Kay Erickson

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 degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.

Kay is also a writer for Yellowstone Valley Woman’s Magazine.

Ways to Connect

Jay Hahnkamp is an unlikely children’s author. He’s a rancher with a small place near southwest Montana, and he has two children’s books to his name.

His most recent book carries a simple message: no matter the obstacles in life, a child can strive to be whatever he or she wants to be. This message is carried by the author’s real-life cow and best friend the goat.  


High Noon is an iconic western movie that starred Montana’s own Gary Cooper. It was filmed in 1951 during the height of the Red Scare and the blacklisting of American Communist Party members in Hollywood

For Pulitzer Prize winning author Glenn Frankel, the movie was the perfect blend of Hollywood and politics of the 1950s and how the tumultuous time played a role in this great Western.


Black Violin

Billings will be welcoming a unique musical duo Black Violin, to the Alberta Bair Theater next Thursday. The high-energy group is anything but common, and bridges the divide between hip-hop and classical music.

The Miami Herald says the musical duo Black Violin “upends cultural and musical stereotypes,” and these classically-trained string musicians will bring their inventive style to Billings next week.


MSUB University Relations

We live in a democracy, but what exactly does that mean? And how does the American system of government differ from others around the world?

Democracies will be under the microscope in the new spring lecture series “Frontiers of Democracy: Exploring the Past and Looking to the Future” at the Montana State University Billing Library.

Chet Johnson

Walt Longmire is the sheriff of a small, fictitious county in northern Wyoming.

His creator, award-winning author Craig Johnson, will be in Bozeman mid-March for an evening of reading, storytelling and autographs.

Nail Chaput de Saintonge & Keith Graham

There is certainly power in numbers, but one single room is all you need for many elementary institutions across Montana. The Big Sky state has the most one-room schools in the nation.

Dan Rask, Executive Director of the Montana Small School Alliance, said one-room schools still exist in the 21st century because Montana has farm and ranch kids living far from town.

“I just don’t think it is in the cards to close those schools because they are too far to get to," Rask said.

Mountain Time Arts

Water will be the focus of a series of large-scale art events this summer by Mountain Time Arts, the Gallatin County based public arts organization which will use a recently awarded national arts grant to fund a summer long celebration and discussion on water.

Housing and Urban Development

Thursday night, January 26, 2017, about 50 volunteers and staff with District 7 HRDC will bundle up and fan out across Billings to make contact with the homeless. Their goal is to gather data for the annual Point in Time

Homeless Survey. It is because of this effort to learn about the homeless that local communities get the funding they need to address the issue.

Ed Saunders has been out on the streets with the survey for the past three years.  For the retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. it is all about connecting with his fellow vets and getting them to the services they deserve. 

(Courtesy of Women's March Montana)/(https://www.womensmarchmontana.com/)

This Saturday, people across the state are headed to the Capitol in Helena to participate in the Women's March on Montana in conjunction with marches across the world.

Many are traveling from southeastern Montana, for different reasons, but united by a common message: Women's rights are human rights.


 Montana State University-Billings is inviting their students and the public to learn more about what it’s like to be hungry.  

It is a Hunger Banquet.  It is a component of the campus’ “Power of One” activities, part of Martin Luther King Jr. service week.

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