About KIMT 3The station signed-on for the first time on May 15, 1954 as KGLO-TV owned by Lee Enterprises along with the GLObe Gazette and KGLO radio (AM 1300 and FM 101.1). On the station's first day, reception of its analog signal on VHF channel 3 was reported as far away as Gary, Indiana. The original effective radiated power of 100,000 watts was the maximum amount permitted on the heritage allotment. It was affiliated with CBS owing to its radio sister's long affiliation with CBS Radio, but also carried a secondary relation with DuMont until 1956 when the latter ceased operations.
In August 1977, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that one company could not own all the media outlets in a city, forcing Lee Enterprises to break up its cluster in Mason City. As a result, KGLO-AM was sold to BY Communications in 1977 and the television station was renamed KIMT (standing for Iowa/Minnesota Television). In 1980, it was sold to the Shott family of Bluefield, West Virginia and their Daily Telegraph Printing Company. However, in 1984, they sold KIMT and WBTW in Florence, South Carolina to Spartan Radiocasting Company (later to become Spartan Communications).