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Josh Burnham

Online Editor

Josh Burnham is MTPR's online editor. Josh manages the website and MTPR's social media, takes photos and video, edits audio and text, and occasionally produces a radio story.

Have a question, comment or suggestion about MTPR's online efforts? Contact Josh via email, twitter, or phone at: 406-243-4203.

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If you drive across the country tuned in to public radio stations along the way, you'll hear many of your favorite shows no matter where you are. Programs like "All Things Considered," "This American Life," and "Radiolab" are staples of public radio. But each local station also has its own flavor, reflecting the unique character of the communities it serves. That's why Montana Public Radio is one of the first places people call when their pet goes missing.

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'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.

The 65th session of the Montana Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 2. Montana's 90-day session is always a little hectic, here's how you can stay informed and keep in touch with your state representatives.

Groundbreaking biologist John J. Craighead turned 100 years old this week.
Courtesy Craighead family

Yesterday we learned that legendary Montana wildlife biologist John Craighead died one month after celebrating his 100th birthday with family and friends. He passed on Sunday at his home outside Missoula. Craighead did pioneering work in and around Yellowstone National Park with his twin brother Frank, who died in 2001.

Looking out on the Swan Range and the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham

Summer is prime time for visiting Montana’s biggest wilderness area, the Bob Marshall Complex - more than 2,300-square miles of roadless, wild, rugged country stretching between Glacier Park and Lincoln, and straddling the Continental Divide between Seeley Lake and Augusta. It’s so big, it’s hard to take in from the ground.

John Floridis, host of "Musician's Spotlight" holds his second consecutive EB award for Non-Commercial Radio Program of the Year from the Montana Broadcasters Association.
John Floridis

This past weekend, Musicians' Spotlight was selected as the Radio Non-Commercial Program Of The Year by the Montana Broadcaster's Association. James McMurtry was the featured guest on this year's winning episode.

This is the second year in a row that Mspot has taken home this award.

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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.

Russ Nasset live from MTPR studios April 19, 2016.
Josh Burnham

If you went to college in Missoula any time in the last 25 years, you probably closed down the Union Club dancing to Russ Nasset and the Revelators at least once. Russ joined us for a fantastic live session Tuesday on "Get To That." Here's a taste:

State Department of Transportation Director Mike Tooley and Governor Steve Bullock announce the expedited construction schedule for the Madison Street bridge in Missoula.
Josh Burnham

Work on Missoula's crumbling Madison Street bridge will begin sooner than expected. Replacement of the bridge deck, originally planned to begin in 2020, is now slated to begin mid-June of this year, with a target completion date of August 2017.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has determined that the animal seen chasing elk on Mount Jumbo last week was a domestic dog.

Mark Burnham (L) and Erick Sprunk (Center) announce a $2 million donation to The School of Business Administration along with UM President Royce Engstrom (R), Friday, January 29, 2016 at UM.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana announced a pair of $1 million private donations today. The gifts will establish the University’s first endowed dean position. It will be in The School of Business Administration.

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.”

The group "Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense" rallies in Missoula, MT for stronger gun laws, Dec. 14, 2015.
Josh Burnham

The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a rally on the courthouse lawn in Missoula Sunday to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting and advocate for stronger gun laws. They were joined by about a dozen open-carry advocates – some with rifles slung over their shoulders – showing support for the second amendment, and self defense via firearms.

UM Journalism School professor Jule Banville is calling all "public radio nerds" and fans of audio storytelling to come together at the Last Best Podcast Festival to enjoy stories from students and independent producers.
Courtesy University of Montana

There's no shortage of live music, arts, or film festivals in Missoula. Now a UM journalism professor wants to add another festival to the mix. This one for podcasts and the people who love them.

Structure protecton on the Bear Creek Fire.
Inciweb

Thompson Divide Complex
The Flathead County Sheriff's Department has issued a mandatory evacuation for the town of Essex, MT, threatened by the approaching Sheep Fire. Highway 2 is now closed from mile markers 176.8-185. The BNSF and Amtrack railroads in the area are also closed.

Ross Creek Cedars
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

On the Kootenai National Forest, one wildfire is burning within 1/2 mile of the Ross Creek Cedars, a popular scenic area home to massive cedars up to 1,000 years old.

The BlueSky Daily Runs animated map predicts the location of wildfire smoke.
U.S. Forest Service

Wondering where you can go to get away from the smoke? This animated map from the Forest Service predicts where smoke from wildfires will be concentrated.

The Scotty Brown Fire, seen on August 11, 2015.
Inciweb

A Type-II incident management team has taken over command on the Thompson Fire burning in Glacier National Park about 15 miles east of the the West Glacier entrance. The fire started August 9, and has already burned an estimated 14,900 acres as of Thursday morning. The Thompson fire is 0 percent contained at this time.

Spencer Meyer playing live at MTPR, August 5, 2015
Josh Burnham

Spencer Myer plays Schumann's "Romance in f# Major" at Montana Public Radio.

Spencer is in Montana for Festival Amadeus, going on through August 9 at venues in the Whitefish and Bigfork.

Fire danger sign
BLM

Despite cooler, wet weather, stage-1 fire restrictions remain active for most of western Montana, including Missoula, Lake, Ravalli, Sanders, Granite, Powell, Flathead, and Lincoln counties. Restrictions apply to all private, state, and federal land in these counties.

The Reynolds Creek Fire seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
Courtesy Jan von Lehe

Updated 5:20 p.m. In addition to the 2,000 acre Reynolds Creek fire in Glacier National Park, at least two other wildfires are burning in western Montana, including the 2,500 acre Cabin Gulch fire on the Helena National Forest, and the 163 acre Rock Point fire on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Fire forced the closure of Going-to-the-Sun Road from St. Mary to Big Bend this summer.
Corin Cates-Carney

Updated 07/22/15, 5:25 p.m. Glacier National Park officials are reporting strong winds and extreme fire behavior on the east side of the park at this hour. Outside the park, a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the west shore of lower St. Mary Lake, according to the Glacier County Sheriff's department. People on the lake's east side are being told to prepare for possible evacuation.

Glacier National Park entrance sign.
Flickr user photommo (CC-BY-ND)

Update 9:50 p.m.: The Flathead Beacon is reporting that the fire has grown to 1,000 acres in five hours, forcing the evacuation of Rising Sun Campground and Rising Sun Motor Inn.

A type 2 incident team has been ordered, and a fire information phone line has been established at (406) 732-7791.

Is there a prettier or more unique stage then the Original?
Michael Marsolek

Neither rain nor hail could dampen the fun at this year's Montana Folk Festival in Butte. There was an amazing lineup of performers, and they delivered. Check out these photos and videos from the 2015 festival.

Strong thunderstorms are possible in parts of western Montana today
National Weather Service, Missoula

Today will be an active thunderstorm day for the Northern Rockies, with a few storms capable of producing very heavy downpours, hail, frequent lightning, and gusty winds, according to the National Weather Service in Missoula. The best potential for strong storms will this afternoon/evening and stretch from Central Idaho through Southwest Montana. Those participating in outdoor activities this afternoon and evening should be prepared for quickly changing and inclement conditions.

Widespread thunderstorms for western Montana.
National Weather Service

Air quality in much of western Montana improved Friday as winds from the south pushed smoke into northwest Montana and Canada. Storms expected through early next week should mitigate smoke impacts in places where rain falls.

A wildland firefighter with the Montana DNRC monitors flames burning in the interior of the Alex Camp Road Fire July 7, 2015.
BLM/Jonathan Moor

Firefighters are reporting progress on three fires burning in Montana.

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