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Montana Public Media kicks off new stations in Flathead Valley

November 1, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio recently completed construction of a tower and launched new broadcast stations to serve the northern Flathead Valley.

Residents in Whitefish, Big Fork, Kalispell, Polson, Columbia Falls and Lakeside can now receive over-the-air signals of five digital channels of PBS programming and a more reliable MTPR signal.

MontanaPBS went live on Oct. 11. The five channels - Montana PBS (high definition), Montana PBS Kids, Montana PBS Create, Montana PBS World and Montana Capitol Coverage - are all available free over-the-air to those using rabbit ears-style antenna with their digitally capable televisions.

The Montana Public Radio signal broadcasts on a new frequency of 90.1 FM that is more powerful than MTPR's previous transmitter on Big Mountain.

MTPR also recently initiated public radio service to Libby, via KUFL 90.5 FM, and has improved coverage in the Polson and south Flathead Valley area, via KPJH 89.5 FM.

Flathead Valley residents can now receive the enhanced signals, the result of a $1.6 million "Power to the Towers" effort to improve MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio service in the Flathead Valley.

MontanaPBS and Montana Public Radio, known collectively as Montana Public Media, have been working on a fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 in local funds to support "Power to the Towers." Thus far, the campaign has brought in $50,000.

For more information, contact Montana PBS and Anne Hossner, director of fundraising and external relations, (406) 994-6221 or anne_hossner@montanapbs.org.