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Information about MTPR station activities.

On the eve of William Marcus' retirement from Montana Public Radio, enjoy some of the radio stories William produced for National Public Radio in the 1980s and 1990s.

Photo of Linda Talbott and Wililam Marcus
Photo: Bruce Muhlbradt Photography

With the end of my tenure as Director of the Broadcast Media Center less than a week away, I want to say thank you for your wonderful support of Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS. I also want to let you know what the plans are to maintain the administrative leadership of MTPR and KUFM-TV / MontanaPBS.

"Performance Today" did an episode on our outgoing director William "Side Two" Marcus. Watch the video to learn the origin of the nickname.

William Marcus: The Early Years

Jun 23, 2015

In honor of William Marcus' retirement we take a short peek into his childhood in Wibaux, his rebellious phase, and the evolution of his fashion sense.

William Marcus Radio & TV Outtakes

Jun 19, 2015

We found this video in William's trash pile. Nice try William.

Jarl Mohn, NPR President & CEO sent this nice video retirement message for MTPR's William Marcus.

MTPR Programs Win Broadcasters' Awards

Jun 17, 2015
John Floridis, host of "Musician's Spotlight" and Beth Anne Austein, MTPR producer both won awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
William Marcus

Two MTPR programs win "EB" awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association.

The MTPR family is sad to announce that John Myers, a longtime host of the afternoon Folk Show and late night music programs, died Wednesday evening at his home after a long battle with cancer.

John's knowledge of music was as big as his heart. He also produced special programs commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and shared his quick wit and humor during our pledge drives.

We will miss his voice and his laugh. Our condolences to his wife, Teresa, and his family and friends. Memorial plans are pending.

William Marcus' Retirement Party

May 27, 2015

Join Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS in celebrating William's 40 year career at the Broadcast Media Center!

Tuesday, June 16th
5:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Caras Park in Missoula

 

Remarks and a short presentation begin at 6:30 p.m.
 

No host event with food and drink vendors available.

Music by the John Floridis Trio (5:30 - 6:30 p.m.), Rob Quist with special guests Ellie Nuno and Dave Griffith (7:15 - 8:15 p.m.), and The Drum Brothers (8:30 - 9:30 p.m.).

Are you passionate about public radio, fundraising and/or marketing? And looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity?

MTPR is looking for you!

Social Media/Development Internship
This internship position/volunteer would be responsible for social media marketing, email marketing creation and management, coordinating sponsor trades and other development duties as assigned. Approximately 18 hours a week.

Ira Glass Tickets

Apr 29, 2015
Photo: TAL/Stuart Mullenberg

Ira Glass in Montana! See how This American Life happens, live on stage.
Buy Tickets Online
or call 800-838-3006

 

In addition to the warm & fuzzy feeling you get for supporting local public radio, there are also some great gifts available to donors. The MTPR premium crew is here to tell you about a three of them.

Donor Premiums Just For The Ladies

Apr 15, 2015

It took us 50 years, but the wait is finally over. MTPR's Anne Hosler has the good news...

This chart shows all MTPR revenue sources projected for FY2016, totaling $2.5 million. Listeners and sponsors make up the largest share of our annual revenue picture (60%).

Pet Wars 2015

Apr 14, 2015
Raven the dog
Judy Fettig

Thanks to all the pets and their owners who pledged! The Montana Public Radio Menagerie numbers are.....

How To View The Premiums

Apr 12, 2015

Looking to view our wonderful listener-donated thank you gifts?

Go to the Donate page.

Select either "Sustainer - $5, $10, $15 per Month Ongoing" or "Annual Pledge or One-Time Contribution"

The premiums are the first section on the donation page.

To view details about a premium, select the item from the drop down list and select the "view" button.

A new window will pop up with the details of the premium and an image if we have one.

During our listening tour this winter MTPR senior staff received feedback indicating that our audience did not understand the financial challenges facing the station. This chart and a recent letter from the station's director are an effort to fully explain the scope of our operating budget.

Friends and Supporters:

Montana Public Radio is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. We’re also celebrating the listeners and contributors who have been our partners in building and sustaining this uniquely local public radio station. We’ve come a long way together since our early days as a tiny 10-watt station on the University of Montana campus. We are forever grateful for the community’s loyalty and support.

But amidst the celebrations, MTPR also finds itself at a crossroads.

Announcing Ira Glass!

Mar 25, 2015

Ira's coming to perform his solo show in Missoula as part of MTPR's 50th anniversary year.

UPDATE: As of 3:30 Mountain Time the stream has been restored. Thank you for bearing with us.

We've had some great conversations at the MTPR Listener Meetings.  The final one is happening this week in Kalispell.  Your advice and evaluation of MTPR is important – so please stop by and let us know what you think. 
 

Upcoming Meetings

Kalispell - March 5
Listener Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Flathead Valley Community College - Arts &  Tech Bldg - room 144 A&B

 

MTPR Celebrates 50 Years With A Dance Party

Feb 4, 2015
Josh Burnham

Check out photos from Montana Public Radio's 50th anniversary party on Saturday. Thanks to all the listeners and supporters who joined us to celebrate!

The party started with story time for kids and families. After that, kids were treated to a presentation about raptors from Kate Davis. She brought four birds including a hawk and a great horned owl.

Later in the evening, MTPR DJs took the stage to kick off the dance party.

We were pleased that the family of MTPR founder Philip J. Hess joined us to celebrate and talk about Hess' legacy.

We got a great 50th anniversary message today from NPR CEO Jarl Mohn. Thanks Jarl!

Don't forget we're having a 50th anniversary party Saturday, Jan 31. It's free and all our listeners are welcome. Come dance to live DJs, enjoy food and drink, and help us celebrate!

MTPR Is Hiring A Flathead Reporter

Jan 20, 2015

Montana Public Radio is hiring a half-time reporter to cover Flathead and Lake counties.

This position is under the supervision of the MTPR News Director, and will work in coordination with MTPR headquarters in Missoula and MTPR’s Helena bureau. 

January 31st Party - You're Invited

Jan 15, 2015

To mark MTPR's 50th anniversary we are throwing a big party!

All our listeners are invited to come celebrate with us at two free events.

When & Where:  January 31st - at the UC Ballroom on the University of  Montana campus in Missoula

First - Kids and families
2:00-4:00 p.m.
2:oo p.m. - Story time
2:30 p.m. - Raptors of the Rockies with Kate Davis
3:00 p.m. - Cake and dancing!

Then - Party and Dancing
7:00-11:00 p.m.

You Listen. You Give.

Dec 30, 2014

Your financial support makes MTPR possible.

Literally.

You keep the news independent and the music flowing.

Your generous year-end donation to MTPR will help us close 2014 in the clear and start 2015 on a high note.

Please give today. 

MTPR will be 50 years old in 2015. As someone who’s been around for 40 of those years, I’d like to reflect on the program changes that we implemented last month.

Giving Tuesday

Dec 1, 2014

MTPR invites you to come together for Giving Tuesday a global movement designed to make an impact for organizations you care about... like MTPR.

Participate December 2, on the global day of giving... 

Give to MTPR!

Learn more about Giving Tuesday

MTPR Generation Listen

Nov 19, 2014

Were you a backseat baby listening to NPR in the 80s and 90s? Kudos to your smart parents! If you discovered public radio on your own, welcome!

Generation Listen is a movement to connect the next generation of public radio listeners to their local stations. We look forward to exchanging ideas and having smart conversations online, over the air and at events.

Join in! Contact Membership Manager Anne Hosler at anne.hosler@mtpr.org

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