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backroads of montana

Singing in the Wires (No. 136)

First Aired May 23, 2012

Since 1991, the Backroads crew has traveled across Montana visiting its unique people and places. The series airs regularly on MontanaPBS.

Backroads of Montana

(No. 136) Singing In the Wires

Rating: TV-G

Fairfield, Kalispell, Fort Benton, Hardin

The 50 students at bucolic Greenfield School in Fairfield are energetic and bright. One reason for their success is a tasty lunch program. We'll spend a day with Lunch Lady Salley Young as she prepares a special meal that's 100 percent Montana made. In Kalispell, we switch into the world of antique phones, with a man whose collecting began with his career as an installer with the phone company. He's proof that it pays to "keep the old stuff." We'll veer off the road to some of Montana's beautiful lakes and ponds to observe the springtime ritual of birds' courtship dances. And we'll meet a man in Fort Benton whose skill in crafting musical instruments is only surpassed by his generous spirit. William Marcus hosts the program from the Big Horn County Museum in Hardin.

Program Updates: 

Wayne Hampton, the stringed instrument maker, continued going to his workshop even after he was confined to a wheelchair. He did in 2019 at age 94.