Stan Whitman

Stan Whitman began his broadcast career in 1970 as a sportscaster at KFBB-TV in Great Falls. Over the next 18 years he worked his way up through the ranks serving as sports anchor, production manager, traffic manager, account executive, sales manager, and finally VP and General Manager. In 1988 he left to manage KTWO-TV in Casper, WY. One year later he returned as President / COO of Dix Television with responsibility for stations in Billings, Great Falls, Casper, WY and Austin-Rochester, MN. He retired in 2004 as Vice President and General Manager of KULR TV in Billings. Stan served on the boards of directors of both the Great Falls and Billings Chambers of Commerce. As a member of the Military Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in securing the tanker wing at Malmstrom AFB. He also served on the board of United Way and is a Past President of the Montana Broadcasters Association. Stan is a graduate of Iowa State University and Ellsworth Junior College (Iowa) where he was an All-American football player. Stan served in the U.S. Navy. As one of Stan’s former employees said, “He had the gift to create a real family atmosphere in the midst of a very corporate...

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Lonnie Bell

Lonnie Bell got his first taste of radio when his band performed on Honolulu station KAHU while serving in the U.S. Navy. He later became a DJ at that station and several others while fulfilling his military service. After completing his tour of duty, Lonnie moved to western Washington and continued to play music and work in radio. While there, he hired an unknown singer to perform with his band. That singer was Loretta Lynn, one of many future country stars that Lonnie introduced and promoted over the years.  Lonnie has been a continuous fixture in Billings since 1969, first at KOYN AM, and in recent years at KGHL AM. In addition to his on-air duties, Lonnie founded the Montana March of Dimes Horseback Ride which he continues to be the spokesman for. He has also donated countless hours to other local charities. In March of 2005 Lonnie Bell was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in Nashville as well as the Montana Broadcasters Hall of...

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Glenn George Ostrom

Glenn George Ostrom has been a fixture in the Flathead Valley since joining the announcing staff at KOFI-AM in 1956, just months after the station signed on the air. At various times during his career George covered the news, hosted public affairs programs, did play-by-play and was, for a time, co-owner of the station and general manager. After selling the station he remained as news director. George has also owned a weekly newspaper in the valley and hosted a television program on KCFW-TV. He is the author of three books, writes a weekly column for the local paper and continues to lead hikes with the “Over-the-Hill Gang” in Glacier Park and the surrounding area. Mr. Ostrom served in the U.S. Army and worked as a Smoke Jumper before entering broadcasting. He has served on countless boards including the Red Cross, ALERT, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and, for more than twenty years, The University of Montana President’s Advisory...

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Conrad Burns

Conrad Burns began his broadcast career in 1968 reporting on agricultural market news for Montana radio and television stations. In 1975 he established the Northern AG Network, beginning with four stations and growing to 31 by the time he sold it to enter the political arena.  In 1979 Conrad and Dale Fairlee build Laurel’s first radio station. Burns began his political career in 1986, winning a seat on the Yellowstone County Commission. In 1988 he became only the second Montana Republican to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. During his 18-year tenure in the Senate, Conrad championed small market broadcasters and rural telecommunications issues while serving on the Commerce Committee. He is a co-author of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. He also served on the Appropriations Committee and the Interior Committee. Burns served in the Marine Corps. He and his wife Phyllis have two children and reside in...

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E.D. “Bob” Merrill

E.D. “Bob” Merrill began his broadcast career in 1953 as a weekend disc jockey in Yuba City, CA while stationed at Beal Air Force Base. Following the service, he moved to Great Falls where he worked in sales at KFBB-TV. In 1964 he was named manager of KFBB radio and in 1966 became the manager of KFBB-TV. In 1967 Bob was transferred and named V.P. and General Manager of KTWO in Casper, WY. At KTWO he created the first Wyoming Capitol News Bureau and served as President of the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. Bob transferred back to Montana in 1974 and served as the V.P. and General Manager of KULR-TV for the next fourteen years. In addition to serving as the President of the Montana Broadcasters Association, Bob also served as the Finance Chairman of St. Vincent Hospital, was a founding member of Forward Billings, originated the Phone-A-Friend program for latch-key kids in Billings and was a member of Montana’s trade mission to Japan and...

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