MontanaPBS ‘Backroads of Montana’ Program Nominated for National Award

November 08, 2018

MISSOULA – The National Educational Telecommunications Association recently nominated the popular MontanaPBS travelogue program “Backroads of Montana” for an award.  The program is one of two finalists in the Locally Sourced-Small Station category.

The NETA Awards honor public television’s best work in community engagement, content production, instructional media and promotion.

“We’re proud that our work has been honored by NETA,” said Ray Ekness, director of the University of Montana Broadcast Media Center and Missoula general manager of MontanaPBS.

“Backroads of Montana,” produced for more than 25 years by Ekness, Gus Chambers, John Twiggs and host William Marcus, highlights the people and traditions of the state.

“The NETA Awards are something that all of us in public media can be proud of,” NETA President Eric Hyppa said.

The awards will be presented at the 2019 NETA Conference and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Thought Leader Forum on Monday, Jan. 21, in Salt Lake City.

MontanaPBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena) is a service of UM and Montana State University.

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Contact: Ray Ekness, director, UM Broadcast Media Center, 406-243-4154,