Brent Musburger

He has been called one of the most recognized and prominent voices in the history of sports television. Brent Musburger is host and play-by-play commentator for multiple sports across ESPN and the SEC Networks and has had a distinguished career with CBS, ABC and ESPN, covering both professional and collegiate sports. Brent attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism before joining the now defunct Chicago American newspaper, but his broadcast career began in 1968 as sports director at WBBM-TV in Chicago.  He then moved to Los Angeles as co-anchor of the nightly news at KNXT-TV. Moving to CBS Sports in 1973, Musburger anchored virtually every top sporting event covered by that network during his career, spending 15 years as CBS Sports primary host and play-by-play commentator; working on The NFL Today, the NCAA Final Four, U.S. Open Tennis as well as the NBA and the Masters. In May 1990, Musburger joined ABC Sports. His ABC/ESPN Bio says “Musburger has hosted and/or called play-by-play for the NBA, college football and basketball, golf, IRL races and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.  He also hosted Super Bowl XXV’s pre-game and half-time shows as well as the 1991 Pan Am Games from Cuba. From 2006 to 2013 Musburger voiced Saturday Night Football on ABC, the first and only weekly prime time college football series on broadcast television when it originated (2006). Musburger also hosted NASCAR Nextel Cup races on ESPN and ABC. Beginning in October 1992, Musburger also broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He was the original host of daily ESPN SportsBeat segments of news, interviews and commentaries, which premiered in January 1993, and has called NBA play-by-play, including The NBA Finals.” His honors include the 2011 National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football Award, as well as being named to the 2011 National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame as well as the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Brent now primarily works college football and basketball game telecasts, as well as the SEC Network starting in 2014; and on ESPN’s Big 12 Big Monday college basketball games since the 2009-10 season.  He previously called the Little League World Series from 2000-2011. Brent Musburger’s connection to Montana is strong. Brent was born in Portland, Ore., but his family moved to Billings in 1941 when he was two. Musburger attended elementary and middle school in Billings before spending his high school years in Minnesota. As a young boy, he spent summers selling Billings Mustang’s programs and concessions in the stands at the old Cobb Field. Brent has been quoted as saying “This is where the great love of sports began… right here in Billings.” Musburger and wife...

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Fred Pfeiffer

Fred Pfeiffer was born late on a Sunday night, June 13, 1948 at 11:16 pm.  He doesn’t remember what the weather was like that evening, but historical records show it was well into the 80’s that day so it had to be a warm night and it was overcast as well. What a great start for someone who would become Mr. Weather for a large part of Montana. As he entered his teen years his voice became deeper, and that voice won the honors as co-host of the  “Rustler Roundup” weekly school show on the popular KUDI rock and roll radio station in Great Falls. He took turns with the co-host, gathering song requests over the telephone and reporting on school news. It wasn’t long before he talked the DJ’s into letting him cue the records, turning the microphone on and off and eventually running the entire show. From that moment Fred knew this was his calling. Following a short tour in the Navy and Vietnam, Fred returned to Great Falls working to save money to enter MSU in Bozeman, Montana. Quickly running out of money, he worked for KBMN Radio for part-time income and before long was offered a full time job as morning announcer. After a year in Bozeman he found a job in Great Falls working for KARR-AM and KOPR-FM as morning announcer, also doing some sports broadcasting for extra money broadcasting Great Falls Giants Pioneer league baseball games and other high school sports events. Almost four years later, married and with one daughter, Fred and family struck out for greener pastures… KGGF radio in Coffeyville, Kansas, 40 miles north of Tulsa…a station that covered parts of four states. Roots were set up there for about a dozen years. But the Rocky Mountains were calling and Fred then took a job with K99 radio in Great Falls working on the air in the morning and selling radio in the afternoons. In 1982, He was hired at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper, Wyoming doing morning radio news. The catch was he also had to do television news and weather as well. He told management if they thought he had a face for television he would take the job. That lasted six years. After a short break working security in Las Vegas, it was back to Montana. A year of farming also helped him understand weather  and just how important it is to the Ag community Finally his dream job opened up! Part time noon weather at KRTV, which quickly turned to full time. His job was to begin the new CBS Morning Show that was coming. A short time later he moved to prime-time weather and news...

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Donna Kelley

Donna Kelley was born in Havre and grew up in Bozeman. She’s worked in radio in sales, production and on air – in Bozeman, Idaho and Washington State. Her television career started at KTVG (now KTVH) in Helena, Montana and took her to Spokane and to CNN. Kelley was based at CNN headquarters in Atlanta covering national and world events as an anchor for 16 years – with some of the latter years out of New York. She has two boys who are fourth generation born in Montana. She’s been a part of award winning coverage on numerous stories, and has an Emmy for her anchoring during the Olympic Park Bombing. She was nominated twice, and a winner of a cable Ace Award as best anchor on...

