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Missoula, Montana
United States
Branding KPAX: KPAX 8 (general)
KAJJ: KAJ 18 (general) KPAX, Montana's News Station (newscasts)
Slogan Fair. Accurate. To the Point.
Channels Digital: 7 (VHF)
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
Subchannels 8.1 CBS/MTN
8.2 The CW
Translators KAJJ-CD 39 Kalispell
Affiliations CBS
Owner Cordillera Communications
(KPAX Communications, Inc.)
First air date 1970 (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
Licensing authority FCC
Public license information: Profile

KPAX-TV is a television station in Missoula, Montana, broadcasting locally on channel 8 as an affiliate of CBS, with programming from The CW on digital suchannel 8.2. The station is owned by Evening Post Industries. The station is part of the Evening Post's Montana Television Network, a network of Montana CBS stations. The CW digital subchannel is known as Western Montana CW.

KPAX also operates a Class-A low-powered station in Kalispell, Montana, KAJJ-CD channel 39; known on-air as KAJ, the station broadcasts the same schedule as KPAX, but with local ads and news segments. KAJJ also has its own weeknight 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts with a separate anchor, which was introduced in 2010.


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. KAJJ was established in 1984[2] as K18AJ; it became KAJJ-CA in 2011, and KAJJ-CD in 2012.

For most (if not all) of its existence, it has been a primary CBS affiliate.[3] However, it carried ABC with KECI-TV until KTMF signed on in 1991.

In January, 2013 KPAX/KAJ tore down their set of 9 years and relocated to their temporary studio until their new studio is unveiled in February, 2013.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital signal is multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[4]
8.1 1080i 16:9 KPAX-DT Main KPAX-TV programming / CBS
8.2 720p KPAX-CW Western Montana CW

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

KPAX-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 8, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate.[5] The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7.[6] Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.

News operation[edit]


KPAX offers programming from CBS and national news from CBS News. They also offer farm and ranch reports weekdays during Montana this Morning and The Noon News.

On-air staff[edit]

Current on-air staff[7][8][edit]

Missoula Anchors

  • Jill Valley - weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also assistant news director
  • Mike Powers - weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also news director
  • Justine Judge - weekday mornings Montana This Morning (5:30-7:00 a.m.); also reporter
  • Simone DeAlba - weekdays at noon; The Noon News is fed from sister station KTVQ 2 in Billings
  • Brenda Bassett - weekends at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also weeknight reporter

Kalispell Anchors

  • Tiffany Murphy - weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter

Missoula reporters

  • Dennis Bragg - general assignment reporter
  • Bernie Riggs - general assignment reporter
  • Brin Merkley - general assignment reporter
  • Daniel Erusha - general assignment reporter
  • Jacquelien Quynh - general assignment reporter
  • Aaron Taylor - general assignment reporter
  • Sanjay Talwani - state political reporter

Kalispell reporters

  • Dax VanFossen - general assignment reporter
  • Laura Wilson - general assignment reporter
  • Sanjay Talwani - state political reporter

STORMTracker Weather Team

  • Erin Yost - chief weather anchor; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Courtney Ferguson - meteorologist; Montana this Morning (5:30-7:00 a.m.)
  • Ed McIntosh - meteorologist; weekdays at noon; The Noon News is fed from sister station KTVQ 2 in Billings
  • Russ Thomas - meteorologist; weekends at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m., also reporter

Sports team

  • Derek Buerkle - sports director; weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.
  • Dan Cimmino - weekend sports anchor at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; sports reporter

Northern Ag Network

  • Russel Nemetz - weekdays during Montana This Morning (5:30-7:00 a.m.) and The Noon News (12:00-12:30 p.m.)
  • Haylie Schipp - fill-in anchor; also reporter

Station personnel[edit]

  • Whitney Caldrone - web reporter
  • Brian Kohler - engineer
  • Doug Sebastian - chief engineer
  • Mark Thorsell - web reporter
  • Chuck Wilson - engineer

Notable former on-air staff[edit]

  • Andy Baskin - sports director. Now at WEWS-Cleveland
  • Angela Marshall - KAJ/KPAX 5:30 and 10:00 news anchor/reporter until August, 2012; currently at KTMF-TV as producer and assignment editor

News/station presentation[edit]

KPAX newscast titles[edit]

  • The 10:00 News (1970–present)
  • The Noon News (midday newscast; 1970s-present)
  • Montana's News Station (1993–present)
  • First At 5:30 (??–2003)
  • Montana This Morning (weekday morning newscast; 2003–present)
  • The 5:30 News (2003–present)

KAJJ-CD newscast titles[edit]

  • KAJ 5:30 News (2010–present)
  • KAJ 10:00 News (2010–present)

Weather titles[edit]

  • Storm Watch Weather (??-2003)
  • Storm Tracker Weather (2005–present)

Station slogans[edit]

  • "Coverage You Can Count On" (2003–2005)
  • "Fair. Accurate. To the Point." (2005–present)



  1. ^ The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 5, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 1.
  2. ^ "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Listing of channel lineups in TV Guide Montana Edition
  4. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for KPAX
  5. ^ Eggerton, John (2009-06-29). "Boise Station Gets Power Boost". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  7. ^ KPAX News Staff
  8. ^ KAJ News Team
  9. ^ "Christine Clayburg's LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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