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Missoula, Montana
Branding KPAX, Montana's News Station
Slogan Fair. Accurate. To the Point.
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Translators K18AJ Kalispell
Affiliations CBS/MTN

The CW (DT2)

Owner Evening Post Publishing Company

(KPAX Communications, Inc.)

First air date 1970[1]
Former channel number(s) Analog:

8 (VHF, 1970-2009)

Transmitter power 22.5 kW
Height 653.5 m
Facility ID 35455
Transmitter coordinates 47°1′2.9″N 114°0′50.1″W / 47.017472°N 114.013917°W / 47.017472; -114.013917

KPAX also operates a Class-A low-powered station in Kalispell, Montana, K18AJ channel 18; known on-air as KAJ, the station broadcasts the same schedule as KPAX, but with local ads and news segments. Coincidentally, the station has a name similar to the book and subsequent Kevin Spacey film K-PAX.

Channel 8 signed on for the first time in 1970 as a semi-satellite of KXLF-TV in Butte. In 1977, KPAX opened a new studio on Regent Street in Missoula and severed the electronic umbilical cord with Butte.

For most (if not all) of its existence, it has been a primary CBS affiliate.[2] However, it carried ABC with KECI-TV until KTMF signed on in 1991.

[edit] Repeaters

[edit] Digital television

After the DTV conversion on June 12, 2009, KPAX was one of more than ten stations requesting a power increase because of the problems with VHF digital signals.[3]

[edit] Personalities

[edit] Current-News Personalities

KPAX/KAJ News Anchors

  • Angela Marshall: Weekday Morning News Anchor
  • Angela Douglas: Weekday Noon News Anchor
  • Jill Valley: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekday News Anchor/Assistant News Director
  • Mark Holyoak: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekday News Anchor
  • Andrea Lutz: 5:30 and 10:00 Weekend News Anchor/Reporter

KPAX/KAJ News Reporters

  • Breanna Roy: News Reporter
  • Dax VanFossen: KAJ reporter
  • Amanda Huff: KAJ reporter
  • Robin O'Day: News reporter
  • Laura Wilson: Reporter
  • Erin Yost: Reporter
  • Beth Saboe: Reporter

KPAX/KAJ STORMTracker Weather Team

  • Erin Yost: Chief Meteorologist
  • Russ Thomas: Morning Meteorologist
  • Ed McIntosh: Noon Meteorologist
  • Ryan Coleman: Weekend Weather Anchor


  • Dereck Buerkle: Sports Director
  • Shane Ewing:Weekend Sports
  • Northern Ag Network
  • Farm and Ranch reports on the Noon News Monday-Friday


  • Doug Sebastian: Chief Engineer
  • Brian Kohler: Engineer
  • Chuck Wilson: Engineer

[edit] Notable staff

  • Kathy Weber: worked here as a anchor/reporter before going to KULR-TV
  • Christine Clayburg: Emmy award winning meteorologist, worked here for a time.
  • Garrison Courtney: current Chief of Public Affairs of the Drug Enforcement Agency, worked as a reporter and weekend weather anchor here.
  • Adéle Lewis: current Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Transportation, worked as an Anchor/Reporter from 1992-1994.
  • Ian Marquand: news anchor/reporter and special projects coordinator, 1979-January 6, 2009 [1]

[edit] News/Station presentation

[edit] Morning Newscast Titles

  • Montana This Morning (2003-present)

[edit] Noon Newscast Titles

  • The Noon News (1970s-present)

[edit] Newscast titles

  • Montana's News Station (1993-present)
  • The 5:30 News (1970-present)
  • The 10:00 News (1970-present)

[edit] Weekend Newscast Titles

  • The Weekend Edition The 5:30 News and The 10:00 News (????-present)

[edit] Weather Titles

  • Storm Tracker Weather (2003-Present)

[edit] Station slogans

  • Fair. Accurate. To the Point. (2003-present)

[edit] References

  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 5, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 1.
  2. ^ Listing of channel lineups in TV Guide Montana Edition
  3. ^ Eggerton, John (2009-06-29). "Boise Station Gets Power Boost". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-07-01.

[edit] External links

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