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KPAX-TV to continue relationship with Griz footballPosted on July 22

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MISSOULA - Every game on the 2009 Univeristy of Montana football season will be seen live across the state on Montana's News Station and CW Montana.

In addition, GrizCentral.com will feature replays of select games on Grizzly Rewind along with The Bobby Hauck Show, several Griz features, and daily coverage of the team.

The announcement was made Wednesday by UM athletic director Jim O'Day.

The season will open on CW Montana when the Grizzlies host Western State of Colorado on Sept. 5. The broadcast schedule also includes all eight Big Sky Conference games, Montana's homecoming game against Cal Poly, and the annual classic between Montana and Montana State.

"We are very thankful to Bob Hermes and KPAX Television for their continued commitments to Montana Grizzly football," said O'Day. "It is very unique in today's ever-changing economy to have a Division I football team that has all of its games televised - both home and away."

Hermes, KPAX president and general manager, also serves as executive producer of the telecasts.

KPAX sports director Phil Buck will return for his third season of calling the games, with former Griz quarterbacks Grady Bennett and John Edwards providing color commentary throughout the season.

Stations airing the games will include KPAX, Missoula; KAJ, Kalispell; KTVQ, Billings; KBZK, Bozeman; KXLF, Butte; KRTV, Great Falls; KXLH, Helena; and KXGN, Glendive.

CW Montana, the digital companion to Montana's News Station, also is available in several Montana communities. It can be seen free in Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte and Great Falls.

The CW Montana signal also is available on Dish Network, DirecTV and several cable systems. A complete list of CW Montana availability can be found at www.cwmontana.com.

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