Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

Montana’s Statewide Radio Talk Show …Since 1998

Read the below calendar to see what is coming up on Voices of Montana.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 1, 2016

    On May 17, 1955, the Montana Telephone Association was founded in Great Falls, MT. Now called the Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) and located in Helena, MT. MTA continues to provide public policy advocacy and consultation, communications, training and education, trade shows and related services to independent rural telecommunications service providers throughout Montana. The Association is actively engaged in state and federal legislative and regulatory affairs.

    MTA member companies provide advanced telecommunications services to business and residential consumers in Montana. MTA members have over $500 million of fixed investment in place, and they invest over $80 million each year in capital and operating expenditures. With tens of thousands of miles of fiber optic facilities (over 20,000 miles) deployed throughout the state (see the Montana Fiber Map link), MTA members provide access to high speed broadband Internet service to over 80% (and often near 100%) of their customers. To learn more about how MTA members are conquering the challenge of low population density and high deployment costs, download the State of Rural Broadband Report at BroadbandMT.com.

    MTA’s ConnectMT™ Initiative, announced in March 2014, adopts a goal to deliver up to gigabit broadband speeds to Montana’s school, libraries and other anchor institutions by 2020. MTA members took a major step in fulfilling this commitment by announcing that every school they serve will have fiber connectivity by the end of 2017. By investing in tomorrow’s technology today, MTA members are connecting rural Montana to the future.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 5, 2016

    Jessica Sena talks about the Petroleum Industry and the latest on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 6, 2016

    American Commitment engages in critical public policy fights over the size and intrusiveness of government through direct advocacy, strategic policy analysis, and grassroots mobilization.  Working with key partners, American Commitment delivers timely, effective public policy research to the broader free-market movement.

    American Commitment is led by Phil Kerpen, a leading free-market policy analyst and advocate in Washington. Prior to joining American Commitment, Kerpen was the principal policy and legislative strategist at Americans for Prosperity for over five years.  He previously worked at the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.  Kerpen is also a nationally syndicated columnist, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.

    American Commitment is designed to fill the capabilities gap between think tanks engaged in pure public policy work and grassroots organizations engaged in mobilizing citizen activists.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 7, 2016

    Lonnie Bell enlisted in the Navy at 16 years old and retired 20-years later. He was born in West Virginia but did not want to be a coal miner like all the rest of his family so he thought the military was the way out. He was a WW-2 Navy Aviator and mechanic in a Catalina-PBY. His squadron had a very distinguished record. He was sent to Pearl Harbor directly after the bombings. Most know Lonnie as a music historian and DJ. His Sunday morning show on KGHL is a must to listen show in Billings. Lonnie at 92 and is busier than ever.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 8, 2016

    Formation of National Grazing Allotment Owners Association

    sheep grazing leftAnnouncing the first ever, national organization for range or grazing AllotmentOwners that is wholly run by AllotmentOwners.
    The first ever national organization for range or grazing Allotment Owners that is wholly run byAllotmentOwners has been formed as the: Range AllotmentOwners (RAO) National Grazing-lands Education Association.
    In a statement today, Executive Director Dr. Angus McIntosh said, “We saw a real need for a national organization that will protect the property-rights and business interests of AllotmentOwners.” 
    McIntosh continued, “Therefore, we formed the Range Allotment Owners Association.  RAO will give Allotment Owners a strong voice that will dominate and control State and Federal bureaucrats. By honoring our statutes, we, not the feds or enviros, will dictate all terms and uses of Allotment Owners property. RAO will be run by us, not the BLM or USFS!”
    RAO will have a National Grazing Advisory Board of 13 Directors (1 for each of the eleven Western States, an Indian Allotmentowner, and a Plains Region Allotmentowner for the National Grasslands ranchers). Each Director is an Allotment Owner who will form their own State Grazing Advisory Board – and as many local boards as they need. Each Director may invite current members of established grazing advisory boards to join or form new boards.
    Congratulations and thank you’s to RAO Directors: Robert Corbell (CA), Tim Erickson (CA), Lorene Bonds (CO), Maxine Korman (MT), Gary Stone (MT), Wayne Hage Jr. (NV), Matt Wood (UT), Chuck Sylvester (WY), and Native Indian-Allotment Representative Carlos Salazar.
    If you are an Allotment Owner in Wyoming, Washington, Oregon or Idaho and want to volunteer as a RAO Director, please contact us.
    Range Allotment Owner Directors show strong determination to voluntarily stand up forAllotment Ownersrights!
    For more information, go to www.RangeAllotmentOwners.com, email   call Chuck (970) 284-6874 or Angus (970) 213-1005
    Join us and protect your future!  www.RangeAllotmentOwners.com
  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 12, 2016

