Longtime Public Radio Host John Myers Dies

June 12, 2015

MISSOULA – John Myers, whose music programs on Montana Public Radio ranged from blues and bluegrass to folk, jazz and classic rock ‘n’ roll, died Wednesday, June 10, of colon cancer.

Myers joined Montana Public Radio in 1985 as host of the “Folk Show.” According to MTPR Program Director Michael Marsolek, his vast collection of records and his encyclopedic knowledge of music and lyrics made Myers a natural host and producer for MTPR’s wide variety of music genre programs.

Myers was most famous for his theme-based programs. His 30-year-long playlist archive includes shows on fishing, floods, flowers, fools and rain, rivers and roses, among dozens of others.

A devotee of Martin Luther King Jr., Myers wrote and produced a series of music and spoken word programs honoring King’s legacy.

Marsolek remembers Myers as witty, kind and generous. “John was always willing to substitute for other staffers on a moment’s notice,” he said. “He loved sharing music and telling stories about how the music came to be. He had the backstory on all of them.”  

His health failing, Myers’ last day on the air was March 26. MTPR plans a series of themed tribute shows in July. Remembrances can be shared online at http://mtpr.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/mtpublicradio.

Memorial service plans are pending.

Contact: William Marcus, director, UM Broadcast Media Center, 406-243-4154, william.marcus@umontana.edu; Michael Marsolek, program director, Montana Public Radio, 406-243-4096, michael.marsolek@mtpr.org.