UM Student-Produced TV Program Celebrates 25th Season

January 24, 2018

MISSOULA – The next episode of a University of Montana student-produced television program featuring Montana-based businesses will feature custom bikes for Montana terrain, small economical homes, women’s work­­wear paired with a music festival, healthy and tasty homemade doughnuts, and second-to-none fly rods.

“Business: Made in Montana” profiles companies that create products in Big Sky Country and conduct business around the state, country and world. The new program will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, across the state on MontanaPBS. An encore presentation is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.

For many years, “Business: Made in Montana” has featured hundreds of different businesses. This episode signals the start of its 25th season presenting quality Montana products.

This program introduces viewers to Bitterroot Cycles in Hamilton, Eco-Built Homes in Billings, Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs, Tandem Doughnuts in Missoula and The R.L. Winston Rod Company in Twin Bridges.

Bitterroot Cycles makes hardtail mountain bikes that feature its signature brands, “The Weasel” and “The Beaver.” They are made with American parts to be more affordable than other handmade bikes.

Eco-Built Homes builds homes small in stature but large on economic and environmental value.

Red Ants Pants produces quality women’s work pants along with other women’s items. They also sponsor a music festival each summer to help give their small community a big economic boost.

Tandem Doughnuts is a wholesale vegan and gluten-free bakery that distributes their goods to companies across Missoula.

For over 85 years, The R.L. Winston Rod Company has been the industry leader in fly rods.

Students at the UM School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television produced the program during spring semester 2017. Junior journalism student Julie Magnuson 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, the foundation provides grants to improve the quality of communications of important issues through electronic media. More information is available online at

MontanaPBS is composed of KUFM-TV in Missoula and KUSM-TV in Bozeman and is a service of UM and Montana State University.


Contact: Kevin Tompkins, UM journalism visiting assistant professor, 406-243-4088,