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We're honored to be awarded radio website of the year for www.mtpr.org, and non-commercial radio program of the year for Threshold Podcast from the Montana Broadcasters Association.

MTPR's Rodeo Radio Theatre was also named runner up for non-commercial radio program of the year.

Congratulations to all of this year's E.B. Craney award winners, and thank you to all MTPR supporters who help make public radio possible!

MTPR news team from left to right: Nicky Ouellet, Corin Cates-Carney, Josh Burnham, Eric Whitney, Edward O'Brien.
William Marcus

Election Day is always an exciting and unpredictable day for any news organization. A “special” election can be even more so. Now throw in a dramatic event involving the front-running candidate on the eve of the election, and we’re at a new level. Our Montana Public Radio news team rolled with the punches, kept digging and found the latest information to best inform everyone before the polls closed on Election Day.

Montana Public Radio will be off the air temporarily for listeners in the north Flathead tuning in on 90.1 FM. The outage will begin on May 10 at 11:00 p.m. and last until 5:00 a.m. on May 11. We apologize for the inconvenience

You can tune in to our live stream during the outage (or any time) at mtpr.org, or via the iTunes, TuneIn or Stitcher apps.

As a Montana Public Radio listener, you're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past several years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape.

Now we're asking you to make your voice heard to help shape the future of public media technology. Our goal is to continue to provide the Montana news, arts & culture, and hand-picked music you want and in the way that you want it, so we're inviting you to share your feelings about technology in our annual survey.

MTPR's live stream was recently updated. If you can't see the play button or can't stream from MTPR.org, try clearing your browser cache.

Attention kids of all ages: Bill Harley returns to Missoula on Mother’s Day, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. to perform your favorite children's songs and stories.

As a singer and storyteller, Harley is a favorite of fans of MTPR's "Pea Green Boat." Entertainment Weekly called him "the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music."

Thank You Donors And Volunteers!

Apr 10, 2017

Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered or reached out to us last week! You donated $604,829 toward our spring pledge goal of $660,000. Public radio is only possible because of your support.

It's always a joy to hear from all of you during pledge week. Thank you for your support.

Dogs Win Pet Wars 2017

Apr 9, 2017
Moss and Saffy the dogs
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Dogs won the night, triumphing over the cats 1027 to 950. Many thanks to everyone who pledged their support.

Here's how you can see the listener-donated gifts available as a thank-you for your donation to Montana Public Radio.

Happy (almost) spring, MTPR listeners! We’ve had a busy winter here at the station and I hope you’ve been enjoying the programs you’ve listened to in the last few months. I wanted to update you on what we've been doing, and give you a look at the budget projections for our new fiscal year.

Volunteering during spring pledge week (April 1 – 9) is a great way to show your support for public radio. Can you help answer calls, deliver meals to other volunteers at the station, or file pledge forms? Sign up here, or call 406-243-4214.

Bring your lunch to the Myrna Loy Center in Helena and chat with MTPR station manager Ray Ekness and program director Michael Marsolek.  Please come, ask questions and give us your advice and suggestions about the station. Ray and Michael will also let you know what projects MTPR has in the pipeline.

Today we're celebrating 52 years of Montana Public Radio! For our birthday wish this year, we're asking you to share your most memorable "driveway moment." Tell us about a time when you just couldn't pull yourself away from the radio. Don't have a "driveway moment?" Tell us why public radio matters to you.

Each season, Threshold podcast explores one story from the natural world, and what it says about us. Season one focuses on the American bison. Dig into the history of the American bison, from their arrival in North America, to current controversies surrounding their management today. 

Subscribe to Threshold podcast now via iTunes, and most other podcast apps, or using your own player: http://thresholdpodcast.libsyn.com/rss. You can also listen online at http://www.thresholdpodcast.org

Holiday Specials On MTPR

Dec 19, 2016

Happy Holidays from Montana Public Radio! Make MTPR part of your celebrations with these special holiday programs:

Bull bison in Yellowstone National Park
YellowstoneNPS-flickr (CC-BY-2.0)

People and bison first met 75,000 years ago, and ever since, we've been hunting them, painting them, and walking with them into new lands. Before Europeans arrived in America there were more than 50 million bison here. By 1901, there were just 23 wild bison left. Now, we have some decisions to make. Can we ever have wild free-roaming bison in North America again? Should we? What does the history of bison have to teach us about ourselves?

