KGVO "Montana Looks to the Future" Radio Program Records and Audio Recordings, 1963-1967  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
KGVO (Radio Station: Missoula, Mont.)
Title
KGVO "Montana Looks to the Future" Radio Program Records and Audio Recordings
Dates
1963-1967 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 390 (collection)
Summary
This collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence that details the formation and actions of the "Montana Looks to the Future" radio program from July 1963 to October 1967, and related audio programs. The program aired on KGVO out of Missoula, Montana.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The "Montana Looks to the Future" radio show, which aired on the KGVO radio station, was one of the first in Montana to present a liberal viewpoint on state and national issues. The show, first broadcast in February 1964, attempted to balance the right-wing, religious ideas expressed on radio shows throughout the state, like Dr. Carl McIntyre's "Twentieth Century Reformation Hour," "Life Line" and the "Manion Forum." The Missoula Public Affairs Council, which was created to inform the community on controversial issues, teamed up with the Missoula County Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO, to sponsor the weekly 15-minute broadcasts on KGVO 1290 in Missoula. "Montana Looks to the Future" paid for its radio time after many failed attempts by the state AFL-CIO to receive free airtime on the basis of the Federal Communication Commission's "Fairness Doctrine." The doctrine requires broadcasters to cover controversial issues in their community by presenting more than one side of an issue.

Throughout its forty-one weeks of programming, "Montana Looks to the Future" covered a variety of topics, including the radical right, civil rights, pollution and the environment, religion, Indian rights, unemployment and education. The creators also helped air a two-part series called "Birchism in the Bitterroot," which raised awareness of the ultra-conservative John Birch Society, which was spreading anti-communist propaganda throughout the area at that time. After the general election in November 1964, the program ended.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection includes incoming and outgoing correspondence that details the formation and actions of the "Montana Looks to the Future" radio program from July 1963 to October 1967. Financial records for the program were kept from December 1963 to October 1967. Also included are notes from the Missoula Public Affairs Council meetings, which detail how the program was run, while local information and telephone lists show who the organization was in contact with. Scripts for several broadcasts show the format of the program. Other miscellaneous information includes a list of interviewees and the topics of their shows. This collection also contains audio of more than 40 broadcasts of the "Montana Looks to the Future" radio program.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

KGVO "Montana Looks to the Future" Radio Program Records and Audio Recordings, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Correspondence and Information Pamphlets , 1963-1967 Return to Top

7 folders

This series includes letters exchanged between program Secretary Emilie Loring and potential interviewees, the program's sponsors, and organizations or people interested in using tapes of the program. In its quest to get free air time, the Montana AFL-CIO exchanged many letters with radio stations throughout the state. Letters from the FCC respond to these requests. One folder contains informative pamphlets, which relate to issues that may have been covered on the program.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence
1963-07-1964-03
1/2
Correspondence
1964-03-1964-04
1/3
Correspondence
1964-04
1/4
Correspondence
1964-04-1964-05
1/5
Correspondence
1964-05-1964-12
1/6
Correspondence
1965-01-1967-10
1/7
Information pamphlets
1962-09-1964-10 and undated

Series II:  Financial , 1963-1967Return to Top

3 folders

This series includes financial records of proposed budgets, financial reports, a listing of Missoula Public Affairs Committee contributions, and a listing of bank deposits, expenses and checks written.

These records are arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/8
Financial reports
1963-1967
1/9
Financial journal
1964-1967
1/10
Check stubs
1964-1967

Series III:  Organization Meeting Notes and Programming Information , 1963-1964Return to Top

4 folders

This series includes Missoula Public Affairs Council Steering Committee meeting notes and related lists, program scripts, local information and lists, and other miscellaneous information.

Committee meeting notes are arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/11
Missoula Public Affairs Council Steering Committee notes and lists
1963-1964
1/12
Program scripts
1964 and undated
1/13
Local information and lists
undated
1/14
Supporting materials
undated

Series IV:  Audio Recordings, 1964 and undatedReturn to Top

1.5 linear feet

This series includes audio recordings on reel-to-reel of the "Montana Looks to the Future" radio program. Recordings 40 through 43 were never aired on KGVO or listed in the original program guide. Audio cassette duplicates created by Archives and Special Collections are part of this series.

