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Find out what's happening with Montana Public Radio's DJ's, staff, and listeners.

Ways to Connect

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.

Have coffee with NPR's David Greene — he'll be hosting Morning Edition live from the Feed Cafe in Bozeman tomorrow. And you are invited to be there — the only catch is it starts at 3:00 a.m. The side benefit is it's totally cool to wear your pajamas.

We just heard Senator Jon Tester will be there too, after 4:00 a.m.

Thank You & Fundraising Update

Apr 25, 2016

Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, or gave a premium gift during MTPR's spring pledge week! Your support makes public radio possible. Early counts show you donated $635,430 toward our spring fundraising goal of $750,000. Thanks again to all of the MTPR family.

Team Cat walked away with a victory in ‪‎Pet Wars‬ this year, beating their closest competitors by a whisker. Better luck next year, dogs.

Montana Public Radio's pledge week is halfway through, and there's still a long way to go to meet the $750,000 spring fundraising goal. "This pledge drive is not on pace to get us to where we need to be by the end of the week," says MTPR Director Linda Talbott in an important message to listeners.

Pet Wars 2016

Apr 20, 2016
Kissa the cat
Jace Laakso

The fur and feathers start flying during Pet Wars at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Tune in and make your pet pledge.

Here's a video showing what the dogs are up to. Looks like they still have some work to do.

Together, We Make Public Radio Possible

Apr 16, 2016

Montana Public Radio is proud to be listener supported. Great things happen when thousands of Montanans stand together to invest in community. If you believe in the power of independent, non-profit public media, donate now and join the movement during our spring pledge. Together, we:

We just received this dispatch from the Society of North American Cats & Kittens. It can mean only one thing: Pet Wars is coming. Keep your radio on, your lint-brush handy, and your shoelaces off the ground, because these cats are on the prowl.

Have a great picture of your pet to share? Send it to petwars@mtpr.org!

MTPR Student Reporters Win SPJ Awards

Apr 14, 2016

Two MTPR student reporters have won Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Sean Robb is currently a student reporter at MTPR. Cheri Trusler is a former student reporter for MTPR and a UM School of Journalism graduate.

Montana Public Radio finished our 50th anniversary year with an amazing rally in listener support, reaching $1.54 million. We also had three sold-out performances (Ira Glass, Bill Harley and Garrison Keillor), and held our first short fiction contest. It has been exciting to see all the ways that our shared love for Montana Public Radio has manifested. I can’t say often enough that financial support from deeply committed listeners like you is what makes MTPR succeed.

Volunteers Needed During Pledge Week

Apr 8, 2016

MTPR's pledge drive starts April 16. Can you volunteer to answer phones and take pledge calls?

It's painless, fun, and we'll even feed you while you're here. If you want to support Montana Public Radio without donating money, volunteering is the answer.

If you can help, please sign up now to volunteer during pledge week.

It's time to "spring forward" again, Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 a.m.
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Like it or not, it's nearly time to change our clocks again. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13 at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to "spring forward" — set your clock ahead one hour — or you'll end up missing "Wait Wait," (and brunch) on Sunday morning.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at "Backroads of Montana" during the 25th anniversary special. William Marcus returns from retirement to take you on a journey down the Backroads of Montana.

Notice is hereby given that the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education, the governing body responsible for Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS and their licensed stations, is scheduled to meet at The University of Montana-Western in Dillon March 3 and 4, 2016. Information about the meeting and meeting agendas are available at the Regents website: http://mus.edu/board/

Emily Proctor is the latest UM J-school grad and MTPR student reporter to be honored by the Hearst Awards.
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The Hearst Journalism Awards Program has named their top 10 winners for the radio news and features category. Former MTPR student reporter and UM School of Journalism graduate, Emily Proctor placed ninth in the nation.

