Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Gene Peterson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today honored Gene Peterson, a native of Culbertson and resident of Missoula, for his fifty successful years of shaping Montana’s broadcasting industry and long history of public service to the state. 

Peterson was inducted into the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame earlier this month. In addition to working in Montana broadcasting for more than fifty years, Peterson has served as president of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and a member of the St. Patrick Hospital Advisory Board and Grizzly Scholarship Association.

Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” initiative highlights a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. 

gene4Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve.

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:


     Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize Gene Peterson, a native of Culbertson, MT and an award-winning broadcast anchor.  Over this past weekend, Mr. Peterson was inducted into the Montana Broadcasters Hall of Fame for contributing more than fifty years of service to the broadcasting industry in our state.

     A graduate of the Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr. Peterson moved with his wife and two daughters to Missoula in 1962, where he began working at a modest radio station that he then transformed into a thriving radio group of five stations.

    Mr. Peterson has also undertaken a great deal of public service, for which he has been honored in many ways.  He has served the city of Missoula as President of the Missoula Chamber of Commerce, President of the Montana Broadcasters Association, Grizzly Scholarship Association, St. Patrick Hospital Advisory Board, YMCA, and the University of Montana President’s Advisory Board.  Among his awards for his careers in both broadcasting and public service are Businessman of the Year, the Hugh O’Brien Lifetime Achievement, and Sportsman of the Year.

          Mr. Peterson has made a difference in his years of community service and contributions to our state’s economy. I join Montanans today in honoring him for his years of service to our state.