    Welcome to the Montana Department of Justice. We’re a team of nearly 750 public servants dedicated to ensuring Montana’s one million residents have safe places to live,work, and play.
    In this,our first biennial report,we want to let you know about the good and wide-ranging work we’ve done over the past two years to help the public spot the signs of child abuse and neglect,to find effective ways to treat DUI offenders in their communities, and to protect our families against sexual or violent offenders.We’re busy patrolling Montana’s highways,investigating and prosecuting the toughest criminal cases, analyzing forensic evidence, ensuring drivers are licensed, and training the next generation of our law enforcement officers.
    As the state’s chief legal and law enforcement office,we also defend laws when they’re challenged in court,protect Montana’s legal interests here and throughout the country, and much more.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 13, 2016

    Chairman of the (WEFR), Leo Berry will join us.


    is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation established in 1984. The Foundation seeks to enhance public awareness of the economic and social importance of the natural resource industries. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors whose members are interested in educating the public and decision-makers about natural resource issues that affect the economic and social well being of Montana families and businesses.


    • Provide the public with research, education and information regarding natural resources.
    • Promote public discussion regarding natural resource policy issues.
    • Enhance public awareness of the implications of natural resource policies.
    • Promote the development and dissemination of factual, science-based information regarding natural resource issues.

    Past projects have included production of educational ads for television, radio and newspapers; and publication of educational booklets on air and water quality issues. To learn more about supporting the Western Education for Resources, please visit our contact page.
    Financial contributions are deductible to the extent allowable by law.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 14, 2016

    Founded by pioneer broadcaster Ed Craney in 1958, The Greater Montana Foundation’s mission is to encourage communication, with an emphasis on electronic media, on issues, trends and values of importance to present and future generations of Montanana’s

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 15, 2016

    In his new book, a retired commander and the first Navy SEAL combat veteran to be elected to the U.S. Congress, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), shares his experience in leading and training some of America’s greatest warriors, while repeatedly reminding readers that “restrictive rules of engagement” are preventing American troops from fighting to win.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 16, 2016

    What was behind the Donald Trump presidential victory? While pundits dissect, bisect and analyze every nuance of every issue and every demographic sector, wondering what they missed before, and are now hoping to get it right – there’s not a one who’s mentioned the real underlying theme of it all — the rule of law.
    The election demonstrated that despite all the rhetoric and squabbles and minutia of issues and personalities, the America still stands for the rule of law. About this, the country is breathing a sigh of relief.