Corin Cates-Carney is now MTPR's Capitol Bureau reporter. Cates-Carney was formerly the the Flathead area reporter. He'll now cover Montana government and politics from Helena. You can reach Corin at his office in the Capitol at 406-444-9399

Even in the 21st century, radio reporters and producers still rely on some surprisingly low-tech tools like this cardboard box studio.
Josh Burnham

If you caught him in the act – say in a McDonalds parking lot in Whitefish – you might not know what he was up to. Lying in the back of his car, head inside a cardboard box, repeating the same phrase again and again.

“It definitely gets weird looks when I bring it out and sit in a parking lot and people just see me talking into this box.”

Join us for a free event previewing the the new PBS series "Mercy Street". We'll screen a preview reel of the first episode plus series extras. Then UM History Professor Anya Jabour, who is an advisor to the show, will share her experiences of being on the set during production and more.

Holiday Specials On MTPR

Dec 21, 2015

'Tis the season for holiday specials. Tune in to MTPR all week to hear holiday music & more. Enjoy these holiday specials beginning December 21:

Giving Tuesday is December 1. Donate to Montana Public Radio on Giving Tuesday and you'll get an exclusive Ira Glass ringtone as a thank-you gift. Ira recorded the ringtone on-stage when he was in Missoula, Montana in September. Your Giving Tuesday donation to MTPR gets you an Ira Glass ringtone saying "I'm Ira Glass, the story this week is: your phone is ringing." It's our way of saying thank you to MTPR supporters.

Bill Harley sings "You're in Trouble" during his show in Missoula, Nov 1, 2015
Josh Burnham

Bill Harley entertained and delighted over 1,000 fans Sunday in Missoula. He engaged the audience with familiar songs and his stories "Yeast Rolls” and "Field Trip”.

Harley has been a longtime favorite of "Pea Green Boat" listeners. Host Annie Garde welcomed him to the stage.

Thank You
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A big thank you to all who donated or volunteered during our fall pledge week! You make public radio possible.

Listeners donated about $217,000, leaving us with around $200,000 left to raise by the end of the year. With your support, we'll make it! Thank you.

Timelapse video from today's special Pledge Week Friday Freeforms with Mike Steinberg. If you love the music you hear on MTPR, call 800-325-1565 or donate now online.

Your donation to Montana Public Radio helps support home-grown music all around the state.

A pledge week message from MTPR Membership Manager Anne Hosler.

Become a sustaining member today, or call 406-243-6400, or 800-325-1565 to donate.

Concussion: Answers in the Blood?

Oct 19, 2015
University of Montana researchers Dr. Sarj Patel (left) and Dr. Tom Rau examine a slide from their research on traumatic brain injuries.
John Twiggs

In the sports world, while concussion awareness is on the rise and current diagnostic protocols are improving, concussion diagnosis still relies heavily on symptoms and self-reporting by athletes. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Montana is attempting to develop a blood test to provide a definitive diagnosis for concussions.

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How are we doing? Share your feedback on Montana Public Radio.
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How are we doing? Share your feedback about Montana Public Radio. Why do you listen? What do you like? What's working, and what's not? Leave your feedback here, on our facebook page, or leave us a message when you donate. Thanks for tuning in!

A Pledge week message from Linda Talbott, Montana Public Radio Interim Director.

Become a sustaining member today, or call 406-243-6400, or 800-325-1565 to donate.

I tell anyone who asks that I have the best job on the planet. I not only have the privilege of steering Montana Public Radio into its 51st year, I also have the partnership of thousands of deeply engaged listeners - helping, donating, and rooting for our station’s success.

Bill Harley Live In Missoula

Oct 1, 2015
Debbie Block

Hilarious. Witty. Wonderful.

A show for kids of all ages and grown-ups too!

Sunday, Nov. 1 - 2:00 p.m. - Dennison Theatre, UM campus, Missoula

Buy Tickets Online or Call 800-838-3006 

Ira Glass talked storytelling in Missoula Saturday Sep. 12.
Josh Burnham

Everyone has a story, but how do great storytellers draw listeners to even the most mundane stories? That's what Ira Glass, host and producer of "This American Life" demonstrated Saturday during his "Reinventing Radio" show in front of a sold out audience at the University of Montana in Missoula.

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