Mark Wilson, a native of Great Falls, has a deep-rooted connection to the world of country music. His early exposure came through his father, who was a morning radio host on KMON AM. Mark's childhood home was filled with the sounds of his dad's band practicing for their weekend gigs. One of the pivotal moments in Mark's life was attending the State Fair in Great Falls in 1971. His father served as the emcee for all the concerts, granting Mark the opportunity to enjoy front-row seats for performances by artists like Anne Murray, Glen Campbell, and the Carpenters. After high school, Mark embarked on his own journey in radio. He initiated his career at KMON Great Falls and transitioned to KYSS-FM in Missoula during his college years. His dedication to the radio industry led him to work for KGVO in Missoula and later KYSN-FM in East Wenatchee, Washington. In March 1988, Mark Wilson moved to Billings when Citadel Communications acquired the 102.9 FM and AM970 signals, launching the iconic Cat Country. Since then, he has been an integral part of the Cat Country team. Beyond his passion for radio, Mark enjoys his leisure time playing golf and racquetball, even though he admits that his skills in both sports are a work in progress.
What’s The Most You’d Pay For a Concert Ticket, Montana?
Thankfully most of my concert ticket purchases are behind me.
PSA For Billings Drivers: Don’t Curse Out Bikers For This
Billings has an awful lot of bikes here. Please don't run over any of them.
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.
Billings Downtown BK Closed, What Is Next For the Area?
Our downtown needs a refresh... And it would be nice if we could just reshuffle all the assorted fast food joints into one area.
The One Treat That Can Cure Sadness in Montana
You should never underestimate the power of this sweet treat.
Hey, Montana Grown-Ups, Do You Still Play Video Games?
Mark doesn't put quarters in video games anymore because there just aren't many places that have those arcades. But in his basement, he still has a Super Nintendo that he purchased in about 1990.
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...