I was born and raised in Great Falls and grew up listening to my dad on KMON AM where he was the morning guy. Dad also had a band that would practice at our house for the jobs they played almost every weekend. So, my exposure to country music was huge. At the State Fair in Great Falls in 1971, dad emceed all of the concerts, and I got to sit in the front row for Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, and the Carpenters. I started on KMON Great Falls shortly after high school then made my way to KYSS-FM in Missoula while I was in college. I worked for KGVO, Missoula, then on to KYSN-FM, East Wenatchee, Washington. I came to Billings in March of 1988 after Citadel Communications bought the 102.9 FM & AM970 signals and Cat Country was launched. I play golf and racquetball, neither very well.
Taking a Vacation the Mark Wilson Way
Hint: It involves golf.
New Railroad Ties Between Billings & Broadview Inspired Today’s Article
Today's article was inspired by seeing some new ties stacked up between Billings and Broadview.
Iconic MT Highway Open, Tina Turner in Person, & Lockwood’s Valedictorian
It's Friday, and Mark is ushering you into the holiday weekend with some fragments from throughout the week. Stay safe!
Email in Montana is A Necessary Evil
When I was on the phone getting internet set up with the company that was Bresnan at the time, the guy never mentioned how often I would need that address for years to come.
Spreading Radio Cheer For All To Hear in Montana
I got to thinking about all of this today when I had a lady call and tell us about a new song called "Son Of A" by Dillon Carmichael.
Watching Local Media Shrink Right Here in Billings
If you lose your local paper, you lose the majority of your local coverage. So we'll get fewer pictures of small-town parades, criminals to be on the lookout for, and somebody's kids making a basket in the big school tournament.
Stay Or Go? Mark Talks Moving From His Montana Hometown
The most common reason given for staying home was to be close to family. And that's ultimately why I stayed in Montana.
Meeting a Real-Life Captain Maverick in Montana
Mark wasn't built for Gs, but he can dream. The Breakfast Flakes got to meet a "real-life Maverick" in the studio today.
Mark W. Reflects Being On-Air for 35 Years, And Offers His Advice For Longevity
Never apologize for being successful. Never quit showing up. And you'll be amazed how things will work out.
Give Them the Chance, and U of MT Fans Will Pay For It
That makes for a pricey alcoholic beverage.