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University of Montana Journalism

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We are learning radio over here at the University of Montana School of Journalism and doing some fabulous, creative pieces we hope will air.

All of these features are produced by radio students in the Advanced Audio and Intermediate Audio classes at UM taught by former-WNYC and still-sometimes-independent producer Jule Gardner Banville.

Pieces

Caption: Miranda Kirk, right., Credit: Nora Saks
“If you have somebody in your corner, that makes any kind of pain just a little mole hill instead of a mountain.” Miranda Kirk co-founded the Aanii...

  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 03:06
Caption: Jessica Hofer, Credit: courtesy Rocky Mountain Treatment Center
Before she started running the horse therapy program at Rocky Mountain Treatment Center in Great Falls, MT, Jessica Hofer was an addict. For her, s...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 02:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sheriff Don Bell of Lake County, Credit: Corey Hockett
"Ninety percent of the time, they stored the meth lab in the baby's room." Sheriff Don Bell of Lake County, Montana, has seen enough as part of his...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 02:41
  • Purchases: 1
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"With having a child on drugs, especially meth, you have no control as a parent." This dad from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana has watched his da...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tracy Hellem, Credit: Cal Reynolds
"We're kind of in a place where our hands are tied." Tracy Hellem, an assistant professor of nursing in Montana, is among a select few who've tried...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 03:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Rob grew up in Billings, Montana, as part of a family involved in trafficking meth and other drugs from Mexico. He started doing meth when he was 1...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 03:28
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Judge John Larson, Credit: Cal Reynolds
John Larson, a district court judge for Missoula and Mineral counties, established Montana's first juvenile drug treatment court in 1996. It combin...

Bought by KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm and WYAP


  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 2
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In the second episode of a podcast produced by the advanced audio class at the University of Montana School of Journalism: three deeply human stori...

  • Added: May 06, 2016
  • Length: 16:57
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In the pilot episode of Rest Stop Radio: stories from Donnie who ran drugs, Blake who misses his kids and his ex-wife and Benjamin who had a life-c...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2016
  • Length: 21:26
Caption: Mark Thomsen, the epitome of happy
Producer Cole Grant worked at Worden's Market, a downtown convenience store with a killer wine selection in Missoula, Montana. It was monotonous an...

Bought by KRZA


  • Added: Jan 22, 2016
  • Length: 05:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Junebug holotypes from Mike Ivie's entomology lab at Montana State University. When Ivie retires, his personal collection will be donated to the Smithsonian.
Until recently, bug specimens collected on federal land had to be returned as government property, even if they're dead and pulverized. The rules a...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 06:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cami Cote
Producer Kali Beeson's feature features a woman whose first yoga experience involved chanting. She went home and told her husband it was weird. Now...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2015
  • Length: 03:26
Caption: Nate Bradley playing at an event for rookie football players, Credit: Todd Goodrich
Here's a story that proves gushing affection for grandmas is universal. Producer Keiko Sagami's sound-rich piece features University of Montana def...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and WAMC


  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 03:09
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: This will make sense eventually
Producer Emily Proctor starts this story with a couple of college roommates who have a musical code to warn each other for when they plan to have s...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 04:43
Caption: The New Wave Time Trippers rocking white Levis., Credit: Nicky Ouellet
The New Wave Time Trippers are not your typical '80s cover band. For one, they're good. For another, they're dominating a little town so far north,...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Concert pianist Michael Zarling competed at the same every-other-year competition in Bozeman, Montana, for 18 years, earning second every time. Thi...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 03:26
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Jonathan Rodgers of Spokane served with the Marines from 2008 to 2012. In Iraq, bombs were hidden under bowls and would go off when someone stepped...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 02:48
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Producer Eric Lamb's story starts, "My friend always tells me this story about the day he broke his brain on acid." At the time, a guy we'll call R...

  • Added: Mar 05, 2015
  • Length: 04:17
Caption: Bob Athearn
Bob Athearn's a cat who's played a lot of joints -- joints you wouldn't take your best girl to. But the best of what this journeyman musician has t...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 04:40
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Funch and Cheri
Producer Cheri Trusler's grandparents had a lot of cows to sell right around the time cattle prices in Montana were at their highest. That windfall...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 04:45