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Celebrate The Songs Of '71 On Montana Public Radio

Celebrate The Songs Of '71 On MTPR
Celebrate The Songs Of '71 On MTPR

2021 is the 50th anniversary of NPR. As part of the year-long efforts to look back at 1971, MTPR DJs will be spinning tracks from that monumental year in music.

Join us all week as we feature more than 38 hours of special music and documentary programs put together by Montana Public Radio’s music producers.

“Look at the music from that year: Carole King’s “Tapestry,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Joni Mitchell’s “Blue,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” and many, many more,” MTPR program director Michael Marsolek says. “Add-in everything that was happening in the news around the world and here in the U.S. and you have an incredible year to look back on.”

Tell us about your favorites

1971 Week will feature a two hour program of songs selected by you. The show will air Oct 2 at 6 p.m. Call us ahead of time with your request at 406-243-4366. Please leave your name, where you are calling from, your song suggestion and why that song is special to you. We’d also like to hear any thoughts about MTPR and what it means to you.

Tag @mtpublicradio on social media and use the #SongsOf71 hashtag to share your musical highlights from 1971.

Need some inspiration? Check out this list of NPR's favorite songs from 1971.


Monday 9/27

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Monday Freeforms. Larry and Annie Garde co-host a 1971 special.

8 p.m. – Monday Special. 50 years of Steely Dan with Tom Engelmann and Howard Kingston

11 p.m. – Into the Groove. Soul and R&B from 1971, hosted by Joan Richarde

Tuesday 9/28

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Michael Marsolek hosts a special Freeforms with hits and deep cuts from 50 years ago.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Michael Marsolek brings music from the Folk music greats like James Taylor, Steven Stills, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Carole King and more.

7 p.m. – John Floridis presents the musicians he would have wanted to interview from 1971.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Get to That with host Rigel Bankshot

10 p.m. to midnight – Night Train. Fuzz Fest with Bryan Ramirez

Wednesday 9/29

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Freeforms. British bands from 1971 with host Howard Kingston.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. –  What I like about Jazz 1971 special with host John Arvish.

10 p.m. to midnight – Kirk Vriesman presents a special Blues on the Move.

Thursday 9/30

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Freeforms special with host Suzanne Grist

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Jon Jackson and Terry Conrad host a Jazz Sessions special.

7:30 p.m. – A New Angle. Justin Angle speaks with renowned rock historian Jeff Brandt.

10 p.m. to midnight. Joan Richard hosts a special Night Flight

Friday 10/1

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Freeforms. A 1971 special with all vinyl 45s hosted by Mike Steinberg.

8 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Pazz and Jop special with Fred Rice.

10 p.m. to midnight – Muses Jukebox. Keith Suta plays deep cuts from '71.

Saturday 10/2

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Listener call-in special produced by Tom Berich. Listeners pick the songs from the top 40 hits of 1971. 

Sunday 10/3

4 p.m. – NPR at 50 documentary.

6 p.m. – Time Machine 1971 special from  American Public Media

Monday 10/4

11 a.m. – Freeforms. Weekend at Stonehenge with Bryan Ramirez.

8 p.m. – You Must Remember This with Allan Secher. “1971 and the Great American Songbook." Frank, Ella, Tony and more. Wer'e doing live concerts all over the world. 

9 p.m. – Tom Berich hosts a special 1971 World Bridges.