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day designated to "give back to the community." Created in 2012 to contrast with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this Tuesday, we remember to be generous.

Giving Tuesday is a great time to make your year-end donation to Montana Public Radio. Donate today and you'll get an exclusive ringtone recorded by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad just for MTPR supporters.

Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful for all our listeners and supporters, and we hope you enjoy the holiday and travel safely. If your Thanksgiving plans include Montana Public Radio, be aware of these holiday programming changes:

Fall Pledge Drive Tally Totals $203,719

Oct 16, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall pledge drive! Listener contributions, volunteer hours and lots of yummy food, coffee, and great radio made this week one to celebrate.

At 1:00 p.m. our tally totaled $203,719. We are so grateful to everyone who sustains this station!

Join us on Facebook Monday, October 10 for a live online meet and greet with our new Director Ray Ekness. Ray will answer your questions about his vision for Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS, and you'll have a chance to get to know him a little better.

How to participate:

Live Stream Problems? Try These Options

Sep 21, 2016
Broken headphone
Flickr user Paul Hussey (CC-BY-2.0)

Having trouble listening to the MTPR live stream? We're sorry for the disruptions and frustration.  The source of the problem has been identified at NPR Digital Services headquarters and resolving these issues are their top priority.  In the mean time, you can try these other options for live streaming MTPR:

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad
Marco Antonio

Montana Public Radio is proud to bring Jad Abumrad to Missoula this fall! Get your tickets now!

Jad Abumrad is the founder and co-host of the syndicated public radio program Radiolab. The lecture is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this talk. "Gut churn." What use do negative feelings have during the creative process? Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward? Join us at the VIP level ($100 + fees) for a special reception with Jad prior to the show and premium seating for the show.

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Attend a free marketing seminar to learn how to break through the media clutter and have your message heard.
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Adding Montana Public Radio into your business or organization’s marketing mix has real benefits. Find out more at our free marketing seminars this fall in Helena, Butte, Kalispell, Great Falls or Missoula.

  • Reach the highly desirable Montana Public Radio audience
  • Break through the media clutter and have your message heard
  • Cover all of western and central Montana in once cost-effective buy

Ray Ekness Named As New Director Of Broadcast Media Center

Aug 3, 2016

After a national search, the University of Montana has selected Ray Ekness to become the next director of the Broadcast Media Center, which houses the public broadcasting stations of KUFM Radio and KUFM-TV.

Ekness is a UM School of Journalism professor and former department chair of the Department of Radio-Television. He will start his new director duties Aug. 22.

Five of the radio transmitters that connect you with MTPR programming across western Montana are now so old that we can’t get parts to repair them. Will you help with an extra contribution for the transmitter work this summer? Make your donation now.

Market your business on Montana Public Radio. Reach the highly desirable Montana Public Radio audience. Break through the media clutter and have your message heard. Cover all of western and central Montana in one cost-effective buy. Attend our free seminar to learn more.

Garrison Keillor's final show as host of A Prarie Home Companion airs July 2 on MTPR.
Courtesy Prairie Home Productions

Join Garrison Keillor on Saturday, July 2 as he takes to the stage at the Hollywood Bowl for his final show as host of A Prairie Home Companion.

Rainbow over the Broadcast Media Center
Michael Marsolek

UM will conduct on-campus interviews this month with four finalists for the director of the Broadcast Media Center, which houses KUFM-TV and KUFM Radio.

The finalists are Aaron Clingingsmith of Billings; Ray Ekness of Missoula; John Hess of Boise, Idaho; and Linda Talbott of Missoula. (Click the names to view resumes.)

MTPR Flathead-area Reporter Nicky Ouellet.
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We're excited to welcome Nicky Ouellet as our new Flathead-area reporter.

Take the Radio & Tech Survey to help us connect on your terms
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There have never been so many exciting ways to connect with your favorite sources of news, music, and entertainment. But the pace of technological change and the sheer number of options can be distracting and overwhelming. Whether you're an eager early adopter, or you prefer radio the way you've always listened, your feedback is crucial in helping us cut through the noise and meet you on your terms. Take the media & technology survey to help us understand what these rapid technological changes in the media landscape mean to you.

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