Midco

Midco (until 2016, known by the full name of Midcontinent Communications) is a regional cable provider, providing a triple play service of Cable television, Internet and telephone service for both North Dakota and South Dakota, along with much of Minnesota, and several communities in Kansas and Wisconsin.[2] The company's business-class service also provides direct fiber-optic communications services via leased data circuits for larger companies.

Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and operated as a joint venture between Midcontinent Media and Comcast, Midco provides service to 200 communities both urban and rural, serving an area that covers over 1.2 million people.[3]

Midco
Joint venture
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded1931 Minneapolis, Minnesota
HeadquartersSioux Falls, South Dakota
Area served
Minnesota
North Dakota
South Dakota
Wisconsin
Northeast Kansas
Key people
Pat McAdaragh (CEO)
Products
Owner
Websitewww.midco.com

History

Midcontinent Media was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1931 as the Welworth Theater Company, an operator of movie theaters. The company remained in that business until the 1990s, when it sold its theaters to various chains, including Carmike. In 1952, it bought the Midcontinent Broadcasting Company, owner of KELO-AM-FM in Sioux Falls; the company name changed to Midcontinent Media. The company also bought the construction permit for South Dakota's first television station, KELO-TV, which took to the air in 1953. Midcontinent purchased several other radio and television stations, but began exiting broadcasting in the 1990s (with KELO-TV and its satellites sold off to Young Broadcasting, currently owned by Media General, and later Nexstar), selling off the last of their radio holdings in 2004.

Midco diversified and extended its reach into other areas of the Upper Midwest, providing telephone and cable TV in rural parts of its service area, starting in the 1960s. In 1999, Midcontinent Media and AT&T Broadband (formerly known as TCI) merged their cable operations in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska into Midcontinent Communications, a joint venture between both companies. The partnership continued after Comcast's purchase of AT&T Broadband.

In the fall of 2008, Charter Communications announced their filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the sale of some assets in non-critical areas. On October 14, 2008, an article appeared in the Fairmont, Minnesota Sentinel,[4] reporting that Charter was selling parts of their system to Midcontinent Communications, including its Bemidji and International Falls headends. Starting February 1, 2009 Midcontinent Communications took over some Charter's cable systems in Minnesota including Balaton, Bemidji, Canby, Ely, Fairmont, International Falls, Littlefork, Sherburn, and surrounding communities. Other areas in Minnesota were sold off to Comcast.[5]

In June 2011, Midcontinent Communications acquired 33,000 Minnesota and Wisconsin subscribers from US Cable.

Midco previously provided paging service, starting in 1985, but sold its paging services to another South Dakota company, Vantek Communications, in 2004. The former paging service was renamed Midco Connections.

On January 12, 2016, the company officially adopted the shortened Midco name across all of their operations, rendering it in all-caps as "MIDCO", with the new tagline of "Let's Go".[6][7]

In October 2016, Midco acquired the assets of the cable system serving Lawrence, Kansas from Wide Open West.[8]

Midco Sports Network

Midco offers a regional sports network called Midco Sports Network (formerly MC23 until August 2010) exclusive to their service in standard and high definition which carries coverage of University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University sports, along with many other smaller colleges in the Dakotas and Minnesota.[9] Midco Sports Network is also the primary television provider for Summit League men's and women's basketball, providing a game of the week along with every game in both tournaments, and they broadcast the Summit League baseball championship. All the Summit League Midco Sports Network productions are simulcast on ESPN3 for areas where Midco Sports Network isn't available.

Midco Sports Network launched a new network, Midco Sports Kansas, in Lawrence. The network broadcasts high school sports and college games in the northeastern Kansas area.

