I was born and raised in Great Falls and grew up listening to my dad on KMON AM where he was the morning guy. Dad also had a band that would practice at our house for the jobs they played almost every weekend. So, my exposure to country music was huge. At the State Fair in Great Falls in 1971, dad emceed all of the concerts, and I got to sit in the front row for Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, and the Carpenters. I started on KMON Great Falls shortly after high school then made my way to KYSS-FM in Missoula while I was in college. I worked for KGVO, Missoula, then on to KYSN-FM, East Wenatchee, Washington. I came to Billings in March of 1988 after Citadel Communications bought the 102.9 FM & AM970 signals and Cat Country was launched. I play golf and racquetball, neither very well.
Montana Do You Remember CB Radios? Celebrate Them Today
President Jimmy Carter declared that every October 4 would be National CB Radio Day. And it's been that way since 1976. A lot of younger folks may have never used a C.B. radio. But back in the 1970s, they were incredibly popular as 20 million of them had been sold across the country...
This is What Enjoying ‘Windshield Therapy’ is Like On Montana’s Backroads
There are many names for what I did Sunday morning. "Go for a cruise", "Driveabout" and "Go see some scenery". I prefer to call it "Windshield therapy". You start with no destination. And while you're driving backroads you take to turn down roads that you either haven't been on in a long time or have never been down...
Avoiding the Hurry Up and Wait Situation at the Billings Int’l Airport
One of my "issues" in life is the fact that I don't like to wait in lines. If I get to a restaurant and there's a line or even a wait, I'm eating dinner somewhere else. But I can't always control whether I have to stand in a line. One of those times is when I fly...
Montanans Know People With Some Pretty Rare Names. Do You, Too?
For Weird Wednesday we asked listeners to call in names that they just don't hear anymore. And we got a huge response including a man named Marion (like Charlie Russell's middle name). And a couple of men whose first names were Shirley. There was a Martile, along Forrest...
Mark Wilson from The Breakfast Flakes Talks ‘Going the Distance’ in Montana
Today's topic is "going the distance". I saw on Q2's website a story about a guy who was planning on a 400-mile paddleboarding trip that would take him from Gardiner to Terry. Very ambitious. And last week there was a soldier that walked 22 miles in full gear...
If Your Phone Is About to Die and You’re Lost, Do This, Billings
I don't how many hours a day I'm scrolling through things on Facebook, but it's a lot. And for as much time as I'm on there, there isn't much of what I'm looking for. But I ran across an idea on there this week that I really liked. And I shared the idea with my daughter, but it's a good idea for all your loved ones...
As a Montana Native, It’s Easy To Mix Up These Two Towns
There's an event going on where they are trying to raise some money to help update the main street. In Worden, not Huntley. Don't get them mixed up.
I Survived Jury Duty in Montana. Here’s How it Went!
And as much as I hated to be there, I did learn a lot about the process that I had no idea about beforehand.
Long Road Trips Make the Best (Or Worst) Memories for Montanans
I had to Google my longest trip. In 1984 a buddy and I decided to go on "The Great Quest For Truth". We started in Missoula. Then we drove to stay with another friend in Las Vegas. In a 1978 Mustang King Cobra. Death Valley is a good time in a car with no air conditioning.
Hey Billings, Remember Cash? Some of Us Still Use It to Pay
Part of the issue nowadays is that people younger than me pay for everything with a card. Debit card, credit card, and so on.