Long-Running UM Student-Produced TV Program Highlights Montana Businesses

October 12, 2015

MISSOULA – Recycled wood products, fashionable hats for active Montanans, high-tech printers and personal grooming products for men are the subjects of a University of Montana student-produced television program featuring Montana-based businesses.

The award-winning “Business: Made in Montana” profiles companies that create products in Big Sky Country and do business around the state, the country and the world. The newest program will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, across the state on MontanaPBS. An encore presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.

This episode introduces viewers to Fang Mountain Wilderness Hardware of Missoula, Wizbang Hats of Missoula, Acuity Design in Missoula and Beard Mountain Trading Company in Billings.

Fang Mountain Wilderness Hardware of Missoula recycles used materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. For more information on the business, visit http://www.fangmountain.com.

Missoula’s Wizbang Hats creates affordable, fashionable and comfortable hats and headbands for active Montana families. More details on the business are available online at https://www.wizbanghats.com.

In addition to helping create products, Acuity Design of Missoula manufactures 3-D printers in an emerging marketplace. Visit http://acuitydesign.co to learn more.

Billings-based Beard Mountain Trading Company advocates living the facial-hair lifestyle with a collection of handmade products – from mustache wax to beard balm – to promote “beard health.” For more information visit http://beardmountain.com.

Students at the UM School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television produced the program during autumn semester 2015. Junior journalism student Noelle McAvoy from Missoula hosts the program. In the past 22 years, “Business: Made in Montana” has featured more than 200 different businesses. For photos and additional information on this episode, visit http://www.montanapbs.org/BusinessMadeInMontana/2301/2301/.  

“Business: Made in Montana” is made possible with support from the Greater Montana Foundation. Founded by pioneer broadcaster Ed Craney in 1958, GMF provides grants to improve the quality of communications of important issues through electronic media. More information is available online at http://www.greatermontana.org.

MontanaPBS comprises KUFM-TV in Missoula and KUSM-TV in Bozeman and is a service of UM and Montana State University. Visit http://montanapbs.org for a TV schedule, show descriptions and more.    

Contact: Ray Ekness, professor, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4088, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.