    “Making America Great Again” was about adhering to the rule of law.
    The surprise victory wasn’t about Donald Trump. It wasn’t about Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t about Barrack Obama, per se. It was Americans drawing a line in the sand and saying “we want a government of laws and not of men.”
    That is in essence the meaning behind the pundits’ determination that the election was about the future appointments of Supreme Court Justices. At its root, the differences of opinion about justices, is whether the justices will be “activists” writing law at whim, or whether they will serve their traditional role of interpreting the US Constitution and the laws as duly passed by Congress.
    So if the appointment of judges was what most motivated people to get to the polls, then that is to say that Donald Trump was elected by Constitutionalists- – by people who want our government to abide by the rule of law.
    To the extent that the election was about the “repudiation” of President Obama’s policies – it is not about any specific policy or its philosophical premise, but about how it became law. Obama circumvented the rule of law – the Constitution – our system of government – and simply asserted his will – “with a pen and a telephone.”
    Even the claim that the election was push-back by the American voters against the effort to “transform” America – is to say the voters were demanding a return to a government of laws. If Americans wanted “Hope and Change,” it was not a desire to abandon the rule of law.
    Rather than go to Congress to hammer out an energy policy, Obama circumvented the Congress – the will of the people—and imposed his own energy agenda by blocking the Keystone Pipeline, despite the fact that the project had adhered to every aspect of the law.
    Even Obamacare stands as a product that circumvented the rule of law. The shenanigans of Congress in passing it might well have been tolerated, but when a Supreme Court Justice decided that he could insert his will and rewrite the law in order to declare it Constitutional, all respect for that law and the Supreme Court Justice was lost.
    The issue of the rule of law stands behind all of the issues that are bantered about as reasons for Trump’s election. All of the problems faced by the middle class are tied to government run-amuck, to executive orders that undermined job creation, livelihoods, economic security, health care, confidence, and joy.
    Understand that Trump can blithely declare he will revoke each and every one of Obama’s executive orders, only because each of them exists in violation of the rule of law. Had any or all of those edicts been duly passed by Congress, the possibility of revoking them would not even have had occurred to Trump. And, if those were all acts of Congress, anyone’s promise to remove them would not have been heralded. Americans respect the rule of law, even when they don’t like the law. They would not have embraced somebody over-turning Congress, any more than they liked someone going around Congress.
    But apparently there are those who do not like the rule of law, which is inexplicable. How can anyone who supposedly cares about the “little guy,” not know that nothing is more fundamental to the defense of every single individual in the country, as the adherence to the rule of law? How can they advocate for the upheaval, chaos, crime, and uncertainty that must ensue in the absence of the rule of law?
    That Hillary Clinton escaped prosecution as a privileged elite under laws that were stringently imposed upon those of lesser status, escalated the public angst. It underscored the perception that the rule of law no longer prevails as a cornerstone of our government.
    For those anxious about what Donald Trump might do as president, there is little reason for inordinate concern, so long as HE does not take up “the pen and the telephone” – so long as Congress plays the role it is supposed to play in providing a check on executive power. It was never intended that the president of the United States have so much power. The founders expected Congress to fulfill its role and defend its power. If there has been any failure in the system, it has been that of the US Congress.
    For Americans to see their country reeling out of control, in directions never imagined, was disconcerting and caused many to question themselves. Are we a people who have so completely changed that we now embrace that which we stood against for hundreds of years? To believe that, was almost as unnerving as seeing the consequences of the president’s policies.
    Before the election, Americans had begun to suffer a lack of confidence in their country and themselves. That is now gone. Americans needed to see Americans stand up for the rule of law. The confidence that that now brings will shape what comes next.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 19, 2016

    Call us with your thoughts and questions.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 20, 2016

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    The organization leading the charge for Western states to take over federal lands has a new leader. Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder is stepping up as CEO of the American Lands Council, while founding president and Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory is moving on to become director of the “Free The Lands” Project with Federalism In Action. The latter is a nonprofit policy group that supports states’ rights and public-lands transfers to states or local communities. The shift comes as the ALC and the public-lands transfer agenda have faced growth and criticism, and as militant fellow travelers gain notoriety for the movement.

    Ivory co-founded the ALC in 2012 to push for the transfer or seizure of national forests and rangelands to states or local governments. Since then, Ivory has rallied Sagebrush Rebels and anti-government supporters and shepherded a West-wide public-lands crusade that has gained traction from county commission offices to state legislatures. Fielder, already a frequent speaker on behalf of the ALC, moves into her position with her own connections to right-wing extremists.

