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MontanaPBS has worked for over a decade to be able to offer Kalispell and the Flathead Valley our over the air broadcast signal. This project is almost complete! With support from The Corporation of Public Broadcasting, private foundations, MontanaPBS members & viewers, and Flathead Valley citizens, our 5 channel digital service will be available to the Flathead Valley this fall.

  • The channels are:
    • MontanaPBS HD – our standard mix of children’s shows, how to programs, local docs and series like “Backroads of Montana”, “11th and Grant with Eric Funk”, and “Montana Ag Live”, and national favorites like “Antiques Roadshow”, “Masterpiece Classic”, “NOVA”, “Nature”, “PBS Newshour” and more – with most primetime programs in High Definition
    • MontanaPBS Kids – a 24 hour children’s educational channel airing the quality programs people have come to expect from MontanaPBS including “Sesame Street”, “Dinosaur Train”, “Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That”, “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman”, “Curious George” and more.  This channel carries a larger variety of children’s programming than our standard HD channel.
    • MontanaPBS Create – a 24 hour Life Long Learning channel that includes programs on cooking, woodworking, travel and more.  Some of the shows you’ll see on this channel include:  “Rick Steve’s Europe Classics”, “This Old House”, “Martha’s Sewing Room” and “Cooks Country from America’s Test Kitchen
    • MontanaPBS World – a 24 hour News, Public Affairs and Documentary programming.  Some of the programs include:  “American Experience”; “John McLaughlin’s One on One”; “Independent Lens”; “Nature”; “Global Voices” as well as “PBS Newshour” and “Washington Week”.
    • Montana Capitol Coverage– The daily coverage of the Montana legislature provided by Helena Civic TV providing an “as it happens” glimpse into the state government committee meetings, hearings and floor discussions.
  • The channels will be 46.1, 46.2, 46.3, 46.4, 46.5.
  • Twenty percent of the area population currently receives television through an antenna.  The population reached by the signal will be roughly 85,000 people.
  • The transmitter will provide a free, over-the-air signal accessed by antenna.  With many people choosing to eliminate cable or satellite due to the economy, having quality television available for free and for all becomes essential.
  • MontanaPBS is Montana’s only public television service and is comprised of two stations – KUSM, licensed to MSU in Bozeman and KUFM, licensed to UM in Missoula.



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Update on the Helena Conversion

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With generous support from our Power the Tower campaign, we have reached our $12,000 community goal.
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