It was quite a summer road trip for Montana Public Radio. What a terrific two weeks to be out and about in Montana!
We hosted our meet-and-greet sessions in nine Montana cities over 11 days. We drove nearly 1,900 miles. With the recent and unusual August rain, everything was so green and golden.
We saw the sunset over the Rocky Mountain Front. We visited Libby on the hottest day of the year. We stopped to visit the Ross Creek Cedars in northwest Montana and the Bitterroot Pathways sculpture gardens in Lincoln. We saw the full moon rise over the buttes in north-central Montana and stopped to see station sponsors in Kalispell and Whitefish. We saw Belted Galloway cattle near Dixon, an osprey floating on the breeze near the Kootenai Falls near Libby and deer. Lots of deer.
We ate something called a Huck Chut in Kalispell and heard of (but did not order) the one-pound burger at Minnie’s Montana Café in Thompson Falls. We nibbled on pub mix, popcorn and pizza.
We visited with more than 400 of you over 27 hours of listening. We met listeners of all ages from kids and 20-somethings to an 84-year-old couple from the Flathead Valley. Some pinned the names of the shows they want us to carry on their lapels. We found out that people of all ages love the Pea Green Boat. Many took time to listen to our preview reel featuring the seven new shows that will air starting in September.
We appreciate all of your thoughtful responses concerning our upcoming program changes. We heard overwhelmingly positive feedback about the changes with only a few folks in each city who are unhappy. While we understand your displeasure with some of our decisions, we hope you will give the new programs a chance and find a place for them during your time listening to MTPR. You can see the new program schedule here.
Thanks to all of you for coming out to say hi, for visiting with us and for sharing your thoughts about MTPR. We wouldn’t be the station we are if it wasn’t for the care, love and financial support you give MTPR every day. And thank you Montana for being such a fabulous place for us all to call home. What a state we live in!