References

  1. ^ "Finance - Google Search".
  2. ^ "Midcontinent Communications Overview and Coverage". broadbandnow.com. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  3. ^ "About Midcontinent Communications". broadbandmap.gov. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  4. ^ "New cable firm seeks support - FairmontSentinel.com | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Info. - Fairmont Sentinel". fairmontsentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  5. ^ [1] Archived April 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Schwan, Jodi (12 January 2015). "Midcontinent rebrands as Midco". Argus Leader. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  7. ^ "New Look for Region's Largest Communications Company" (Press release). MIDCO. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  8. ^ Valverde, Rochelle (21 October 2016). "WOW announces sale of Lawrence cable TV, internet operations; change may lead to gigabit service / LJWorld.com". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ Press Room

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2014–15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits men's basketball team

The 2014–15 South Dakota State Jackrabbits men's basketball team represented South Dakota State University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Jackrabbits, led by 20th year head coach Scott Nagy, played their home games at Frost Arena and were members of the Summit League. They finished the season 24–11, 12–4 in The Summit League play to finish in a share for The Summit League regular season championship. They advanced to the championship game of The Summit League Tournament where they lost to North Dakota State. As a regular season champion, and #1 seed in their league tournament, who failed to win their league tournament, they received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Colorado State in the first round before losing in the second round to Vanderbilt.

2016 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2016 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament was the post-season men's basketball tournament for the Summit League. The tournament was held from March 5–8, 2016 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The winners of the tournament, South Dakota State, received an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This was South Dakota State's third championship in five years.

2017 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2017 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament was the post-season men's basketball tournament for the Summit League. The tournament was held from March 4–7, 2017 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The winners of the tournament, South Dakota State, received an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament with a 79–77 win over Omaha in the finals. This was South Dakota State's fourth championship in six years.

2017 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2017 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament is an upcoming a post-season women's basketball tournament for The Summit League. The tournament will take place March 4–7 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Top 8 teams in the final standings will qualify for the tournament.

2018 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament

The 2018 Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament is an upcoming a post-season women's basketball tournament for The Summit League. The tournament will take place March 3–6, 2018 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Top 8 teams in the final standings will qualify for the tournament.

6News Lawrence

Channel 6 - Lawrence, KS was a 24-hour local information channel based in Lawrence, Kansas which served Douglas County, Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County west of Interstate 435. Owned by Midco Communications, the channel was based at the company's corporate headquarters at New Hampshire and Seventh Streets (near the offices for former sister newspaper, the Lawrence Journal-World) in downtown Lawrence. Previously, the channel was called 6 News Lawrence. Newscasts ceased after Midco Communications bought the organization in July 2017.

It was carried on Midco cable channel 6 in high definition throughout the provider's service area (which in addition to Lawrence, also included the communities of Eudora, Tonganoxie, Lecompton, Basehor, and the Piper neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas.

Carter County, Missouri

Carter County is a county in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,265. The county seat is Van Buren. The county was officially organized on March 10, 1859, and is named after Zimri A. Carter, a pioneer settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.

Carter County is located in the Ozarks region of southeast Missouri.

GTA Teleguam

GTA Teleguam (GTA) is the principal telecommunications company in Guam, providing telephone, cellular, internet and television services to residents of the island. The firm is based in Tamuning.The majority owner of GTA Telegaum is the Japanese firm Advantage Partners LLP, through its private equity investment funds. Advantage completed the purchase of GTA in 2011 following approval of the deal by the United States Federal Communications Commission and the Guam Public Utilities Commission. The President and Chief Executive Officer of GTA is Robert W. Haulbrook, Jr.

KBMY

KBMY is an ABC-affiliated television station licensed to Bismarck, North Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 17 from a transmitter near St. Anthony. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 8 in the Bismarck–Mandan area, Midco cable channel 17 in Dickinson, Consolidated Telcom cable channel 3 in Dickinson and varied cable channels in surrounding areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 608 in Bismarck–Mandan, Midco digital channel 617 in Dickinson and Consolidated Telcom digital channel 303 in Dickinson.

KMCY in Minot, North Dakota operates as a semi-satellite of KBMY for the northern portion of the Bismarck–Minot market. This outlet broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 14 from a transmitter southwest of Minot. The station can also be seen on Midco cable channel 9 in Minot and surrounding areas, Midco cable channel 7 in Williston, SRT cable channel 11 and varied cable channels in surrounding areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 609 (607 in Williston) and SRT digital channel 511. KMCY simulcasts all network and syndicated programming from KBMY, but airs separate commercials and legal identifications.

