When it comes to outdoor sports, the region served by the Northern Sports Network is one of the premier recreation capitals of the world! Every weekday afternoon NSN's regular radio feature Shadow of the Rockies explores Montana and Wyoming outdoor recreation, with "how-to" information, and tips on where to go and what to do, to get the most out of the outdoor west!
The host of this unique program, Erl Barsness, was raised in Minnesota and moved to Montana in 1964 to work for the Lolo National forest in Missoula. His broadcast career dates back to 1960, and includes several radio and television stations in Missoula, Helena, and Billings over the past three decades. He first joined the Northern Sports Network in 1976 following a stint as Sports Director and later News Director for KULR Television in Billings. From 1976 to 1981 Erl Barsness produced the network's popular radio program, "The Outdoorsman", heard on many stations across Montana and Wyoming, and later Erl anchored State News for the Northern News Network. In the mid 1980's he worked as Farm Director first for KGHL radio in Billings and later with the multi-state Intermountain radio network.
As an avid hunter, Erl Barsness likes to pursue big game, as well as both upland birds and waterfowl . He is a member of the Billings Rod and Gun Club and has enjoyed raising and training his own retrievers. Not all his hunting is with a gun however, since Erl is an excellent professional photographer and specializes in scenic and outdoor photography. He has skied all his life, and is an active member of the National Ski Patrol. Erl and his wife Ann live in Billings where they have raised two children to love and respect the outdoors.