Northern Broadcasting System
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Northern Broadcasting System was started by former Montana United States Senator Conrad Burns in 1975 as an agricultural broadcast network called the Northern Agricultural Network. Montana's number one industry is agriculture. Burns saw an opportunity to provide information to the agri-business community. The network had only four stations at its beginning. Burns grew the network and eventually sold it to enter Montana politics in 1986. Under the guidance of the network's new President/CEO Taylor Brown, the network grew to cover parts of eight states in the Northwest and Canada. More than 220,000 people get agriculture and farming information on radio, television, and online from the Northern Broadcasting System.
Northern Broadcasting is the blanket organization which includes the Northern News Network, The Northern Sports Network, and The Northern Ag Network. The Ag Network is by far the largest of the company's products. In addition to the radio stations on the networks, thirteen television stations also air farm and ranch news across Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and North and South Dakota.
The network produces eight full length newscasts per day anchored by News Director Brian Bennett. In addition, the network has a several complete broadcast weather forecasts in the Northern region with weather from meteorologist Ed McIntosh. The four-minute forecasts include extensive agricultural information as well as general weather news. The network entered a program to help alert Montana residents to the severe weather in the state instantly.
The Voices Of Montana is the only live, full hour, daily statewide radio talk show of any kind in Montana. Politicians, businesses, state organizations, and citizens are invited to appear on the program as time permits. The show is hosted by host, Jon Arneson.
Northern Broadcasting has won a number of awards and been heavily involved in philanthropic and charitable organizations in Montana. The National Association of Agricultural Educators recognized at a national level, the work done by Taylor Brown and Northern Broadcasting. Brown is a former President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. In 2010 Brown was named to the National Farm Broadcasters Hall Of Fame. Northern Ag's Farm Director Russell Nemetz is Chairman of the Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative in 2011.
Northern Broadcasting has affiliate stations carrying their programming in these Montana cities. Baker, Belgrade, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Deer Lodge, Dillon, Forsyth, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Lewistown, Libby, Livingston, Malta, Miles City, Missoula, Plentywood, Polson, Shelby, Sidney, and Wolf Point.
The network is also heard in cities in neighboring states including Belle Fourche, Lemmon, and Sturgis, South Dakota; Bowman, Dickinson, and Williston, North Dakota. Wyoming cities on the Northern Broadcasting Network are Buffalo, Casper, Cheyenne, Douglas, Evanston, Gillette, Green River, Jackson, Kemmerer, Laramie, Newcastle, Riverton, Sheridan, Thermopolis, Torrington, Wheatland, and Worland.