MTPR

Linda Talbott

Development Director

Linda Talbott is the development director for Montana Public Radio. She also hosts Morning Classics on Fridays. 

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Ways to Connect

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.

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.

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.

Ghosts And Flowers

Oct 30, 2015

Duo W made classical music video history with "Ghosts and Flowers." The musical duo of Arianna Warsaw-Fan, violin and Meta Weiss, cello, have played together since high school and on through their masters programs at Julliard. They launched a kickstarter campaign and made this video of the Halvorson/Handel Passacaglia in 2011 as part of a commitment to bring classical music to new audiences. We played the audio recording on Morning Classics, October 30. Watch it below:

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.

Lightning Photo: Courtesy of NOAA
Courtesy of NOAA

August was a stormy month at Montana Public Radio. On the evening of August 10, when Missoula experienced a remarkable thunderstorm with hurricane level winds, the MTPR team was all hands on deck keeping the station on air. Then 11 days later, a lightning storm crashed both the primary and backup transmitters for Missoula’s 89.1 frequency, and one intrepid engineer had a harrowing night on the mountain.

Another round of showers and thunderstorms will develop by early this afternoon across the Northern Rockies.
National Weather Service, Missoula

August 11, 2015 - 11:00 a.m.
Here is an update from the National Weather Service.

Playing the music of Bach and his sons at the Montana Baroque Festival in Paradise, MT
Linda Talbott

It was an amazing performance Wednesday night at the Montana Baroque Festival in the fabulous new music pavilion at Quinn’s Hot Springs.

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

 

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%).

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.

Announcing Ira Glass!

Mar 25, 2015

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

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

 

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. 

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.

$5-Buck-Friday

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.

August 7 - August13

Aug 6, 2014

Here are MTPR program highlights for August 7-13, 2014

THURSDAY- Aug 7, 2014

9:05 a.m. – Morning Classics – Widerkehr: Duo Sonata in E minor for oboe and piano; Mozart: Theme, Interludes, and Re-Variations; Bach: Oboe Concerto in F major, BWV 1053; Richter: Sonata #5 in F major for flute, harpsichord, and cello; Strauss: Sonatina #2 in Eb major for 16 Winds, “Happy Workshop”

1:00 p.m Live Event - Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek plays live and talks with John Floridis at the MTPR studios

Spring Pledge Week

Mar 4, 2014

Spring Pledge Week is...
APRIL 6-13, 2014

Make your PLEDGE
Use our secure online donation page to make your springtime contribution to MTPR.

Be a VOLUNTEER

#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  http://www.npr.org/valentine/

Also check out the #NPRValentines tweets.

Do you have what it takes to be on the Premium Crew at MTPR?

  • Can you tell the time of day by our program schedule?
  • Creatively describe a gift of llama manure?
  • Learn new software and data entry procedures with ease?
  • Take a good photo of hand knitted socks?
  • Write clearly and proofread well?
  • Be happy in a busy, collaborative workplace?

We know the perfect people for this job are already listening!

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.

Pledge Tally Update

Nov 14, 2013

The fall pledge tally just broke $200,000!  Thank you.

We are watching the fall pledge tally climb with additional donations coming in online and through the mail.

Here are the final results of the Montana Food Bank Network Challenge. Thanks to the thousands of people who are supporting MTPR!

$195,265 in pledges made or postmarked by November 8th.  

$9,763 is the 5% bonus going to the Montana Food Bank Network.

Thanks to Missoula Federal Credit Union, our co-sponsor of the bonus match.

Update - November 20, 2013

With regret, MTPR is cancelling the “Evening with Montana Public Radio” event scheduled for this Sunday, November 24th at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.

Our featured headliner, NPR’s Susan Stamberg, is unexpectedly unable to travel to Missoula this weekend.  Ms. Stamberg is very disappointed and has asked that we let all the MTPR listeners know that she really wishes she could be here. She sends her best wishes for the station and all MTPR supporters.

Here are MTPR program highlights for September October –October 9, 2013.

THURSDAY- October 3, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Dvorak: Poetic Tone Pictures (selections), Op. 85, for piano; Hagen: Masquerade – Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra; Spohr: Potpourri #4 in B major, Op. 24; Suk: Ripening, Op. 34

Here are MTPR program highlights for September 26– October 2, 2013.

THURSDAY- September 26, 2013

9:05 a.m.   Morning Classics – Ponce: Sonata 3 for guitar; Barrios: La Catedral for guitar; Carlos Chavez:  Piano Concerto; Bax: Elegiac Trio for harp, flute and viola; Castelnuovo-Techeso: Sonata for cello and harp, Op. 208; Bizet:  L’Arlesienne, Suite #1