KMID is the ABC affiliated television station in Midland-Odessa, Texas, owned and operated byNexstar Broadcasting Group, which is headquartered in Irving, Texas. KMID ABC2 was acquired by Nexstar in 2000. Syndicated programming on KMID includes: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!,Oprah, and AgDay.
|Branding||KMID ABC2 or Big 2|
|Slogan||The Basin's FIRST Station|
|Channels||Digital: 26 (UHF)|
|Owner||Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
(Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||December 18, 1953|
|Call letters' meaning||MIDland|
|Former callsigns||KMID-TV (1953-1992)|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
2 (VHF, 1953-2009)
|Transmitter power||1000 kW|
|Transmitter coordinates||32°5′10.9″N 102°17′12″W|
KMID-TV went on the air on December 18, 1953 as a dual NBC/ABC affiliate. Later on, it became a primary NBC affiliate after KWES-TV 9 (then known as KVKM) signed on in 1958 and became the area's ABC affiliate. In 1981, KMID became an ABC affiliate when it swapped its NBC affiliation with KWES-TV (KTPX at the time). KMID's studio is adjacent to Midland International Airport just off US Highway 80 about 10 miles west of downtown Midland or midway between Midland and Odessa. KMID's transmitter is located near Gardendale, Texas.
For many years, KMID was known as "Big 2", but adopted the "ABC2" moniker in early 2004, but sometimes is still known as "Big 2". The newscast was called Big 2 News and at one point,Big 2 News Nightbeat. Its newscast was known as Big 2 Eyewitness News during the latter years of its NBC affiliation. More recently, "Big 2 News" has returned as it primary name.
Recently, KMID has cut weekend evening newscasts, making it the third-watched newscast in the Permian Basin. Though in late 2006, Sunday night news broadcasts were reinstated with the introduction of KMID ABC2 News Sunday.
The KMID logo is very similar to the logo used by WDTN, the NBC affiliate in Dayton, OH.
KMID began transmitting high-definition broadcasts from ABC following analog switch-off on June 12, 2009. However, like other Nexstar owned or operated stations, KMID lagged behind other stations in beginning high definition broadcasting.
Current on-air staff
- Karl Rundgren - weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Shelby Levins - weekday mornings Good Morning West Texas
- Jay Plyburn - Sundays at 10 p.m. (also reporter)
- Jackie Smith - general assignment reporter
- Mycah Glover - weeknights 5 and 10pm/Energy reporter
- Horace Brown - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Trent Magill - meteorologist; weekday mornings "Good Morning West Texas"
- Caroline Lockwood - sports director; weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m.
- Michael Spencer - sports anchor; Sundays at 10 p.m.
Former on-air staff
- Joe Dominey
- Mel Hudman
- David Bacon
- Mike Barker
- Frank Childs
- Mary Annette Dunnigan
- Mike Emanuel
- David Floyd
- Jill Gordon
- Cleve Hardman
- Pamela Hamm
- Mike King
- Mark Kulda
- Rachel Kissko
- Lee Lindsey
- J. Gordon Lunn
- Jay Mahaffey
- Mary Catherine Matthews
- Becky Neighbors
- Harry Neuhardt
- Edward Platt (later known as the "Chief" on Get Smart)
- Tricia Shelton
- JJ Davis
- Brian Wood
- Jay Mahaffey
- Your Esso Reporter (1953-1957)
- The Midland Report (1957-1963)
- The Bob Wilson Report (1963-1968)
- TV-2 News (1968-1974)
- NewsWatch 2 (1974-1977 & 1981-1984)
- Big 2 Eyewitness News (1977-1981)
- Big 2 News (1984-2004 & 2009–2014)
- KMID ABC 2 News (2004-2009)
- Local Big 2 News (2014-2015)
- Local 2 News (2015-present)
- It All Adds Up on Channel 2 (1968-1969)
- Come and See KMID-TV Channel 2 (1973-1974)
- Big 2 Eyewitness News: The News People (1977-1980)
- Channel 2, Proud as a Peacock! (1979-1981, localized version of NBC ad campaign)
- Now is the Time, Channel 2 is the Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Come Along With Channel 2 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- We're With You on Channel 2 (1984-1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- You'll Love It on Channel 2 (1985-1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Together on Channel 2 (1986-1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Something's Happening on Channel 2 (1987-1990; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- The Basin's Watching Channel 2 (1990-1992; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- If It's Channel 2, It Must Be ABC (1992-1993; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
- Coverage You Can Count On (1998-2001)
- The One to Count On (2001-2005)
- The Basin's First Station (2005-present)