The Networks of Mid-Missouri operates four television stations from its studio on the north side of Columbia. The nearly 80 employees of the networks are proud to provide the Columbia-Jefferson City market with news and programming from two major television networks, ABC and FOX. The company also provides myNetworkTV and Me-TV programming in central Missouri.
The Networks of Mid-Missouri got its start as KCBJ-TV in December 1971 when it signed on as the area’s ABC affiliate on channel 17. One of the first programs to air on KCBJ was the network’s popular Monday Night Football, which featured the Kansas City Chiefs for the station’s initial game.
The Koenig family held the original license on KCBJ and watched the station grow over its first 15 years before selling it to Stauffer Communications, who changed the call letters to KMIZ. In 1997, KMIZ-TV added a FOX affiliate, KQFX, to its lineup.
In the last decade, the company has seen a tremendous amount of growth. ABC 17 News has more than doubled its news production in the last six years. FOX 22 is on in more Mid-Missouri homes than ever before. The additions of myNetworkTV and Me-TV affiliates give the company more programming choices than any other television company in the market. Additionally, the station has seen rapid growth with its main website abc17news.com, which provides Mid-Missourians on the go with up-to-the-minute news and weather.
The Networks of Mid-Missouri is currently owned by the News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG) based in St. Joseph, Mo. NPG is a diverse media company owned by the Bradley family since 1951. Its nearly 1100 employees are committed to the success of the people and the businesses in the communities they serve.
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