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.
Things You Didn’t Know About This Favorite 1970s Family, As Told By Mark
Were you a Partridge Family fanatic back in the day?
Billings Gazette Makes Bad Call With This Social Media Decision
Paul and I put an article out every day. And anybody who can afford the internet is welcome to say anything they want to us.
‘The Largest School Carnival in Montana’ Helps Local High Schoolers
As Paul and I were walking out of the hotel yesterday, we ran into a group kids representing Joliet's B.P.A. They wanted to let everybody know about the party that they're putting on. They are calling it "The largest school carnival in Montana"...
Billings Business Owner Makes Heartfelt “Dad Move” For His Kid
So, I give a shout-out to Austin's Barbershop in the heights for making a strong "dad move" and making your son your priority. It's the right thing to do.
The Flakes Are Asking Billings Businesses to Do This for Senior Student Emily
We spent this morning discussing Emily Pennington who is a student at West Junior High. She has Down Syndrome and won't be allowed to have a senior year with her classmates because she will turn nineteen before graduation. Our listeners are not happy...
Mark’s Best, Worst, and Nightmare Roommate Stories in Montana
I needed roommates to get me by when starting out in radio. Not always fun.
Dear Montanans My Age and Older: How Are You Doing With All of This Technology?
There's an app for everything... But I don't want it.
Have You Picked Out Songs To Be Played At Your Funeral?
Not every family has somebody like me that knows everybody's favorite songs or which ones they want to be played at their funeral.
You Should Travel: If Not the Flakes Trip, Somewhere
I hope that you have a "Dream Destination". And I hope you get to go see it in person someday.
Billings, Are You Taking More Safety Precautions With Increase in Shootings?
Billings is no longer "small-town America". More doors are kept locked and fewer cars are kept running in public.