On the air for 47 years, KGLT 91.9fm, alternative public radio in Southwest Montana, has entertained and shared diverse music played by live DJ’s around the clock, as well as informative programming and public service announcements, with its listeners. KGLT is located on the campus of Montana State University (MSU), Bozeman. With 90 live announcers playing their choice of music 22 hours per day, KGLT produces 1,500 to 2,000 public service announcements and offers three DJ apprentice classes yearly. Approximately one third of the public service announcements (PSAs) relate to campus offerings such as new classes, recreational and volunteer opportunities, events, and informing students and employees committees and programs in existence to help and protect them: diversity, women's issues, returning vet issues, handicap rights, rape alerts, and drunk driver ride home options. Public service issues on and off campus include AIDS awareness, medical care and preventative options, LBGTQ support, bullying, parenting, and environmental awareness. The KGLT website hosts a Community Calendar that announces lectures, concerts, classes, nature programs, and exhibits in all areas where there are radio signals. Environmentally, Montana is a rare combination of being an ‘AG’ or agricultural state, because of all the ranching and farming, and a state also focused on maintaining its land untainted by industry. Montana is dependent on the tourist trade for fishing, hiking, and hunting as well as summer and winter recreation. It is one of the only states making a conscientious effort for a meeting of the minds of the ranchers and outdoors enthusiasts. As a result, there is a lot of informative and educational discussion offered and shared as PSAs on the air.
The audiences reached are diverse; KGLT ranks in the top 25% of 21 stations in Gallatin County and collaborates with NPR stations in Montana. KGLT is the matriarch of community radio in the state of Montana, offering openness, inclusiveness, and commitment to community. The goal for KGLT is to reach more listeners in order to offer them this familial yet professional inclusivity, so that they may benefit from the information and education KGLT provides in music and public service.
Apprentice classes give staff the opportunity to mentor students, helping them to live up to their potential to become informed, comfortable, well spoken, generous, and ethical.
New in 2014, KGLT has worked with the Central Washington University radio station to help them build financial support.
KGLT is the Emergency Alert System for Gallatin County, broadcasts the daily avalanche and ski reports, announces school closings, and gives a fishing report during the fishing season.
KGLT has an on air calendar called “Unzipping the Weekend”, sharing entertainment events and locations. KGLT informs the public of City and County open forums regarding environmental and planning issues including water quality, building, parks, and development.
Listener's Personals is a daily report of lost animals, ride sharing, and more, with a trusted reputation for helping people get the help they need.
KGLT worked with Superintendent of Schools Denise Juneau, Montana Team Nutrition and first lady of Montana, Lisa Bullock to produce eleven announcements for use by any other station free of charge and posted on the Montana Food Bank Network website. The aim of the project was to spread information about the importance of breakfast for students’ abilities to retain information and learn. In the interest of students forging ahead to reach their highest potential, a KGLT student employee who is in the Music Technology program wrote the background music and was given credit and recognition for that.
The Tellin’ Ellen program that collaboratively airs on National Public Radio stations in Montana, produced at KGLT, has included the subjects of Depression and Suicide, Mid-life job changes for women, the art of writing, an interview with MSU President Waded Cruzado, the first woman and Latina to hold this influential and important issue in Montana, a discussion about Humane Education with the Director of Education for the Humane Society of the United States and Giving in the workplace (ie. Workplace payroll deduction options in an interview with the Executive Directors of United Way and Montana Shares.
KGLT produces "Chrysti the Wordsmith", a two minute, 20 year old program exploring the origins and histories of words, phrases and idioms in the English language. The series runs on both National Public Radio stations in Montana: Yellowstone Public Radio in Billings and Montana Public Radio in Missoula. It also is on KCPW in Salt Lake City and worldwide on Armed Forces Radio and Television Network.
"Montana Medicine Show", also produced at the station, consists of two minute segments of Montana history and is researched, written and narrated by Bozeman High School Award winning History teacher, Derek Strahn. It airs six times a week on KGLT and seven times per week on three AM stations in Eastern Montana. A second book of Medicine Show stories is coming out by summer, 2015 and the series itself will be offered to libraries across the state. The first, published in 2014 is called The Montana Medicine Show's Genuine Montana History, by B. Derek Strahn, Montana High School History Teacher of the Year.