UM Student-Produced TV Program Completes 25th Season

May 29, 2018

MISSOULA – University of Montana School of Journalism students just produced the 25th season of “Business: Made in Montana,” a television program featuring Big Sky State-based businesses.

The new program will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Thursday June 7, across the state on MontanaPBS. Encore presentations are scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, June 10, and 2 a.m. Monday, June 11.

This episode introduces viewers to Art Castings of Montana in Belgrade, West Paw Design in Bozeman, Yellowstone Agate Jewelry in Livingston, Smoot Honey Company in Power and Zombie Tools in Missoula.

Art Castings of Montana is a fine art bronze foundry that casts pieces of art ranging in size from small to monumental.

West Paw Design uses five full-time employees and an impressive team of home-sewers to make safe, high-quality dog and cat toys.

Yellowstone Agate Jewelry specializes in handmade jewelry crafted from local stones, primarily Montana Agate. The business is headquartered on banks of the Yellowstone River.

Smoot Honey Company produces around 600,000 pounds of honey per year. Every drop of honey is packed and produced locally.

Zombie Tools in Missoula features 10 skilled blade makers working full time, making and shipping a couple thousand unique and affordable blades around the world – from Alaska to Alabama and Norway to Tasmania.

Students produced the program during fall semester 2017. Junior journalism student Dillion Sierra hosts the program.

“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.

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Contact: Kevin Tompkins, UM School of Journalism assistant professor, 406-243-4088, kevin.tompkins@umontana.edu.