Popular MontanaPBS Show Receives National Award

February 01, 2019

MISSOULA – “Backroads of Montana,” the popular MontanaPBS travelogue series, received recognition as one of the best in public media by the National Educational Telecommunications Association at a Jan. 21 gala event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The episode “Rich with Tradition” was honored in the “Locally Sourced” category. The episode featured stories on the legend of Clubfoot George Lane, a family corn maze near Bozeman, the delicious delicacies from the Windmill Village Baker in Ravalli, a Glasgow man who transformed his garage into a brewery and the fascinating aircraft collection at the Stonehenge Air Museum near Fortine.

Host William Marcus, Gus Chambers, John Twiggs and Ray Ekness produce the program.

NETA honors public media’s achievements in instructional media, community engagement, promotion and general audience content with the awards.

“Every one of us working in public media today can be proud of the NETA Award winners,” said Eric Hyyppa, the organization’s president. “When you look at the achievements that these projects represent, making our services relevant and valuable to our communities, you can’t help but be inspired for the future.”

The awards were the opening event for the 2019 NETA Conference and CPB Public Media Thought Leaders Forum.

The NETA Awards are an annual recognition of public broadcasting’s finest work, a tradition established in the 1960s by NETA’s precursor, the pioneering Southern Educational Communications Association.

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 the University of Montana and Montana State University. For more information, visit http://www.montanapbs.org/.

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Contact: Ray Ekness, UM Broadcast Media Center director, 406-243-4154, ray.ekness@umontana.edu.