Inside MTPR

Information about MTPR station activities.

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.


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. 

Change Is Hard, But Necessary For MTPR

Dec 11, 2014

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

John Schneider (CC-BY-2.0)

The new schedule means some of your favorite short form shows may have a new time slot. Find out when they air.

MTPR Program Changes Explained

Nov 14, 2014

There are some big program changes coming up on MTPR. MTPR Directors William Marcus, Michael Marsolek, Eric Whitney and Linda Talbott talk about the changes and why we've made them.

Montana Public Radio is poised to move into our 50th anniversary year excited by new possibilities – with a new news director, exciting changes to our program schedule and a profound commitment to our mission: to enrich the mind and spirit, inspire a lifetime of learning, and connect communities through access to exceptional programming.

When Is It?

Nov 14, 2014

If you can tell the day and time by what you are hearing on MTPR, you might need to keep your watch handy for a few weeks.

Grab The New Program Schedule

Nov 12, 2014

MTPR's new schedule starts November 17th.

Flathead Signal Back To Full Strength

Nov 5, 2014
Flathead National Forest

On October 29th, MTPR returned the KUKL transmitter at 90.1 FM on Big Mountain to our full FCC authorized power after our proposed amendment was granted.   We thank the Tally Lake District Ranger, administrators and staff for their time and consideration in this process. Thanks also to the 253 citizens who responded to the district during the comment period. The full decision memo is here.

Top 10 things MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek does after a 100-hour work week during the pledge drive:

All The Laughs Are Real On Wait Wait...

Oct 22, 2014

Ever wonder what Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! jokes sound like before they’re edited? You can't fix everything in post.

Real laughs aren't cheap. Make a donation to MTPR today!

We’d also like to ask for help with a short survey about some programming changes coming up next month.

Take the Survey

Align With MTPR

Oct 6, 2014

Kathleen Woodford, Director of Corporate Support
406.243.4219 or 800.325.1565

Aligning with the influential MTPR audience has real results. Attend a free, MTPR marketing seminar this fall.  A marketing package worth $450 will be awarded as a door prize at each seminar.  All participants will receive a $120 sign-on bonus.

Be A Volunteer

Oct 5, 2014

Sign up today! 

Show your support for Montana Public Radio by sharing a few hours of your time during our Fall Drive.

Do Two Good Things

Oct 5, 2014

Make Your Fall Donation Today!

Donate to MTPR by Oct. 24th and help the Montana Food Bank Network!

Not only will your donation support MTPR, but from now through our on-air drive Oct. 21-24, your contribution will also activate a 5% match for food banks and feeding programs across Montana.

Fundraiser Results - $211,136!

Oct 5, 2014

Update Oct 31:
$211,136 and still climbing.
The Montana Foodbank Network Challenge was met with $203,174 coming in by the deadline. The MFBN will receive $10,158 in match from the partnership of Missoula Federal Credit Union and MTPR. Enough food for over 30,000 meals. Thanks!

Update: Oct 29
$205, 827
is our updated total! Thanks to all the MTPR listener members who donated to help us meet and exceed our goal.

We tried this experiment in on-air fundraising last Friday (Sep 19, 2014), and found that indeed, we gained new sustaining members for MTPR!

Here are the stats:

53 donors

39 brand new members

76% chose to be sustaining members

50% chose a digital album download

Thank you to all who donated  and to the thousands of station members and sponsors who keep MTPR going strong all year long.


Sep 17, 2014

Welcome to $5-Buck-Friday at MTPR.

Small donation. Big impact.

Give now and select an album to download.

During this one-day, new member event, we are encouraging donors to sign up as ongoing, monthly supporters. Sustaining members.

Our goal today is to gain brand new members who will stay with us and grow with us. Hence the big impact.

MTPR Recruiting For Helena Bureau Chief

Aug 18, 2014

MTPR is seeking an experienced radio or television reporter to be our new Capitol Bureau Chief.

Speak Up for Full-Power MTPR in the Flathead

Jul 7, 2014

There is a public comment period underway on an issue that may affect MTPR's ability to broadcast at full-power from 90.1FM at the top of Big Mountain. See below for full details. Thank you for helping.

Submitting your comment on behalf of MTPR is crucial. The deadline  is July 15, 2014.

We've made a customizable letter for your convenience.

Check it out - MTPR is on iTunes Radio

Jun 16, 2014

Calling all Apple users. We're excited to announce that MTPR is now available in iTunes Radio.

Here are three ways to find our stream in iTunes:

New timing for Montana Evening Edition

Jun 3, 2014

MTPR's news department is in trusted hands, with Edward O'Brien serving as Interim News Director. The station is working to hire both a new News Director and Capitol Bureau Chief.  To cope with the slim staffing, there will be a few temporary changes to Montana Evening Edition


"There will not be a nightly in-depth feature interview," says O'Brien, "it just isn't possible to produce that lengthy feature without more staff." The evening news will be slightly shorter, and National Native News will air at the end of Montana Evening Edition

Far-flung congratulations for Sally Mauk

May 28, 2014

On Friday, Sally Mauk retires after 34 years with Montana Public Radio, 31 of them as News Director. We gathered some well-wishes from colleagues, friends, and community leaders.

MTPR Local Survey Results

Apr 28, 2014

Many thanks to the 1,390 listeners who responded to our request for an assessment of how MTPR local programs are meeting their needs.

See the MTPR Local Survey Results Summary (pdf format)

The survey period was March 18-April 1, 2014.

Jobs at MTPR: News Director

Apr 3, 2014

Montana Public Radio is seeking highly qualified applicants for News Director.

News Director   - full-time, Missoula, MT,  posted 4/3/2014
(First review of applications 4/29/2014, open until filled)

Take the MTPR "Local" Survey

Mar 17, 2014

Note:  April 1, 2014 - The MTPR Local Survey is now closed.  Many thanks to the 1390 listeners who responded!

We are asking for your input!

MTPR produces about 50% our our program schedule locally, including the efforts of our MTPR news department, MTPR program hosts and other Montana program producers.  We'd like to know more about how this local effort is meeting your needs. 

Please take the MTPR "Local" Survey.

#NPR Valentines

Feb 14, 2014

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, NPR offers some expressions of love, public radio style.

See them all at

Also check out the #NPRValentines tweets.

MTPR Staff Say Thanks

Nov 14, 2013

Check out the MTPR fall fundrasier thank you video!

Fall Pledge Drive 2013 Thank You from Montana Public Radio on Vimeo.