Montana Public Radio

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Montana Public Radio
TypePublic Radio Network
First air date
Broadcast area
OwnerUniversity of Montana
AffiliationNational Public Radio
American Public Media
Public Radio International
WebcastAvailable on website
Official website

Montana Public Radio is a network of public radio stations serving the U.S. state of Montana, primarily the western part of the state. The network is currently owned by the University of Montana, and its studios are located on the university campus in Missoula, with a satellite facility in Great Falls. The network is affiliated with National Public Radio. Programming originates from flagship station KUFM (89.1 FM) in Missoula, Montana.


Montana Public Radio began in 1965 when KUFM in Missoula signed on as a 10-watt campus radio station. In 1974, it became a charter member of National Public Radio.

Starting in the late 1970s, it began building translators across western Montana. Its first full-power satellite, in Great Falls, signed on in 1984. In 1999, a signal extension project funded mostly by a federal grant made it possible to sign on new stations in Kalispell and Hamilton and upgrade translators in Butte and Helena to full-power stations.

Satellites and repeaters[edit]

Montana Public Radio consists of eight full-power stations:

Location Frequency Call sign ERP HAAT FCC info
Butte 91.3 FM KAPC 800 watts 571 meters (1,873 ft) FCC
Great Falls 89.9 FM KGPR 9,500 watts 90 meters (300 ft) FCC
Hamilton 91.9 FM KUFN 900 watts 130 meters (430 ft) FCC
Helena 91.7 FM KUHM 910 watts 232 meters (761 ft) FCC
Kalispell 90.1 FM KUKL 1,830 watts 786 meters (2,579 ft) FCC
Libby 90.5 FM KUFL 1,000 watts −318 meters (−1,043 ft) FCC
Missoula 89.1 FM KUFM 14,500 watts 754 meters (2,474 ft) FCC
Polson 89.5 FM KPJH 130 watts 570 meters (1,870 ft) FCC

The network also operates five translators.

Call sign Frequency
City of license ERP
Class FCC info
K219DN 91.7 Dillon, Montana 210 D FCC
K216BE 91.1 Ferndale, Montana 48 D FCC
K296BI 107.1 Marysville, Montana 44 D FCC
K218AI 91.5 Rattlesnake Valley, Montana 34 D FCC
K219BN 91.7 Whitefish, Montana 21 D FCC

All translators directly repeat KUFM, except for the White Sulphur Springs translator, which repeats KGPR.


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