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.
Thoughts After Paying My Montana Property Taxes This Week
We're being overtaxed.
Big Variables That Keep Montanans Close (or Far) From Their Hometowns
A survey by Pew Research said that with the exception of the military, 37% of Americans have never lived outside of their hometowns. Which is about what I would've guessed.
[PHOTOS] Shoutout to the Billings Households Who Know How to Halloween
Please be on the lookout for the kids tonight. And if you are giving out candy, give out GOOD candy!
Montana, Are You Into Coasting Through Thrills? Mark Has Favorites
My favorite was in Tampa, Florida. It was the one time that the Flakes trip sailed out of that city.
Word Up! Mark Wants To Know Why Street Names Are Complicated
Why must street names be so complicated? The poor folks who live on them must grow tired of spelling it out.
Montana Radio Host Wonders Why These Dolly Songs Are Missing on New Album
Had I not ended up with a forty-year career on the air, one of the other career paths that I might have pursued would have been being a recording engineer in Nashville. Part of my job now requires engineering. As I've always said, I've got the buttons...
Montana Do You Remember CB Radios? Celebrate Them Today
President Jimmy Carter declared that every October 4 would be National CB Radio Day. And it's been that way since 1976. A lot of younger folks may have never used a C.B. radio. But back in the 1970s, they were incredibly popular as 20 million of them had been sold across the country...
This is What Enjoying ‘Windshield Therapy’ is Like On Montana’s Backroads
There are many names for what I did Sunday morning. "Go for a cruise", "Driveabout" and "Go see some scenery". I prefer to call it "Windshield therapy". You start with no destination. And while you're driving backroads you take to turn down roads that you either haven't been on in a long time or have never been down...
Avoiding the Hurry Up and Wait Situation at the Billings Int’l Airport
One of my "issues" in life is the fact that I don't like to wait in lines. If I get to a restaurant and there's a line or even a wait, I'm eating dinner somewhere else. But I can't always control whether I have to stand in a line. One of those times is when I fly...
Montanans Know People With Some Pretty Rare Names. Do You, Too?
For Weird Wednesday we asked listeners to call in names that they just don't hear anymore. And we got a huge response including a man named Marion (like Charlie Russell's middle name). And a couple of men whose first names were Shirley. There was a Martile, along Forrest...
Mark Wilson from The Breakfast Flakes Talks ‘Going the Distance’ in Montana
Today's topic is "going the distance". I saw on Q2's website a story about a guy who was planning on a 400-mile paddleboarding trip that would take him from Gardiner to Terry. Very ambitious. And last week there was a soldier that walked 22 miles in full gear...
If Your Phone Is About to Die and You’re Lost, Do This, Billings
I don't how many hours a day I'm scrolling through things on Facebook, but it's a lot. And for as much time as I'm on there, there isn't much of what I'm looking for. But I ran across an idea on there this week that I really liked. And I shared the idea with my daughter, but it's a good idea for all your loved ones...