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Aug 24, 2011 6:16 PM by MTN

New play-by-play announcer, Griz games in high def this season

MISSOULA- The Montana Television Network has named Dennis Patchin as the new television voice of the Montana Grizzlies. Patchin will take to the air with MTN's telecast of the Griz home opener against Cal-Poly on September 10. In addition, MTN will broadcast all of Montana's Big Sky Conference games in high definition.

Patchin has an extensive resume of work throughout the Pacific Northwest. He's been the television voice for every team in Spokane and many others around the area, including the Spokane Chiefs, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Washington State Cougars, Idaho Vandals, Eastern Washington Eagles, Whitworth Pirates, Spokane Indians, and G.S.L. football and basketball.

KPAX-TV General Manager and President Bob Hermes serves as Executive Producer for the telecasts. He said, "We are extremely excited to have someone of Dennis' stature contributing to our broadcasts. The addition of Dennis continues our commitment across the state to providing viewers with the best coverage of local news, weather, and in this case sports."

Patchin spent four years as the radio voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs for four seasons, during which the Zags went to three straight Sweet 16 tournaments in the post-season. In addition, he was the television voice of Gonzaga Basketball games for five years, and the voice of Big Sky Conference Football for three years on Fox Sports Net Northwest.

Patchin is no stranger to Montana athletics. He announced Montana football and basketball games during his tenure as sports director at KECI-TV in 1982 and 1983. He has broadcast six Cat-Griz games along with two state high school basketball championships on TV.

He has won an Emmy Award for his work in Television, and is a three time nominee an Edward R. Morrow Award. He also has been nominated for broadcaster of the year in Idaho (radio), Montana (television) and, Washington (both). He's been voted the most popular television sportscaster ten years and running by viewers in Spokane.

Patchin will be joined in the booth by color commentators Bob Hermes and former Grizzly quarterbacks Grady Bennett and John Edwards. Veteran producer-director Greg Heintzman returns for his 18th season of coordinating each week's telecast in tandem with the KPAX-TV Production Department of Dave McLean, Dave Pleasant, Jim Sanders, and Carrie Butler.

Beginning with the September 17 Big Sky opener against Eastern Washington, MTN will broadcast Montana football games in high definition. The HD format has become a staple of sports broadcasting and Montana will join the ranks of major colleges with HD productions.

"Viewers have been asking for an HD broadcast and we're proud to provide it to them" said Hermes. "This is the sort of quality Montana athletics and Montana viewers deserve and I'm sure fans across the state will enjoy the crisp clear signal high definition provides."

The Montana Television Network is made up of CBS affiliates in every major market throughout Montana. Those stations are:

  • KPAX-8.1 Missoula
  • KAJ-18 Kalispell
  • KTVQ-2.1 Billings
  • KBZK-7.1 Bozeman
  • KXLF-4.1 Butte
  • KRTV-3.1 Great Falls
  • KXLH-9.1 Helena
  • KXGN-5.1 Glendive

MTN also offers The CW Network as a companion to several of its stations. CW Montana can be seen for free over the air on:

  • KPAX-8.2 Missoula
  • KTVQ-2.2 Billings
  • KBZK-7.2 Bozeman
  • KXLF-4.2 Butte
  • KRTV-3.2 Great Falls

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

The entire 2011 schedule is as follows (all times Mountain):

September 10, 2011
Cal-Poly vs. Montana (CW Montana)

September 17, 2011
Eastern Washington vs. Montana (MTN)

September 24, 2011
Montana vs. Sacramento St. (MTN)

October 1, 2011
Montana vs. Northern Colorado (MTN)

October 8, 2011
Montana vs. Idaho St. (MTN)

October 15, 2011
Portland St. vs. Montana (MTN)

October 22, 2011
Montana vs. Northern Arizona (MTN)

October 29, 2011
Weber St. vs. Montana (MTN)

November 5, 2011
Western Oregon. vs. Montana (CW Montana)

November 19, 2011
D.A. Davidson Big Sky Classic
Montana vs. Montana St. (MTN)

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