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Urban legend has it that two public radio lovers mounted a portable transmitter atop Mount Helena in 1984 and began broadcasting Montana Public Radio reruns to Helena for the very first time.

Since that auspicious day, more transmitters have been added – so Helena is one of the few communities in the country to receive broadcasts from three different public radio stations – Montana Public Radio’s KUFM in Missoula, Yellowstone Public Radio KEMC in Billings and Bozeman’s Alternative Public Radio. KGLT station.

The result is a huge number of listening choices for all sorts of tastes in music, news, public affairs, as well as an array of shows on arts, culture, food, science , technology, business, literature, media, storytelling and children’s programming.

Another LCPR milestone is on the horizon – a community recording and podcasting studio – and the folks at Helena can help make it happen.

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Jimi and Joey of KGLT DJ in the studio on campus at Montana State University.

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Saturday, August 13, from 4-8 p.m., will be the Last Chance Public Radio Party at Blackfoot River Brewing, 66 S. Park Ave.

Hosted by Friends of KGLT and Blackfoot River Brewing Company, the block party will be LCPR’s first live fundraiser since the COVID-19 hit.

This will help LCPR and the Holter Museum of Art launch their own fully equipped recording studio, which they plan to house at Holter, pending final board approval.

Several KGLT DJ wagons come over for the block party to help celebrate.

Ellen King-Rodgers, president of Friends of KGLT and former station manager, cooked up the block party with a few DJs and help from Bethany Flint, co-director of Blackfoot.

Flint and King-Rodgers are planning a street party with music from classic rock band The Stand-Ins, food from SouthPaw Street, Taste Food Truck and Brooklyn Pizza plus plenty of Blackfoot craft beers on tap.

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The Last Chance Public Radio Block Party will feature music from classic rock band The Stand-Ins, food from SouthPaw Street, Taste Food Truck and Brooklyn Pizza as well as plenty of Blackfoot craft beers on tap.

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“The DJs – before COVID, all jumped in cars and raced over there and saw everyone, and the DJs met the listeners, King-Rodgers said. “Everyone was having such a good time together that no one wanted to go home.

“This year we talked about doing something – it would be fun to have a celebration because we haven’t all celebrated in a long time.”

All money raised at the event will go to the broadcast studio and LCPR, she said.

Since KGLT and the other stations do “non-commercial educational radio”, they rely on supporters like LCPR, listeners and subscribers for financial support as well as grants.

“Coming to Helena has always been a warm, receptive and happy experience for all of us,” King-Rodgers said. “Last Chance Public Radio is a great group of people. Helena is super lucky “to have shows from three different stations.”

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LCPR President Paul Driscoll, right, and LCPR Vice President Jules Schoebel talk about the upcoming block party last week at the Holter Museum of Art.

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The new recording studio could be operational this fall, said Jules Schoebel, LCPR vice president and event/volunteer coordinator and store manager at the Holter Museum.

She and other LCPR board members began researching the equipment they would need about five years ago, but COVID derailed their plans.

“We have reached out to all three public radio stations,” said LCPR President Paul Driscoll, “and we have a very good buy-in.”

Now their plans are back on track. Schoebel and Driscoll would like to order the equipment this month and estimate the cost at around $23,000.

They plan to create a fully equipped and functioning recording studio that will be ideal for recording musicians, podcasts, interviews and “Live from the Holter” events, including artist talks and performances, a-t she declared.

Additionally, the equipment will be portable, so it can be rented to local nonprofits, which opens up many more creative options for podcasts and live recordings.

“We’re getting a lot of excitement about it,” Schoebel said. They will be able to share podcasts and recordings of programs with public radio stations, but also broadcast them online.

“I would love to do live streaming in the future.” “It’s a perfect little marriage,” she added, between LCPR and Holter.

“I think it’s a lot. I think we’re going to do it,” Holter chief executive Chris Riccardo said, although he cautioned that formal approval from Holter’s board was still needed.

“I think it will be a great addition. I think it’s a real working partnership.

“I strongly believe in it. It’s a win-win for all of us.

For more information on the block party, visit [email protected] and to help with the studio, contact [email protected]

For more information on the Holter Museum of Art, visit

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