The station is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, both MSU students and members of the local community. The station hires a director and has a few paid work-study positions. Individuals wishing to become disc jockeys are required to complete an apprenticeship program before going on the air, after which time, they may apply for an on-air shift each semester, or participate as part of the news crew or as producers or talent for in-house weekly programming.
KGLT is known for airing a significant amount of non-mainstream programming and a wide variety of music in a "format-free" environment. Prior to the arrival of a National Public Radio affiliate in Bozeman, the station carried several public broadcasting programs, though has never formally affiliated with NPR. The station continues to air a small amount of nationally syndicated public radio programming from NPR and Public Radio International, such as This American Life, Mountain Stage, and New Dimensions Radio.
The nationally-aired 2-minute radio interlude, "Chrysti the Wordsmith," now supported and aired nationally by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, originated at KGLT. Creator Chrysti "the Wordsmith" Smith still produces the program at KGLT studios, and expanded her program into book format as the author of Verbivore's Feast: A Banquet of Word & Phrase Origins and Verbivore's Feast: Second Course: More Word & Phrase Origins