Blue Mtns. Now

In 2019, the Oregon Legislative Assembly signed SB 394 authorizing translator districts to broadcast their own local TV channels. BMTD planned to launch a noncommercial TV station in Q3 2020, but we are accelerating plans to launch in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 National Emergency. The local channel will be broadcast over the air on Channel 16-4 in partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group. BMTD’s channel will also be streamed online at, Facebook, and YouTube.

BMTD will prioritize broadcasting government meetings, public safety announcements, and educational content. Follow us on social media for the latest updates.

The Strategic Plan is available here:

TelVue Article:

Local Governments

BMTD is a one-stop-shop to facilitate remote meetings for local governments in northeast Oregon. We can provide counties, cities, school boards, and special districts with the following:

  • Video Chat for agency officials
  • Screen Sharing for meeting materials
  • Phone Number for public participation
  • Livestreaming at, Facebook, and YouTube
  • Broadcast over the air on Channel 16-4 (In Progress)
  • Live public safety alerting for community members


BMTD is a nonprofit local government special district primarily supported by annual $100 service charges for watching antenna TV. BMTD’s local channel is a noncommercial TV station. Donations and underwriting to support BMTD’s channel will ensure that our station serves our entire community during the COVID-19 National Emergency. Donors and underwriters of BMTD’s local channel may receive recognition in accordance with FCC rules for noncommercial stations.


BMTD has access to a large catalog of syndicated educational TV shows. BMTD will work with school districts and other education partners to enrich K-12 and collegiate learning.

Local Programming

Have a podcast? Web show? Vlog? BMTD will partner with local content creators to broadcast, stream, and syndicate locally-produced content.