Over a half-century of service to Great Falls and North Central Montana
Max Media of Montana is a statewide group of television stations comprised of the ABC and Fox Network-affiliated stations in Missoula, Kalispell, Butte, Bozeman, Great Falls and Helena, and the NBC station in Billings.
Since its inception in March 2001, Max Media of Montana has pursued an aggressive growth strategy towards the goal of becoming Montana's premiere television broadcast group. On March 1, 2001, Max Media of Montana purchased five television stations from Continental Television. This group included KTMF & KTMF-LP, the ABC affiliates in Missoula and Kalispell, KWYB & KWYB-LP, the ABC affiliates in Butte and Bozeman, and KTGF, the NBC Affiliate in Great Falls.
June 2004 brought the acquisition of news powerhouse KULR – 8, the NBC affiliate in Billings and one of Montana's first television stations when it signed on the air in March of 1958.
In November 2004, Max Media sold KTGF in Great Falls to Destiny Communications and closed on its purchase of KFBB and KHBB, the ABC affiliates in Great Falls and Helena respectively.
Shortly thereafter, in February 2005, Max Media formed the Montana News Network – a vehicle to share its news and information resources between its stations spanning the state. The award winning newscasts of KULR, KFBB and the other Max stations benefit from, as well as contribute to, the network effort.
The Fall of 2005 saw the formation of another Max Media entity, the Montana Sports Network, which produces and airs MSU Bobcat Football and University of Montana Grizzly Football on seven Max-owned stations across the state. Max Media was the first Montana television group to produce and air local football games in high-definition. Additionally, Max Media produced and aired its first Cat/Griz Basketball games in January 2013.
February of 2006 brought the creation of The 10@10, an abbreviated local newscast featuring full weather and sports 7 nights a week on the ABC stations in the Missoula/Kalispell and Butte/Bozeman markets. 10@10's success has grown continuously since it's debut giving viewers a chance to see the weather forecast and a complete look at the days sports every night without having to stay up late. This launch added additional local news to Max Media's already substantial newscast offerings in Billings, Great Falls, and Helena. It was re-launched in HD in February 2013.
In October of 2008, Max Media launched the local Fox Network affiliate in Helena. This was followed by the acquisition of the Fox Network affiliations in Missoula/Kalispell, Butte/Bozeman and Great Falls in July 2009 and the launch of Montana's first 9pm newscast on the Fox stations in Great Falls and Helena in April 2012.
The launch of Fox Montana News at 9pm in HD and the conversion of KULR's multiple newscasts to HD became Montana's first local newscasts produced and aired in high definition -- adding another first-in-Montana for the company.
Max Media has established itself as Montana's leader in local high-definition television. In addition to its locally produced college sports and news in HD, Max Media's television stations throughout the state are currently the only Montana stations able to air local HD commercials.
Max Media's commitment to locally produced programming, news, and sports plus quality programming and sports from ABC, Fox and NBC are making Max Media television stations the preferred choice of Montana viewers and advertisers throughout the state.