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.
We Got a New Window in the Studio
I have worked at the top of this building since June 6, 1990, and have never seen a window get replaced up here. But that last windstorm finally propelled something at enough speed to shatter one of our north-facing windows. This made me think of many things.
Big Timber Bar Has Collected Nearly 500 Taps
Taps. Not the song. The thingies that you pull on and beer comes out of. The Timber, in Big Timber, has close to 500 of them mounted on boards and displayed on the ceiling of the Big Timber Bar.
In-Room iPads at Akumal
"Mr. Wilson, would you like a margarita delivered to your room?" When is the answer to that question ever a "No" when you're in Mexico?!
How I Broke My Coffee Pot
It's that feeling you get when you know that it's too late to do anything about it. You know, like when you're being extremely careful to not strip the nut, then you strip it anyway?
Friday Fragments: Mexico Trip Edition
I was looking back through my phone this morning at all the pictures I took while we were at Secrets Akumal in Mexico and I have to say, it was another fabulous Flakes Trip.
Billings Has a Problem With Jaywalking
I saw the story this morning where a jaywalker was hit on Central Avenue over the weekend and I'm surprised that this doesn't happen more often in Billings.
A Heavy Week With Some Levity: Friday Fragments
These past seven days have included a funeral of a lady who left us too soon, carrying a friend of mine into rehab, and the anniversary date of the passing of my brother. Sounds like a lot of laughs, doesn't it?
What’s Your Number?
I recently asked the manager of Godfather's if he had any idea how many pizzas he's made in his career. He guessed somewhere north of two million.
Have You Ever Been Robbed or Had a Gun Pulled on You?
Today I'm curious about the folks that read these that have either had a gun pulled on them or have maybe even been shot.
Today Is the 6th Anniversary of My Brother’s Passing
Today is the sixth anniversary of the passing of my little brother. Leukemia took him on a Monday evening.
Hot Grandma, Zac Brown Band, and a Serious Note: Friday Fragments
I learned about "The World's Hottest Grandma" who is raising money for agencies involved in the fire fighting effort. For every ten dollars you send, she sends you something called "Premium Content." Hmm.
Tell Us About Your Famous Friends
Tomorrow morning on our show I'll tell the story about one of the writers of Elvis's "Heartbreak Hotel" being friends with my dad. That got me thinking about my famous friends. I don't have any.