Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Skip Walters of Great Falls

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized Skip Walters of Great Falls for a tremendous radio broadcasting career.


Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.


Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.


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, this week, I have the distinct honor of recognizing Skip Walters of Great Falls for a tremendous radio broadcasting career. Last week, Skip retired after providing over four decades of entertainment to his fellow Montanans. It was great to be interviewed by Skip on several occassions – he was always professional and never pulled any punches.


Skip originally came to Montana while serving our nation in the United States Air Force during the early 1970s and his media journey began in Miles City on the same weekend as the annual Bucking Horse Sale in 1976. During his early days in Custer County, he broadcast mostly rock and roll tunes and covered local sports, on KATL radio for the folks in eastern Montana. Three years later, an opportunity in his industry brought Skip to Great Falls. It was in Great Falls that Skip would further refine his skills by broadcasting country music to the listeners in Cascade County and the surrounding communities of central Montana. His forty-one year career in the radio business culminated at KMON radio in Great Falls, where he broadcast for twenty-seven years.   


Among his accomplishments, Skip was recognized in 2008 by the Journalism Education Association as a Friend of Scholastic Journalism. When asked about the circumstances that inspired him to begin a career in radio, Jim stated “it’s all about the music.” Skip’s love of music has been an acoustic blessing to many in the Treasure State.  


From helping to guard the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile fields in the center of the state, to broadcasting good tunes across an even larger swath of the state, Skip has had a good journey. As he begins to enjoy his retirement, I would like to offer my thanks for his service to our nation, and appreciation for the artistic entertainment he provided to our state. 






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