    A businesswoman who specialized in outdoor recreation planning and community projects, Fielder was elected as a state senator in 2012, representing Thompson Falls and surrounding counties in Northwestern Montana. She quickly emerged as a leading voice for the ALC and the public-lands takeover movement in Montana. In 2013, she successfully introduced a resolution authorizing a legislative working group, which she then chaired, to carry out a survey of federal land management in the state. Critics said the group’s 2014 final report had “a hidden agenda” promoting transferring federal lands to the state. A 2015 bill she backed to create a public-lands transfer task force made it through the state legislature, despite opposition from conservation and sportsmen’s groups, but was vetoed by Governor Steve Bullock, D.

    “It won’t be a whole lot different than what I’ve been doing, educating people and trying to keep moving in a positive direction,” Fielder told the Helena Independent Record, of her new position. “I believe (federal lands transfer) is the right thing for Montana and that’s the whole reason I support local decision making. But I realize that to help Montana you have to get other states to see the plight.”

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 21, 2016

    Jace Killsback, President Northern Cheyenne tribe

    A.J. Not Afraid , Chairman, Crow tribe

    Senator Jason Smalls, House District 21

    Will all join us for thi very special VOM show.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 23, 2016

    When Tara Walker Lyons was 12 years old, she ran through a dark alley of Augusta one night to knock on the door of a Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

    She had fled her home after suffering six years of sexual abuse by a relative, she said during testimony at a January hearing at the state Capitol.

    Now 27 years old, Lyons is speaking out to protect other children from sexual abuse.

    Lyons wants Montana to follow in the footsteps of 26 other states that have passed a law supporting Erin’s Law, the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Awareness Act. It provides federal funding to each state for sexual abuse prevention and education in the schools.

    However, Lyons’ efforts face some steep challenges in Montana because local school boards decide curriculum in Montana’s 413 school districts.

    Lyons has been crisscrossing the state and traveling from her home in Hamilton to Helena to testify about the need to get sexual assault prevention education into schools.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 26, 2016

    Merry Christmas from Voices of Montana!

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 28, 2016


    Governor Steve Bullock issued an executive order November 30, 2016 declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of invasive aquatic mussel larvae.

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    The State of Montana’s Mussel Response Team was formed to rapidly assess the extent and severity of the mussel incident impacting Montana’s waterways. The team is working to develop a coordinated response and long-term strategy in order to mitigate economic and ecological damage.

    To accomplish this, the team is collecting data and information in order to make informed decisions, contain and control affected areas, and develop procedures to prevent future contamination risks. Providing the public with accurate and timely information is a priority of the response team.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 30, 2016

    For 30 years, Eric Feaver has dedicated his professional and much of his personal life to MEA-MFT. Under his leadership, MEA-MFT has grown enormously in numbers of members and locals and in strength.

    Eric was born in Wyoming and raised in Oklahoma.

    In 1967, he earned a BA in government, history, and economics from the University of Oklahoma. In 1972, he received an MA in American history from the University of Maryland. In 1999, he received an honorary doctorate of education from Montana State University.

    1969-70, Eric served in Vietnam in the 4th Infantry Division as an army combat medic.

    From 1974-1984, Eric taught English and social studies in the Helena public schools. From 1984-2000, he served as the last president of the former Montana Education Association (MEA).  When MEA merged with the former Montana Federation of Teachers (MFT) in 2000, Eric was elected the first president of MEA-MFT.

    He has been elected several times since to two-year terms as president. Eric is currently the longest-serving president of any state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA) or American Federation of Teachers (AFT) in the nation.

    In 2006, he was first elected an AFT vice president and serves on the AFT executive council. He has an honorary doctorate from Montana State University Bozeman.

    Today, MEA-MFT represents more than 18,000 professional and classified employees working in public schools, the university system, Head Start, state, and local governments, and private health care all over Montana.