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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  • Bill Whitsitt–Chairman of the Greater Montana Foundation
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 5, 2017

    Bill Whitsitt is a former news director of KRTV in Great Falls, and was the creator and first news director of the Montana Television Network (MTN) news organization.

    As vice chairman of the Greater Montana Foundation, Bill believes strongly in the value of radio and television news and public affairs programming. He has a special interest in promoting more such programming by commercial broadcasters, and in encouraging excellence in all on-air productions.

    Bill has a doctor of philosophy degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy formulation dynamics from the George Washington University where he also taught graduate level courses in public policy and federal institutions.

    Until his retirment in 2013,  Dr. Whitsitt was Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Devon Energy Corporation of Oklahoma City, one of the largest US independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies.  He and his wife, Kristy,  have now returned to Montana, living in Bigfork.

    Before joining Devon Energy he was president of the American Exploration & Production Council (AXPC), the national trade association representing 25 of the largest US independents.

    Previous positions included Director, Government Affairs, for one of the world’s largest law firms. Dr. Whitsitt was also Vice President of worldwide Marketing and Public Affairs for US independent Oryx Energy Company that became part of Kerr-McGee and then Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. Before Oryx Energy (then Sun Exploration and Production) became independent, Bill was Director of Legislative Affairs for the parent Sun Company. He has also been chief of staff to a US Senator and a legislative assistant in the Senate and House of Representatives.

    Prior to his government service, Dr. Whitsitt formed and directed the Montana Television Network news organization and was a CBS News Fellow at Columbia University. Bill has active policy and communications roles in a number of energy-focused organizations such as America’s Natural Gas Alliance for which he led efforts to initiate its national advertising program. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute.

  • Matt Rosendale–Montana State Auditor & U.S. Senate Candidate
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 7, 2017

    Matt Rosendale, 57, is a rancher, businessman and proven leader. He is the son and brother of U.S. Marines.

    Matt was instrumental in taking a five agent, one office real estate firm and growing it into a four office, 65 agent organization. He was a broker and owner.

    When he is not in Helena doing his work as Montana’s State Auditor, he and his wife Jean live on their family ranch north of Glendive, in Eastern Montana. Matt has spent many long hours mending fences, herding cattle and working the land. After living and working in their tight-knit community for a nearly a decade, Matt was asked by community members to run for the Montana legislature in 2010.

    In 2014, Matt was elected by his colleagues in the State Senate as the Majority Leader. In February of 2016, Matt announced his candidacy to be Montana’s State Auditor (Commissioner of Securities and Insurance). Despite being outspent 4:1, Matt won by nearly 8 points.

    In addition to his responsibilities as Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, the Office of State Auditor is one of the five members of the State Land Board. Matt has been recognized by his colleagues on the Land Board as the expert in land use and management, and has fought tirelessly to improve access to public lands.

    Matt and Jean have three sons, Matthew Jr, Brien and Adam. Matt and Jean are very active in their community, their church and the political process. They have been married for nearly 32 years.

  • Kathie Glass–Independent Candidate For Texas Governor/Steve Daines Montana Senator.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 12, 2017

    Kathie Glass was born in Buford, Georgia. Her father worked for General Motors as an assembly line worker, and her mother was a school secretary.  As the first person in her family to go to college, Kathie worked her way through colleg and law school.Young Kathie Glass

    At the age of 20, Kathie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in English.  She received many academic honors, including Phi Beta Kappa.  At 23, Kathie graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law.

    On 7/7/77, Kathie came to Texas, and she has been a proud Texan ever since. She met Tom Glass, an Aggie and Odessa native, at a Texas Libertarian Party conference in 1981.  They had their first date at a national convention in Denver. Tom and Kathie married and then raised their two children in Houston. Their daughter is a Rice graduate and attorney.  Like his father, their son graduated from Texas A&M with a chemical engineering degree, and works in Houston.  Tom and Kathie have a small ranch in central Texas.

    In 1982, Kathie was the Libertarian Party’s first attorney general nominee on the ballot, receiving over two per cent of the vote. Her performance in the debates received rave review and unprecedented attention for the Party. You can see the video of this debate on Kathie’s You Tube channel.

    Kathie was the Libertarian nominee for governor in 2010.  She ran an active, statewide campaign, getting over two per cent the vote and gaining the Party ballot access for four years. Once again, she excelled in the debates. As the AP said, “Kathie Glass seemed to steal the show.”

    In her 2014 gubernatorial campaign, Kathie traveled 40,000 miles to all 254 counties in Texas in her tour bus.

  • Travis Kavulla–Vice Chair Of The Montana Public Service Commision
    9:00 AM-11:00 AM
    December 13, 2017

    Travis Kavulla is the Vice-Chairman of the Montana Public Service Commission and the immediate past President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute

    Kavulla also serves as co-chairman of the Northern Tier Transmission Group (NTTG) Steering Committee and is a member of the California ISO’s Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) Transitional Committee. Mr. Kavulla previously has led Western state utility regulators’ efforts on the creation of efficient wholesale markets, emissions allowance trading, and the reliability of the bulk electric system.

