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Ray Ekness

Director of the Broadcast Media Center

Ray Ekness was named director of the Broadcast Media Center in August 2016. He’s a former UM School of Journalism professor and department chair of the Department of Radio-Television.

Ekness worked a few radio jobs in his native North Dakota and worked on-air at KUFM as a UM student in 1982. He then launched a career as a commercial producer and newscast director at television stations in Montana and Idaho.

He worked at the Broadcast Media Center as a producer/director starting in 1989 before joining the J-school full-time in 2000.

Ekness has helped produce many MontanaPBS programs, including the popular “Backroads of Montana,” “Remembering the Columbia Gardens,” “To Helena and Back: the First Special Service Force,” “Building Bridges: Back to Ireland” and “War of the Worlds.”

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I’m so excited for the upcoming year. MTPR has many great events coming up in 2018.

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