UM School of Journalism to Host First Missoula Podcast Festival

October 30, 2015

MISSOULA – Great Montana stories will be shared during the first Missoula Podcast Festival at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Roxy Theater.

“It’s like a mini film fest, but without the film and tailored to people who love great radio,” said Jule Banville, a University of Montana journalism assistant professor. Banville edits and hosts the local “Last Best Stories” podcast, which features the best of her students’ work as well as pieces from independent radio producers in Montana. Some of those stories will be included in the Missoula Podcast Festival.

The Missoula Podcast Festival will also feature stories from other professional producers, including Amy Martin, who is debuting a podcast project on Montana Public Radio, and Clay Scott, who has produced more than 125 stories about the people of the West for his series “Mountain West Voices.”

Banville said the audience does not need to know what a podcast is to enjoy this event. “Really, it’s simply a chance to hear great audio stories you won’t hear anywhere else,” she said.

The event is sponsored by the UM School of Journalism, the “Last Best Stories” podcast and the Roxy Theater. Advance tickets are available at and at the Roxy, located at 718 S. Higgins Ave. 

Contact: Jule Banville, UM School of Journalism assistant professor, 406-243-2237,