People

  • Blues Programmer, Board Operator

    Art Hooker was born in Wisconsin and trained on tuba at Hortonville Union High School and Lawrence Conservatory. As a self-taught flutist he traveled throughout the western U.S. as a busker. He studied radio production technology at Mount Hood...

  • Senior Political Reporter/Special Projects

    Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986.  From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena...

  • Development Manager

    Jill Hirschi joined Yellowstone Public Radio in February 2016.  She brings several years of fundraising experience to the station.  When she is not at work, Jill enjoys biking, knitting and quilting.    

  • Chief Engineer/Technical Director
  • Morning Edition Host

    Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a...

  • Program Director

    Ken Siebert began work at YPR in 1992 as a part-time, evening board operator. He was hired full time in 1994 and in 1999 began work on YPR's website. In 2009, he was named Interim General Manager and was appointed YPR's General Manager in 2011....

  • General Manager

    Kurt joins us from Michigan with 30 years of broadcasting experience, the last 15 of which were in public media. “I love that the mission of public radio is to serve our local communities and to provide information and...

  • Development/Listener Support

    Originally from Michigan, Laura Voight joined Yellowstone Public Radio in July 2015.  As the Listener Support and Volunteer Coordinator, her responsibilities include processing pledges, donations, and thank you gifts, and coordinating...

  • Underwriting and Public Information

    Maddie has been a public radio junkie since her middle school days and enthusiastically joined the Yellowstone Public Radio team as the Underwriting and Public Information specialist in April 2017.

    In her off-time, Maddie loves exploring...

  • Business and Finance Manager

    Shelley Zimmerman joined the team at Yellowstone Public Radio at the end of December, 2015.  She brings several years of accounting and budgeting experience gained while working at Montana State University Billings for over 25 years.  She...

  • Broadcast Operations Specialist

    Originally from Wyoming, Wesley joined Yellowstone Public Radio in December of 2007. He started as a board operator during the evenings, eventually moving to his current position of Broadcast Operations Specialist.