|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)
8.2 The CW
|Translators||KAJJ-CD 39 Kalispell|
(KPAX Communications, Inc.)
|First air date||1970|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
8 (VHF, 1970-2009)
|Transmitter power||22.5 kW|
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Digital television
- 3 News operation
- 4 Repeaters
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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 as K18AJ; it became KAJJ-CA in 2011, and KAJJ-CD in 2012.
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.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|8.1||1080i||16:9||KPAX-DT||Main KPAX-TV programming / CBS|
|8.2||720p||KPAX-CW||Western Montana CW|
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. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition VHF channel 7. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 8.
- 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
- Tiffany Murphy - weeknights at 5:30 and 10:00 p.m.; also reporter
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Whitney Caldrone - web reporter
- Brian Kohler - engineer
- Doug Sebastian - chief engineer
- Mark Thorsell - web reporter
- Chuck Wilson - engineer
Notable former on-air staff
- 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
KPAX newscast titles
- 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
- KAJ 5:30 News (2010–present)
- KAJ 10:00 News (2010–present)
- Storm Watch Weather (??-2003)
- Storm Tracker Weather (2005–present)
- "Coverage You Can Count On" (2003–2005)
- "Fair. Accurate. To the Point." (2005–present)
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 5, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 1.
- "Application Search Details". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
- Listing of channel lineups in TV Guide Montana Edition
- RabbitEars TV Query for KPAX
- Eggerton, John (2009-06-29). "Boise Station Gets Power Boost". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
- "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and the Second Rounds" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-03-24.
- KPAX News Staff
- KAJ News Team
- "Christine Clayburg's LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- Official KPAX-TV website
- Official KAJJ-CD website
- Western Montana CW
- Query the FCC's TV station database for KPAX
- BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KPAX-TV