Audio recordings are arranged numerically by recording number.
Container(s) Description Dates
box-item
2/OH 070-001
Edward Lashman, AFL-CIO Public Relations Department, Denver, Colorado
Topic: Radical Right in the West
16-Feb-64
2/OH 070-002
Father James Hall, Episcopal Priest, Graduate Student, Montana State University
Topic: Civil Rights
23-Feb-64
2/OH 070-003
Dr. George Weisel, Montana State University Zoology Department
Topic: Water Pollution in Montana
1-Mar-64
2/OH 070-004
Dr. Kenneth Lampert, Missoula City-County Health Officer
Topic: Air Pollution in Missoula
8-Mar-64
2/OH 070-005
Dr. Leslie Fiedler, Montana State University English Department, author, critic
Topic: Academic Freedom
15-Mar-64
2/OH 070-006
Barclay Kuhn, Montana State University Political Science Department
Topic: United Nations
March 22, 1964 and October 25, 1964
2/OH 070-007
Rev. J.P. Sanders, Pastor, First Christian Church
Topic: Religion and the Radical Right
24-Mar-64
2/OH 070-008
Dr. Richard Shannon, Montana State University Economics Department
Topic: Everyone's Stake in Economic Growth
3-May-64
2/OH 070-009
Dr. Robert Wallace, Montana State University Economics Department
Topic: Importance of Debt
10-May-64
2/OH 070-010
O.D. Speer, Retired Teachers' Association
Topic: Federal Aid to Education
28-Jun-64
2/OH 070-011
Dick Pattison, Executive Secretary for Citizens Rededicated, Great Falls, Montana
Topic: Right to Work Legislation
12-Jul-64
2/OH 070-012
Albert Root, AFL-CIO COPE Director, former member of Montana Unemployment Commission
Topic: Unemployment Compensation
11-Oct-64
2/OH 070-013
Dr. Clarence Gordon, Montana State University Botany Department
Topic: Use of Antibiotics in the Forest
31-May-64
2/OH 070-014
Gardner Cromwell, Montana State University Professor of Law
Topic: States Rights Amendments
12-Apr-64
2/OH 070-015
Donald Aldrich, Director, Montana Wildlife Federation
Topic: Wilderness Areas of Montana
26-Jul-64
2/OH 070-016
Larry Elison, Montana State University Professor of Law
Topic: Equal Justice for the Indigent
19-Apr-64
2/OH 070-017
Ray Atkinson, President, Saskatchewan Farmers Union
Topic: Medical Care in Saskatchewan
25-Apr-64
2/OH 070-018
Dr. Fritz Bell, Montana Wildlife Association
Topic: Use and Abuse of Pesticides
24-May-64
2/OH 070-019
Edmund Freeman, Professor Emeritus, Montana State University English Department
Topic: Fragmented Montana
7-Jun-64
2/OH 070-020
Jacob Clayman, Administrative Director, Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO
Topic: Automation
31-Aug-64
2/OH 070-021
Sister Providencia, College of Great Falls, Montana
Topic: Indians of Montana
May 17, 1964 and November 15, 1964
2/OH 070-022
P.J. Gilfeather, former Montana state representative, Cascade County, Attorney for co-ops
Topic: Taxation of Co-ops
16-Aug-64
2/OH 070-023
Daphne Bugbee, League of Women Voters; William Tremper, President, Missoula Chamber of Commerce; William Fox, Missoula architect
Topic: City-County Planning in Missoula
undated
2/OH 070-024
John Fischer, Montana State College, economist, Head of Department of Agricultural Economics
Topic: Problems of Montana Cattlemen
5-Jul-64
2/OH 070-025
Harriet Miller, Montana State Superindendent of Public Instruction
Topic: School Finance in Montana
5-Apr-64
2/OH 070-026
Herb Carson, Speech therapist and guidance counselor, Missoula Public Schools
Topic: Juvenile Delinquency
undated
2/OH 070-027
Dr. R.A. Solberg, Montana State University Assistant Professor of Botany and Education
Topic: Air Pollution
undated
2/OH 070-028
Joseph Goldman, Missoula attorney
Topic: Supreme Court Decisions on Civil Rights
2-Aug-64
2/OH 070-029
Dr. Peter Odegaard, University of California, Chairman of Political Science Department
Topic: Growth of Government
16-Aug-64
2/OH 070-030
Dr. Benjamin Rader, Montana State University Assistant Professor of History
Topic: Roosevelt Era
19-Jul-64
2/OH 070-031
Jeanne Beaty, freelance writer
Topic: Medicare
6-Sep-64
2/OH 070-032
John Lawry, Montana State University Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Topic: Labor without Unions (Child Labor)
13-Sep-64
2/OH 070-033
Gretchen Billings, Associate Editor of "People's Voice"
Topic: The Press and Informed Opinion
undated
2/OH 070-034
Larry Elison, Montana State University Professor of Law
Topic: Supreme Court Prayer Decision
8-Nov-64
2/OH 070-035
Victor O. Reinemer, Executive Secretary to Senator Lee Metcalf
Topic: Case for Competition (I.O.U.s)
4-Oct-64
2/OH 070-036
Ron Richards
Topic: Birchism in the Bitterroot
September 20, 1964 and September 27, 1964
3/OH 070-037
Jeanne Beaty, freelance writer
Topic: Montana Economy
18-Oct-64
3/OH 070-038
Leighton Thompson
Topic: Montana Property Tax
1-Nov-64
3/OH 070-039
Ellis Waldron, Montana State University Professor Political Science
Topic: Reapportionment
22-Nov-64
3/OH 070-040
Thomas Payne
Topic: Civil Rights Law
undated
3/OH 070-041
John Goldmark
Topic: Libel by the Right
undated
3/OH 070-042
Carl Kraenzel
Topic: Social Cost of Space in Montana
undated
3/OH 070-043
Rev. George Harper
Topic: Legalized Gambling for the State of Montana
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Montana--Politics and government--20th century
  • Radio in politics--Montana
  • Radio programs--Montana
  • Radio stations--Montana--Missoula
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Radio scripts
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Montana looks to the future
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Missoula Public Affairs Council