Stan Stephens, co-owner of KOJM in Havre, helped define for all Montana broadcasters the impact a radio station has on its community. From 1953 to 1985, with partner Lyle Leeds, Stephens guided KOJM to a policy of local fund-raisers and free air time for citizens to speak on key issues.
Stephens developed the art of the radio editorial, winning RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow award in 1975 for exposing a workmen’s compensation scandal.
Stephens served as Governor of Montana from 1989-93.
Of the non-revenue aspect of public service broadcasting, Stephens said, “You cash it in within yourself, with the pride of what you’re doing and the recognition that it’s worthwhile and important.”
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