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.
Instructions for When I Leave This World
In case you missed the program this morning, we were asking where folks wanted their ashes spread when they die. Most of the places picked by our callers were beautiful spots that they had visited in their lifetimes.
Mark’s Riding Lawn Mower
I've had neighbors who have gone through three or four cheaper riders in the time since I bought mine. And I love to brag about my machine.
What’s Your Unique Experience?
So, what's your unique experience? Did you bump into Garth Brooks in the motel lobby? Do you skydive?
One-Ways, Restaurant Impossible, Ads: Friday Fragments
I started off the week with three rounds of golf in a row. And another one to follow today at 12:44. Fore!
I Still Do What My Teachers Tell Me
So yesterday I get a text from Mary Baumann. She was my sixth-grade teacher in Great Falls and she sent me several ideas of things that I could write about that she thought people might be interested in.
Mark’s Picks for the ACM Awards Tonight
I always enjoy the country award shows because it's the business that I'm in. But also because they generally far less political than others tend to be.
Cleaning Out My Cupboard at Work Today
I'm sure that my headline made you stop what you are doing to delve into exactly what magic nugget I might find. This task isn't sexy, but it was necessary.
The Ringing In My Ears
I have ringing in my ears and I'm wondering if others have my issue and what they've done to make it go away.
A Few Fragments of What I’m Grateful For: Friday Fragments
I took a picture of Paul this morning. After thinking about it for a bit, I wish I would have shot a video and put the music from Fantasia with it.
Rimrock Mall Is Getting Another Option For Birthday Parties
I snapped a picture of this to remind me to look this up and see what's coming our way. So I did. Great news. We'll have another place to hold birthday parties for kids.
I’m Curious About Oil Changes
I am curious about how many people change their own oil. And also how you dispose of it.
Don’t Be A Tattletale When People Aren’t Wearing Masks
The thing that I don't care for is the group of people who are "tattletales." They take it upon themselves to snap a picture of a coach or athlete who has their mask off for a fraction of a second. Then the picture gets sent to the school/coach/governing organization.