN)
KERR 17 (RKO)
KSMT 18 (NBC)
KMWB 20 (YesNet)
KMKT 21 (KTTV)
KMPT 22 (SBN)
KMTS 23 (WIN)
KYLT 24 (DuMont)
KUMS 26 (UNI)
KGMS 28 (PMT)
KMST 30 (TMD)
KDMT 31 (DBC)
KGGL 33 (ABC-TV)
KUMT 35 (MNTV)
KGXT 38 (BBC One)
KIMT 39 (ITV)
KXIE 42 (CW→ACME)
KMTX 44 (ION)
KMIM 45 (IMP)
KHMT 49 (HYP)
KMTV 53 (CCC)
KFSX 56 (New Line)
KGTL 57 (TNT)
KBMT 60 (BIG)
KMXE 61 (MundoMax)
KMIO 62 (BBC Two)
KMLR 64 (Justin Walters Television)
KMRB 66 (A1)
KBTZ 68 (MyTV)

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ABN Affilliates in the state of Montana
KMLC - ch. 3 Miles City

KBTE - ch. 4 Butte
KMSL - ch. 5 Missoula
KBSO - ch. 6 Bozeman
KXRH - ch. 7 Helena
KBGO - ch. 8 Billings
KTVG - ch. 9 Glendive
KBRX - ch. 10 Broadus
KSPL - ch. 14 Kalispell
KTGF - ch. 16 Great Falls
KDLM - ch. 28 Dillon
KZMP - ch. 44 Livingston

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