Montana Public Radio to Broadcast Live at Montana Folk Festival

April 11, 2017

MISSOULA – Montanans and folk fans around the world can tune into music, stories and more during the Montana Folk Festival’s 10th anniversary July 7-9 in Butte.

Montana Public Radio will partner with Mainstreet Uptown Butte to broadcast live from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 7, and from 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 8, during the festival.

The broadcasts will feature live music from the Festival’s “Original Stage,” as well as interviews with artists and stories capturing the feel of the festival, the audience and the Mining City.

“We’re happy MTPR can share this great event and all the great music with listeners across western and central Montana and streaming online around the world,” said George Everett, executive director of Mainstreet Uptown Butte.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the folk festival. The National Folk Festival ran for three years before changing into the Montana Folk Festival, first hosted in Butte seven years ago. MTPR aired events live in 2008 and 2009.

Program director Michael Marsolek is one of the many MTPR radio personalities who will go on the air from Butte.

“We’re proud that we are able to return to festival for the 10th anniversary,” Marsolek said. “We believe delivering diverse folk, jazz and world music to our audience is a part of our mission.”

MTPR will announce later this spring the acts that will appear on the “Original Stage.” Nearly 140,000 people attended the festival over the three days last summer, and more than 150,000 are expected to attend its return in Butte.

MTPR also will make the broadcasts available to other public radio stations. A list of stations follows:

  • 89.1 Missoula (KUFM)
  • 91.5 Missoula, city (K218AI)
  • 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN)
  • 89.5 Polson (KPJH)
  • 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL)
  • 90.5 Libby (KUFL)
  • 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN)
  • 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ)
  • 91.3 Butte (KAPC)
  • 91.7 Helena (KUHM)
  • 91.7 Dillon (K219DN) 
  • 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR)

Montana Public Radio is a service of the University of Montana. Learn more at http://mtpr.org. For more information on the Montana Folk Festival, visit http://www.montanafolkfestival.com.  

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Contact: Michael Marsolek, program director, Montana Public Radio, 406-243-4096, michael.marsolek@umontana.edu; George Everett, executive director, Mainstreet Uptown Butte, 406-565-2249, gevertt@montana.com.