    Mr. Kavulla received his bachelor’s in History at Harvard University, and holds a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a Gates Scholar.

  • Jeff Laszlo–Board Chair Of The “Western Landowners Alliance”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 14, 2017

    The Western Landowners Alliance advances policies and practices that sustain
    working lands, connected landscapes, and native species.

    Jeff Laszlo is a fourth-generation owner of the Granger Ranches in Montana’s Madison Valley. He lives in Montana full-time, where he manages the 13,000-acre traditional cattle ranch. Jeff’s efforts to restore a 6,000-acre wetland complex on the property earned him the Environmental Law Institute’s National Wetlands Award for Landowner Steward in 2010.



  • United States Congressman–Greg Gianforte
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 15, 2017

    I fell in love with Montana nearly 40 years ago when I first came to Montana on a school trip. I’m thankful to have built a life, started a small business, and raised a family in this state. That’s why I’m running for Congress – to serve the state that I love and ensure that Montana’s voice is always heard.

    It was in Bozeman, Montana where Susan and I raised all four of our children. And it was in the same house where we started a small company called RightNow Technologies, which grew to over 1,100 employees with an average Montana salary near $90,000 a year.

  • Auty Pruitt–Author of “Planes, Steak, & Water, Defending Donald Trump”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 19, 2017

    Elite politicians only offer voters two choices; Big Government, and Bigger Government. America needs another choice: true limited government.  The following outlines the concepts and legislation supported by Autry. This document maybe updated as new information becomes available.
    Whether spending time with your family, worshiping God, or running your business, how you spend your time is up to you.  You are only limited by your imaginations and one small caveat— you cannot harm others.”
    The purpose of the U.S. Constitution, as written, is to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Politicians and the courts regularly abandon principles found in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this must stop.
  • Montana Child Protection Alliance–Rep. Jeremy Trebas HD 25
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 21, 2017

    Scheduled to have 3 of the executive board members on the show: Cleve Loney, Matt Furlong and Jeremy Trebas telling about Montana child Protection Alliance officially becoming a 501C3 non-profit Organization. Jeremy being a state legislator will explain the new law that went into effect on October 1st, where state legislators can get involved with their constituent’s.

  • Jacqueline Elm–Grandfamilies of Montana
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 26, 2017

    For most grandparents, seeing a newborn grandchild in a hospital nursery is a moment of pride. For Jacqueline Elm, it was the start to the realization that her daughter was addicted to drugs.

    Though Jacqueline and her husband Steve didn’t realize it at the time, they were about to trade retirement to become caretakers again.

    Jacqueline watched her grandson squirm within the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

    “He wasn’t crying like a baby would,” she said. “He was gasping for air.”

    Later, Jacqueline’s daughter would tell her about the drugs she had taken leading up to, and throughout, her pregnancy.

    Over the next 18 years, their daughter gave birth to five more babies. Of the six children, three experienced drug withdrawals at birth, Steve said.

    “There are three grandkids that we feel we’ve raised,” he said. “Before, we were both retired, minding our own business — we didn’t have any appreciation for the court system and how difficult the experience is.”

    Steve said that he and his wife had to learn how to legally and emotionally care for a child’s baby.

    As a result of their experience, the duo founded Grandfamilies of Montana, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education and support for people who are serving as caregivers.

    Jacqueline defined a “Grandfamily” as the aunts, uncles, moms, dads, step-parents and grandparents working together to raise children.

    “We’re the return of the Waltons,” she said. “In our case, it’s grandparents raising grandkids. It’s advocating for the entire family to work together, through financial issues, addictions or whatever else, to raise their children in the best way possible.”

    THE FIRST thing visitors see when they walk in the entryway of the Elms’ home is an easel supporting the Grandfamilies of Montana’s description. Scattered around the poster, on the walls and in each following room, are family photos of the Elms’ five children and 22 grandchildren.

    Jacqueline said they incorporated the Grandfamilies of Montana in October, “But we’ve lived it for a long time.”

    “A grandfamily can be beautiful,” she said. “But it’s hard. Somedays we didn’t know how we would do it.”

    Every third Friday of the month, Jacqueline and Steve meet with other kinship caretakers in the valley at the Nurturing Center in the Carriage House at 7 p.m.

    Jacqueline said the support group is a chance for families to share the roadblocks they’ve faced in working together to raise children. She said by talking with other families who have similar experiences, she and Steve recognized the need to create a network of support for kinship caretakers.

    “That could include creating a pool of last-minute good babysitters or even a list of good lawyers who specialize in kinship care cases,” she said.

    The nonprofit is also raising funds to support families that are struggling to care for additional children.

    Steve said along with building resources, Grandfamilies hopes to be a place where people can share tips from what they’ve learned.

    “Like being a grandpa learning to live with a baby again or the legal stuff,” he said. “Like, what to do so that you can take the kid to the doctor? How do you take the kid to school?”

    Jacqueline is also working toward wrapping up degrees in drug addiction counseling and social work.

    She said she hopes to weave counseling services into the program to support families learning how to function through turmoil — for caretakers or parents fighting to stay sober.