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Montana Public Radio and our partners at MontanaPBS and Yellowstone Public Radio brought home awards from the Montana Broadcasters Association this weekend.

Do you live in Butte? Do you care what happens to this extraordinary place?

Grab a [free] beer with Montana Public Radio and chat with the team behind Richest Hill, a new project all about the big changes and tough questions in Butte, America. Your input can help guide the new podcast.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 27, at the Covellite Theater Lounge (215 W. Broadway Street) from 7-9 p.m.

On April 23 around 11 a.m., 91.5 MHz in Missoula went off the air for about 75 minutes. During that time, we were performing software and firmware upgrades to the transmitter in order to ensure we were running the most stable and current version of the software which provides monitoring and control of the transmitter’s performance.  

As the snow melts to grant us access, we will repeat this procedure for 89.5 MHz in Polson, 90.1 MHz in Kalispell and 90.5 MHz in Libby. Conditions at our transmitter sites can change quickly, but we'll do our best to provide as much advanced notice as possible before any outages.

Don't forget you can tune in any time right here at mtpr.org.

MTPR's development team is presented with the 2018 UM Teamwork award, April 25, 2018. L to R: Suzanne Grist, Linda Talbott, Ann McDowell, Anne Hosler, UM President Seth Bodnar, and Dave Dennis.
Ray Ekness

Congratulations to MTPR's development (fundraising) staff for winning the 2018 Outstanding Teamwork Award from the University of Montana! We're so proud of this team. MTPR wouldn't be able to function without them.

The award recognizes staff members who have worked together in an exceptional manner to perform an assigned task.

Uptown Butte, MT.
Mike Albans / Montana Public Radio

MISSOULA – National Public Radio has selected Montana Public Radio to be a part of its prestigious Story Lab incubator project for new programming this year.

MTPR submitted plans for its latest podcast, “Richest Hill: The Future History of America’s Biggest Superfund Site,” to the national network, along with more than 100 other applicants from across the country. NPR chose “Richest Hill’ and nine other projects to participate in the Story Lab workshop at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 8-11.

Thank you to all the donors, volunteers and hard-working staff who gave time and money during MTPR's spring pledge week. Together we are Montana Public Radio!

The final tally is still in progress, but so far your pledge week donations amount to over $550,000 toward our spring goal of $660,000. Dogs took the Pet Wars crown once again this year.

Friends and Supporters:

MTPR is made for you by the talented, dedicated and trustworthy staff located in Montana and across the country. MTPR is also made by you, in that wonderful “of and by the people” way we all cherish. Some of us listen and donate, some gather and present news, some curate playlists and others connect us to lifelong discovery.

Butte, Montana, winter 2017.
Nora Saks

Montana is world famous for its pristine natural environment, but it’s also home to America’s largest Superfund site (in Butte) and numerous other wastelands of its industrial past. Over the years, various well-intentioned economic revivalists and snake oil salesmen have proposed solutions to alchemize mine waste into gold - first with the environmental restoration industry, now with bitcoin miners putting out shingles in historic hard rock mining towns. This series of stories will explore the Treasure State’s collapsed pride, and efforts to process its toxic shame and legacy into a new identity and economy.

Volunteers having fun while answering phones during pledge week.
Anne Hosler

Spring has hit Western Montana which means that for us here at Montana Public Radio the annual spring pledge drive is on the horizon. We have been busy making preparations for this very busy and very important 9 days for Montana Public Radio, but it takes more than just the staff of MTPR to have a successful and fun pledge week.

Did you miss an episode of your favorite local music show on Montana Public Radio? Good news, you can now find online archives for shows like "Freeforms," "Pea Green Boat," "Jazz Sessions," "The Folk Show" and more via Radio Free America.

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