KBMY and KMCY are owned by Forum Communications of Fargo, and operate a news bureau and sales office on North 15th Street in Bismarck. Master control and internal operations for the two stations are based at the facilities of company flagship and fellow ABC affiliate WDAY-TV in Fargo. Forum owns all four ABC stations in North Dakota—WDAY-TV, WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, KBMY and KMCY.

KCPM (TV)

KCPM is a MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station licensed to Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States, serving eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. The station broadcasts a standard definition digital signal on virtual and UHF channel 27 from the Midco cable headend tower northwest of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

KCPM is owned by Chuck Poppen's Central Plains Media of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The station's broadcast signal has only been on the air intermittently since 2014, and was removed from Midco cable channel 9 in Grand Forks and Midco cable channel 3 in the Fargo–Moorhead area in December 2014. The station is only reportedly carried on Cable One channel 27 in Fargo–Moorhead, Charter Spectrum cable channel 9 in Fergus Falls, and Sjoberg's Cable channel 5 in Thief River Falls.

KCPM is a semi-satellite of independent station KCPO-LP in Sioux Falls, although it airs separate commercials, station identifications and sometimes different syndicated programming due to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) market regulations and KCPM's MyNetworkTV affiliation. KCPM has also reported adding Retro TV on digital subchannel 27.3 since summer 2015.

KFYR-TV

KFYR-TV is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Bismarck, North Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on UHF channel 31 (or virtual channel 5 via PSIP) from a transmitter near St. Anthony. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 7 in the Bismarck–Mandan area and cable channel 5 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 607.

Owned by Gray Television, KFYR maintains studios on North 4th Street and East Broadway Avenue in downtown Bismarck. It serves as the flagship station of NBC North Dakota, a regional network of four stations relaying NBC network and other programming provided by KFYR across central and western North Dakota, as well as bordering counties in Montana and South Dakota. The three satellite stations clear all network and syndicated programming as provided through KFYR but air separate legal identifications and commercial inserts. KQCD-TV (channel 7) in Dickinson simulcasts all of KFYR's programming, while KMOT (channel 10) in Minot also produces its own weekday local newscasts at 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 pm, and KUMV-TV (channel 8) in Williston simulcasts KMOT's newscasts with local inserts. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

KFYR's Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel can be seen on cable channel 4 in most areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 604. The cable channels previously carried KNDX until their programming moved to the NBC North Dakota network's subchannels. KFYR also serves as the only available NBC affiliate for central and western North Dakota for viewers of Dish Network and DirecTV.

KMOT

KMOT is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Minot, North Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 10 from a transmitter co-located with its studios at the intersection of 16th Street and 18th Avenue SW in Minot. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 7 in the Minot area, cable channel 5 in most other areas and SRT cable channel 9. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 607 and SRT digital channel 509.

Owned by Gray Television, KMOT is one of two full-fledged NBC stations in the NBC North Dakota regional network of NBC affiliates in central and western North Dakota, along with flagship station KFYR-TV (channel 5) in Bismarck. The NBC North Dakota network relays NBC network and other programming across central and western North Dakota, as well as bordering counties in Montana and South Dakota. The four stations along with fellow NBC affiliate KVLY-TV in Fargo often share news stories. Master control and some internal operations of KMOT are based at KFYR's facilities on North 4th Street and East Broadway Avenue in downtown Bismarck. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

KMOT also operates a semi-satellite, KUMV-TV (channel 8) in Williston, which airs local advertising and weekday newscast inserts focusing on the northwestern portion of the Minot–Bismarck market, but otherwise airs the same programming as KMOT. Although operated as a separate station in its own right, KMOT is actually considered a semi-satellite of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, which also has semi-satellite KQCD-TV (channel 7) in Dickinson. It clears all network and syndicated programming as provided through its parent but airs separate newscasts, legal identifications, and commercial inserts. KFYR and KQCD serve the southern portion of the Bismarck–Minot market while KMOT and KUMV serve the northern portion. The stations along with sister NBC affiliate KVLY-TV in Fargo often share news stories. Master control and some internal operations of KMOT are based at KFYR's facilities in Bismarck. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

The over-the-air signal of KMOT reaches portions of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, but is no longer available on any cable systems there.