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Dave Rye

Dave Rye began his broadcast career in 1966 at KYLT Radio in Missoula, while he was still a college student. Other radio stops prior to his television career included KLTZ in Glasgow, and KKGF, KUDI AND KEIN in Great Falls. His duties evolved from disk jockey to talk show host to news reporter. He began in television in the news department at KFBB-TV in Great Falls, where he worked from 1974 to 1978, eventually becoming News Director. Between two of the Great Falls assignments, Dave spent a brief time at KGRC-FM in Hannibal, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois. It took only four months living outside Montana for Dave to realize he was a dyed-in-the-wool Montanan. Dave moved on to Billings as News Director and news anchor at KULR-8 TV from 1980 to 1990, and again from 1993-2000. He filled the gap between the two separate stints at KULR-8 by serving in the Montana state Senate, to which he was elected in 1990. He closed out his career as News Director for the Northern Broadcasting System, headquartered in Billings, from 2001 until he thought he was retiring in 2006. In 2008, the NBS management talked him into coming out of retirement to host its statewide talk show, “Voices of Montana,” which he did for the next 18 months. Dave won awards from the Montana Broadcaster’s Association for Radio Program of the Year in 1972, and for TV Announcer of the Year in both 1984 and 1986. Between the Great Falls and Billings experiences, he served on the Washington, D.C. staff of then-Congressman Ron Marlenee as press secretary and speechwriter, but always with the intention of returning permanently to Montana. The 1980 job offer from KULR-8 gave him that opportunity. Dave was born in Virginia and spent his early years in Iowa, but moved to Billings with his family at the age of 8. He is a graduate of Billings Senior High School and has a B.A. degree in English from the University of Montana. He served two years on active duty in the U.S. Army. That service included 14 months in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action by enemy mortar fire. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal, and was named his Battalion’s Soldier of the Month. Later he served five years with the Army Reserve unit in Great Falls, and was named the unit’s Soldier of the Year. He and his wife Gay, a Billings native, were married in 1971. They have a grown son and two grandchildren. Dave is a past President and still an active member of the Billings Kiwanis Club. He has served on numerous boards of civic and non-profit local groups...

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Gene Peterson

Gene Peterson grew up in Culbertson, Montana, and attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis. In January, 1961, his first job, in a fifty year broadcast career, was as a staff announcer at KFBB Radio-Television. In the fall of 1962, he moved to Missoula and never left. Working first at KGVO and then owning KYLT and Z100. Gene and partner, W.L. (Bill) Holter bought KBLL AM-FM from Governor Tim Babcock, and KPRK in Livingston. After selling KYLT, he was part of the first staff of KTMF TV. Getting back into radio in 1995, he was the market manager for Marathon Media and continued after they sold to Clear Channel Communications and became part of their 1200 stations. Gene has served as President of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, St. Patrick Hospital Advisory Board, University of Montana President’s Council, and President of the Montana Broadcasters. He has been honored as Businessman of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Jaycee Distinguished Service Award, and Hugh O’Brien Lifetime Achievement” His wife, Rose, and daughters, Pamela and Kimberlee, were all involved in the family operation of the radio...

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Art Taft

Art Taft grew up on a farm in the shadows of Montana’s Sweetgrass Hills in North Toole County. Art developed an interest in radio while in High School, helping legendary KSEN radio broadcast personality Bob Norris, broadcast sporting events, learning from the masters at KSEN, and spinning a few records as a teen DJ. After graduation from North Toole County High School in Sunburst in 1966, he joined the U.S Navy where he became a Radio-Television Journalist. Art Taft served 4 years with American Forces Radio and Television enjoying duty stations aboard the USS TOPEKA in California, Florida, and the Mediterranean. Completing sea duty, Taft served two years with the American Forces Caribbean Network in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While serving in San Juan, Taft worked some nights and most week-ends for WQBS-FM, an English speaking broadcast station. Upon the advice of Bob Norris, Art went to Brown Institute for Radio & TV Broadcasting in Minneapolis to obtain his FCC First Class Operators endorsement. The First Class “ticket” was a requirement to work at small market radio stations where on air talent switched signal patterns or powered up transmitters. Taft spent many years in radio as a newscaster, entertainment personality and sales. Stations: KWAL-AM, Wallace, ID. KGMY-AM, Missoula, MT, KGVO-AM, Missoula. KXXL-Radio Bozeman, KBRD-FM and KTAC, Seattle/Tacoma. While working at KGVO radio, the Creative Services Director for KGVO-TV hired Art to write TV commercials. After two years, Art was fired from the position for giving sales scheduling ideas to a client, and re-hired as a KGVO-TV Sales person. Taft has worked at: KGVO-TV which became KECI-TV, Missoula KYUS-TV Miles City, KTVM-TV Bozeman, KPAX-TV, Missoula, KAJ-TV, Kalispell, KRTV, Great Falls. Taft earned a degree in Marketing and Management in Missoula and finished his course work for Public Relations in Bozeman. After a long career in media and broadcasting, Taft retired from KRTV in 2014 and now works on behalf of clients through his consulting...

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