|Branding||KPAX 8 (KPAX general)|
KAJ 18 (KAJJ general)
MTN News (newscasts)
|Slogan||Fair. Accurate. To the Point.|
|Channels||Digital: 7 (VHF)|
Virtual: 8 (PSIP)
8.3 Grit TV
|Translators||KAJJ-CD 18 (18 UHF) Kalispell|
|Affiliations||CBS (1970–1976, 1984–present)|
(sale to the E. W. Scripps Company pending)
(KPAX Communications, LLC)
|First air date||1970|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:|
8 (VHF, 1970–2009)
|Former affiliations||ABC (1970–1991; secondary from 1970–1976 and 1984–1991)|
|Transmitter power||22.5 kW|
|Height||653.5 m (2,144 ft)|
|Public license information||Profile|
KPAX-TV, virtual channel 8 (VHF digital channel 7), is a CBS-affiliated television station licensed to Missoula, Montana, United States. The station is owned by the Cordillera Communications subsidiary of Evening Post Industries, and is part of the Montana Television Network, a statewide network of CBS-affiliated stations. KPAX's studios are located on West Central Avenue in Missoula, and its transmitter is located on TV Mountain north of the city.
KPAX also operates a Class A low-powered station in Kalispell, Montana, KAJJ-CD (virtual channel 18, UHF digital channel 18); known on-air as KAJ, the station broadcasts the same schedule as KPAX, but with local commercials and news segments. To comply with the requirements of its Class A license, KAJJ also produces its own weeknight 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts with a separate anchor, which were introduced in 2010.
Channel 8 signed on for the first time in 1970 as a semi-satellite of KXLF-TV in Butte. The station was originally owned by Garryowen Corporation, controlled by Joe Sample, as part of the Montana Television Network. In 1977, KPAX opened a new studio on Regent Street in Missoula and severed the electronic umbilical cord with Butte.
For most of its existence, KPAX-TV has been a primary CBS affiliate. However, it shared ABC with KGVO-TV (channel 13, now KECI-TV) until 1976, when KPAX, along with KXLF-TV, upgraded ABC to a primary affiliation, relegating CBS to a secondary affiliation shared with KGVO. KPAX returned to CBS in 1984, and continued to air ABC in off-hours (shared with KECI) until KTMF (channel 23) signed on in 1991.
In 1984, Sample sold the MTN stations to SJL, Inc. for $20 million. SJL, in turn, sold KPAX-TV, KXLF-TV, and KRTV in Great Falls to Evening Post Publishing Company, through its Cordillera Communications subsidiary, for $24 million in 1986.
KAJJ was established in 1984 as K18AJ. Its original owner, Telecrafter Broadcasting Corporation (whose principals, Thomas A. Curtis and Daniel W. Coon, were stockholders in KOUS-TV in Billings and KYUS-TV in Miles City), sold K18AJ to Cordillera in 1988. It became KAJJ-CA in 2011, and KAJJ-CD in 2012.
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.
Notable former on-air staff
- Christine Clayburg - meteorologist
- The Broadcasting and Cable Yearbook says June 5, while the Television and Cable Factbook says May 1.
- 1972 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF). 1972. p. A-35. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- "Listing of channel lineups in TV Guide Montana Edition". matthewsittel.com. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- "In Brief" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 7, 1976. p. 24. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- Broadcasting Yearbook 1977 (PDF). 1977. p. B-116. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1985 (PDF). 1985. p. C-36. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. January 16, 1984. p. 138. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
- "Changing Hands" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 29, 1986. p. 78. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
- "Application Search Details (KAJJ-CD)". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved January 17, 2011.
- "In re Applications … For Construction Permit for a New Television Station Billings, Montana". Federal Communications Commission. October 6, 1987. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
Curtis and Coon each own a 50% in Telecrafter Broadcasting Corporation, licensee of LPTV station K18AJ, Kalispell, Montana.
- "Public Notice Content". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- RabbitEars TV Query for KPAX
- RabbitEars TV Query for KAJJ-CD
- 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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.