KMOT's Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel can be seen on cable channel 4 in most areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 604 (603 in Williston) and SRT digital channel 504. The cable channels previously carried KXND until their programming moved to the NBC North Dakota network's subchannels. Dish Network and DirecTV only provide only KFYR as central and western North Dakota's NBC affiliate.

KQCD-TV

KQCD-TV is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Dickinson, North Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 7 from a transmitter near South Heart. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 7 and Consolidated Telcom cable channel 5 in Dickinson, and cable channel 7 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 607 and Consolidated Telcom digital channel 305.

Owned by Gray Television, KQCD maintains a news bureau and advertising sales office on 21st Street East in Dickinson. KQCD is part of the four-station NBC North Dakota regional network of NBC affiliates in central and western North Dakota, originating from flagship station KFYR-TV (channel 5) in Bismarck. The NBC North Dakota network relays NBC network and other programming from KFYR across central and western North Dakota, as well as bordering counties in Montana and South Dakota. The four stations along with fellow NBC affiliate KVLY-TV in Fargo often share news stories. Master control and some internal operations of KQCD are based at KFYR's facilities on North 4th Street and East Broadway Avenue in downtown Bismarck. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

Though identifying as a station in its own right, KQCD is a semi-satellite of KFYR-TV in Bismarck. While it airs separate commercials and legal identifications, for most of the day it airs a time-shifted feed of KFYR in Mountain Time. Most of the station's coverage area, including Dickinson itself, is in the Mountain Time Zone, and its primetime schedule starts at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. for its sister stations.

KQCD's Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel can be seen on cable channel 4 in most areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 604 and Consolidated Telcom digital channel 304 in Dickinson. The cable channels previously carried KNDX until their programming moved to the NBC North Dakota network's subchannels. KNDX's former low-powered repeater in Dickinson, KNDX-LD (channel 38), continues as a simulcast of the Fox subchannel.

KUMV-TV

KUMV-TV is a dual NBC/Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Williston, North Dakota, United States. It broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 8 from a transmitter west of Williston near the North Dakota–Montana border. The station can also be seen on Midcontinent Communications cable channel 5 in Williston, and cable channel 8 in most other areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 605.

Owned by Gray Television, KUMV maintains a news studio and advertising sales office at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 2 Business) and 6th Street East in Williston. KUMV is part of the four-station NBC North Dakota regional network of NBC affiliates in central and western North Dakota, originating from flagship station KFYR-TV (channel 5) in Bismarck. The NBC North Dakota network relays NBC network and other programming from KFYR across central and western North Dakota, as well as bordering counties in Montana and South Dakota. The four stations along with fellow NBC affiliate KVLY-TV in Fargo often share news stories. Master control and some internal operations of KUMV are based at KFYR's facilities on North 4th Street and East Broadway Avenue in downtown Bismarck. The four stations are counted as a single unit for ratings purposes.

KUMV operates as a semi-satellite of KMOT (channel 10) in Minot. KMOT is itself is a semi-satellite of KFYR-TV in Bismarck, which also has semi-satellite KQCD-TV (channel 7) in Dickinson. KUMV identifies itself as a station in its own right, but simulcasts all programming from KMOT. However, KUMV airs local news inserts into KMOT's weeknight newscasts, as well as separate commercials and legal identifications. The Montana portion of KUMV's viewing area is within the Mountain Time Zone, and the station's primetime schedule starts at 6 p.m. rather than the usual 7 p.m. for the time zone.

The over-the-air signal of KUMV reaches portions of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, but is no longer available on any cable systems there. KUMV is also carried in the Glendive, Montana market through cable television; and until 2013, it operated a translator, K13PL in that city. CBS affiliate KXGN-TV in Glendive also has a digital subchannel carrying NBC programming, but it is not associated with KUMV and airs separate programming that includes newscasts from Billings NBC affiliate KULR-TV.

