MTPR broadcasts Music Day from public radio on November 10


Public music radios play a vital role in the music industry, connecting artists to new audiences and helping listeners discover new music. To celebrate this role, Montana Public Radio participates in Public Radio Music Day, presented by the noncomMUSIC Alliance on November 10.

MTPR will offer local music programs throughout the day. Highlights include a special Freeforms program with music and commentary from a number of hosts at 11 a.m., live music with the University of Montana Chamber Choir from UM Recital Hall at 2 p.m. 06, and a special webinar where listeners can meet the hosts at 7:00 p.m. More information is available at

“Local public radio stations like MTPR play an essential and almost singular role in strengthening and sustaining the vitality of music and artists, as well as in educating and enriching their communities,” said the MTPR Program Director, Michael Marsolek. “Listeners discover, learn and enjoy selections of music, artists and genres that are – in many cases – available only on public radio.”

In the United States, 734 public radio stations feature music as a major or significant part of their formats serving all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, in markets of all sizes. Collectively, they reach 20.5 million listeners per week.

Non-commercial (public radio) music stations feature a large collection of sounds and styles, including Jazz, Blues, Americana, Classical, Folk, Alternative, Indie Rock, Bluegrass, Roots and other eclectic genres. Indeed, 97% of classical music played on American radio comes from local public radio stations.

Public radio stations tailor their content and programming to their communities. They reflect regional tastes and talents and provide airtime to artists and genres that receive little or no coverage on mainstream channels. Public music radio stations reach audiences on multiple platforms – on air, online, on video, on stage and on the go. From broadcast to podcast, video to live sessions, they meet listeners wherever they are.

A recent non-comMUSIC Alliance survey of 87 music-format partner public radio stations (serving nearly nine million listeners) shows that a majority of these local stations offer a single portal for music discovery and make music. more accessible with:

• Competent local hosts and expert curation

• Special music programs to explore essential and emerging music and artists

• Live musical performances in studio and in communities

• Music journalism, local news and information

• Educational programs and cultural initiatives

Together, these initiatives foster community among music lovers, support local artists and the local music scene, and develop the next generation of musicians and audiences.

Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and broadcasts locally on 89.5 Polson (KPJH), 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL), 90.5 Libby (KUFL), 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN) and 101.3 Swan Lake. Learn more at


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