By Bonnie Davidson
The Courier 

Voices Of Glasgow

Aaron Flint Brings His Radio Show To Town


Bonnie Davidson / The Courier

Radio host Aaron Flint, left, gets ready to interview Skip Erickson about the World Wildlife Exhibit and the Northeastern Montana Children's Museum in Glagow. Flint was impressed by the animals at the exhibit and brought it up during his live one hour broadcast of Voice of Montana at FES.

Glasgow gets a voice. Radio broadcaster Aaron Flint paid a visit to Glasgow and broadcast live from Farm Equipment Sales. He interviewed whoever he could get on air during the hour long broadcast and still wasn't able to fit in everyone around to chat on the show "Voices of Montana," the only radio show broadcast statewide. There was a lot to talk about and obviously a lot going on in Glasgow and the area.

Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier was the first up on the show. Flint asked about crimes in the area and the jail. Meier also discussed briefly the suspicious vehicle that turned up drugs in Nashua on Wednesday last week.

But a lot of the focus of the show was some talk about the World Wildlife Exhibit at the Children's Museum of Northeastern Montana. Flint visited the museum the night before and was impressed by the animals on display for viewing. He asked Skip Erickson and Sam Knodel about the animals on display and how the museum came to be.

Flint also discussed a few things with photographer Sean Heavey and his new photo gallery, and local editor and author Andrew McKean on the release of his new book. McKean talked a little bit about his new book, but also brought up that being here was his choice. McKean also spoke a little bit about the exhibit at the children's museum.

VFW State Commander Art Widhalm and Tom Markle also got a few minutes to talk about the Northeastern Montana Veterans Memorial getting ready to be built in Fort Peck.

"This one of the most important things we've taken on in Northeastern Montana," Widhalm said on air.

Markle added that it would fill the void of a missing memorial in this corner of the state and Widhalm added that most of the funds raised came from local donations from individuals and some local businesses. They promoted the wall tiles that they were selling for the "Wall of Honor." The sale of those tiles will help raise remaining funds and later on will help with maintenance.

Tanja Fransen called into the show to discuss a few things about the weather locally. She explained that while the weather has extremes up here, there were several record breaking high temperatures recently.

Betty Stone and Lisa Olk had a few minutes to discuss some of the things going on locally. Stone talked about the Two Rivers Economic Growth working on downtown revitalization and said that tourism was up 6 percent last year. She said that the organization has been working on placing banners in the downtown area and has also been working with BNSF to work on cleaning up the train depot. She also mentioned the collaborative effort to get more camping spots along the Fort Peck area with several signatures on a petition heading towards the Army Corps of Engineers. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Olk brought up the upcoming Blues and Brews celebrating their 10th anniversary this year.

FES owner Sarah Partridge got a few minutes to wrap it up at the end to discuss some of the things she's been involved with for the Montana Retail Association. She explained the program Round it Up Montana to the audience that would help support No Kid Hungry and ProStart.

Flint said afterwards that he might thinking about coming back to broadcast from Glasgow again. Flint himself has ties to Glasgow, as his grandmother Joan Helland, his grandfather and great-grandfather all have had close ties to The Glasgow Courier. He said in an interview last year with The Courier that he remembers stuffing papers as a child here and that once the ink gets in your blood it never leaves. He stated that was a big part of why he was interested in working in the media and journalism.


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