KUMV's Fox-affiliated second digital subchannel can be seen on Midco cable channel 3 in Williston. There is a high definition feed provided on Midco digital channel 603. The cable channels previously carried KXND until their programming moved to the NBC North Dakota network's subchannels.

KXJB-LD

KXJB-LD, virtual and UHF digital channel 30, is a CBS-affiliated television station serving Fargo, North Dakota, United States. Licensed to nearby Horace and owned by Gray Television, it is a sister station to NBC affiliate KVLY-TV (channel 11), and the two stations share studios on 21st Avenue South in Fargo. KXJB-LD broadcasts a 1080i high definition signal from a transmitter located at the KXJB/KVLY studios.

Due to KXJB's low-power status, its over-the-air signal does not adequately cover the vast Fargo–Grand Forks market. Therefore, the station's main CBS channel is simulcast on KVLY's second digital subchannel in 720p HD to increase its over-the-air broadcasting radius. This signal duplicates most of the coverage area of the previous KXJB (channel 4, now KRDK-TV), providing strong coverage to much of the eastern half of North Dakota from Fargo through Grand Forks to Valley City, as well as northwestern Minnesota. KVLY's transmitter, which is the tallest above-ground structure in the Western Hemisphere, is located near Blanchard. KVLY's transmitter also transmits KXJB's much lower powered translator K28MA-D (licensed to Argusville), carrying all of KXJB's subchannels on channel 28. A second translator, K30LR-D in Grand Forks, carries all of the KXJB subchannels on channel 30.

KXJB's main CBS channel can be seen on cable channel 9 on Midco and Cable One, DirecTV channel 30, Dish Network channel 4 (an attribute to the predecessor CBS affiliate's licensed channel), and in high definition on Midco digital channel 604 and Cable One digital channel 1009. It is also available on Hulu's Live TV service.

Spectrum Sports (Kansas City)

Spectrum Sports is an American regional sports cable and satellite television network that is owned by Charter Communications. The channel mainly serves the Kansas City metropolitan area; Lawrence, Kansas; and the state of Nebraska. In addition to being carried on Charter Spectrum systems in the Kansas City area, it is currently available on cable providers such as Comcast and MIDCO in metropolitan Kansas City, Lawrence, and areas of Nebraska. As of March 31, 2011, it was available in approximately 500,000 households.

United States Satellite Broadcasting

United States Satellite Broadcasting was a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based satellite television company that ran from 1981 to 1999. It was absorbed into DirecTV in 1999.

University of North Dakota Sports Network

The UND Sports Network (UNDSN) was a regional sports network based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, operated by the University of North Dakota and WDAZ-TV. The network operated from 2002 until March 2012; through 2010 the network was branded as the Fighting Sioux Sports Network (FSSN).

WDAZ's sports director, Pat Sweeney, was the primary sports commentator for the network.

The channel was available in North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota on cable television. On Midcontinent Communications systems, it was commonly simulcast on the Midco Sports Network. Select games were aired on Forum Communications TV stations WDAZ-TV, WDAY-TV, KBMY, and KMCY.

The UND Sports Network aired live telecasts of University of North Dakota athletics. The channel carried all home men's hockey games, several away hockey games, and several football, women's hockey games, volleyball and basketball games throughout the season. During its years of operation, some of UNDSN's programming was picked up by ESPNU or Fox College Sports.

Similar programming is now carried directly by Midco Sports Network. The University of North Dakota Television Center also carries minor sports programming on its local cable channel, UND3.

Wide Open West

Wide Open West (doing business as WOW!) is the sixth largest cable operator in the United States. The company offers landline telephone, Cable Television, and broadband Internet services. As of November 13, 2017, WOW! has about 776,400 subscribers.After a 2017 initial public offering, Wide Open West is publicly traded with Avista Capital Partners and Crestview Partners retaining significant stakes.

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