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.

< 2019 >
  • Changes to Border Hours of Operation
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 2, 2019

    Jessica Shackelford, Sheridan County Commissioner, speaking on the proposed changes to hours of operation at the Port of Raymond and other Ports of Entry in North Eastern MT.

    Also lots of interesting comments coming from some of the Montana Republican House Leadership.
    Both Republican Majority Leader Brad Tchida and Derek Skees comment on Republicans voting with the Democrats. Most recently with Medicaid expansion. There seems to be 20 to 30 Republicans willing to switch sides at a drop of the hat.

  • Human Trafficking in Montana is Real and the Numbers are Staggering
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 10, 2019

    The Montana Office of Public Defender estimates that there are at least 15 active sex trafficking operations in Montana right now.  In one year, Billings FBI documented close to 20,000 online ads for sex with girls or women, most of the ads involved local massage parlors. The agent also found thousands of similar ads across the state.

    Council woman Penny Ronning and Stephanie Baucus who created the Yellowstone Human Trafficking Taskforce have been working with Senator MacDonald and Representative Zolnikov on two important pieces of Legislation HB749 and SB147.

    SB147 aids in stopping Human Trafficking by creating harsher penalties for traffickers while protecting victims.

    HB749 Requires massage businesses to display on the premises the license of each massage therapist working at the business and appropriates money to fund a two-officer enforcement team in the MT Department of Justice.

  • Congressman Gianforte, Senator Daines, and Eric Sommer with USDA NASS
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 12, 2019

    Congressman Greg Gianforte will kick off the show and talk about Montana Ports of Entry and current legislation he is working on.
    Senator Steve Daines will join us to discuss what he is doing to help 90% of the businesses in the State.
    Eric Sommer State Statistician with the USDA Montana Field office for National Agricultural Statistics Service. We will talk to Eric about something that only happens every 5 years and that is the Census of Agriculture


  • Learn from Montanan Ranchers Providing Nutritious Food “Grain by Grain”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 15, 2019

    Americans have never been more conscious of the quality of the food they consume.  Two Montana natives are at the forefront of the movement to healthy nutritious food.

    • Bob Quinn, long-time dry-land organic farmer from Big Sandy is on a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food.
    • Liz Carlisle, from Missoula is the author of the award-winning book “Lentil Underground” that describes the phenomenal story of pulse crop expansion on the northern plains.

    Both will be in our VOM studio to launch a multi-city tour for their newest publication, “Grain By Grain”.  Learn how people are eating heathier, and how regenerative agriculture is bringing back rural jobs to our area, by combining time-tested farming practices with modern science.

  • Upcoming Fire Season – from a unique perspective
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 16, 2019

    Billings Flying Service is a second generation company that took root in Billings, Montana in 1983. Since 1997, they have consistently maintained multiple contracts with the United States Forest Service. They will provide their unique perspective on the upcoming fire season and how fire management has changed since they started.

  • “Serenity in the Storm” Award Winning Mental Health Spokesperson and Singer/Songwriter From Montana, Jason DeShaw
    9:00 AM-9:35 AM
    April 17, 2019

    Jason DeShaw is a cowboy, born and raised in Montana. He is a national award-winning speaker and singer/songwriter. He has recorded six albums, toured seven countries, and performed with Little Big Town. Behind the scenes, Jason nearly lost his life to mental illness and addiction, and is living proof that hope is worth believing in. “Serenity in the Storm” is Jason DeShaw’s presentation – A story of hope, set to the soundtrack of his life. His journey to help others has taken him to schools, communities, and psychiatric hospitals across the nation, as well as sharing the merits of compassion with professionals in law enforcement and medicine. He received the Champions Award in Washington D.C. for “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.”
  • FCC Data Overstating Broadband Access in Rural Montana
    9:35 AM-10:00 AM
    April 17, 2019

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for collecting data to measure access to broadband Internet across the country.  These data are used to prioritize funding for areas that have relatively poor access, as well as to help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) identify communities in which to invest additional resources. However, the FCC’s methodology in collecting this data has come under increasing scrutiny and criticized for systematically overestimating how much broadband access truly exists, especially for rural areas.

    Our guest will be Zachary Cikanek who serves as the chief spokesperson for Connect Americans Now (CAN) to talk about the impact of the digital divide and CAN’s efforts to expand access to all of rural America.

  • Jon Bennion, Chief Deputy Attorney General and 2020 Candidate for Attorney General 
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 18, 2019

    Jon Bennion currently serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General and also recently announced his bid Attorney General in 2020. We will talk with Jon about more than his current job title and his desired job title. We will also discuss Super Jack and his take on how the sausage is made in Helena.

    Jon is a native of Billings. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.

  • Beyond Colstrip, What is the Montana Electric Supply Plan
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    April 23, 2019

    We will talk with John D. Hines, NorthWestern Energy Vice President of  Supply and Montana Government Affairs. He is responsible for electric and natural gas planning, procurement and generation operations, the company’s environmental function and Montana’s government affairs.
    John has held his current position since 2011 and has been in the utility industry since 1989.

  • Calves to Cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for kids like Grant
    9:35 AM-10:00 AM
    April 23, 2019-April 24, 2019

    Meet Grant who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was 3. DMD is a genetic disease that destroys muscle, all of them. There is no cure or real treatment for DMD. Boys that are affected by it don’t make it out of their 20’s and are wheelchair bound by their early teens. In this show you will learn about the disease and how a donated cattle benefit research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
    Sellers can bring in a calf, yearling, cow etc. and donate either all of their check for that animal, a set dollar amount or a percentage of the sale price. All donations are tax deductible.

  • Legislative Update: The Infrastructure Bonding Bill and Medicaid Expansion
    9:00 AM-9:35 AM
    April 24, 2019

    Legislative Update:

    We will speak with Representative Mike Hopkins about the Infrastructure Bonding Bill. The $80 Million bill is heading to Governor Bullock and will assist in paying for things like the renovation of Romney Hall on MSU’s Campus and a State History Museum in Helena.

    We will also speak with Representative Ed Buttrey about the Medicaid Expansion bill that passed out of the legislature and is heading to the Governor’s desk, includes work requirements and has a 6 year expiration date but it also comes with a hefty price tag.