Our shows

Show NameHours On AirDays On AirShow/Talent
The River Good Morning Show6am-10amM-FSteve Keller
The Tammie Toren Show, with "Back To The 80's" at noon
10am-2pmM-FTammie Toren
Mikey In The Afternoon, w/
The River Stress-Free Ride Home
2pm-7pmM-FMikey
The River Night Show with John Tesh
7pm-12mSunday-FridayJohn Tesh
The River Weekend9am-12nSaturdayDavid Lee
The River Weekend12n-12mSaturdayGreat Falls Variety Mix
Sunday on The River6am-8amSundayDavid Lee
Your Weekend Show8am-12nSundayJim Brickman
Intelligence for Your Life12n-3pmSundayJohn Tesh
Absolutely 80's3pm-6pmSundayNina Blackwood
The River Weekend6pm-7pmSundayDavid Lee
The River Night Show7pm-12mSundayJohn Tesh
Talent Bios

Steve Keller

Steve lives to entertain.

By the age of 18, Steve was a singer and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, arranger, and producer for himself and full bands.  After graduation Steve chose radio broadcasting.  He says it was the love of music, and the craft of producing great radio ads that entertain AND sell.  In his spare time, Steve plays and sings in the Steve Keller Band, The Thrillbillies, and 80’s tribute band Metal Steel.  Steve is the father of 4 children, several grandchildren, and loves time with his extended family and friends.

Talent Bios

Tammie Toren

I was born in Choteau in the ’68 and raised on the family farm.  My family moved to Great Falls in 1984 and I graduated Great Falls High class of ’86.  I grew up listening to KEIN and just knew I’d be the girl that I never heard on the radio.  I used to practice introducing Shawn Cassidy on my 45 player in my room on the farm.  He was just SO dreamy!

Before the ink dried on my high school diploma, I met with Kat Phillips at KUDI-AM, and made my appointment at the May School of Broadcasting in Billings the very next day.  I graduated broadcasting school in ’87  (with JD Knight.  We’re the only 2 from our class working in broadcasting, and here we are working at the same place, and even the same station, Big Stack) and moved on to working immediately at KOFI in Kalispell writing commercials.  A year and a half, 2 cars and a firing later, Skip Walters gave me my first on-air job at KEIN!  The rest, as they say, is the way the radio dial turns.  I’ve worked in Billings, Kalispell, Great Falls, and for BiCoastal Media, in Oregon.

No matter where I roam, I always end up back in Great Falls.  Now I’m back with the people who taught me what to do and how to do it, and made me what I am today.

My current experience with Cherry Creek Media, on 97-9 The River, is HANDS-DOWN, my best radio job.  I work with people who push me to be the best I can be, and I follow Steve Keller on the River!  I feel so lucky every day.

I am a widow (Dave the Morning Guy) with 2 daughters, a step-daughter, 2 step-sons and an ex.  (There’s always an ex, isn’t there?)  And I’m always looking for my next ex-husband.

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E-Mail: ttoren@cherrycreekmedia.com

Talent Bios

Mikey

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Mikey started in radio in 1998 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City Utah.  After graduation, he took on several jobs that he really really sucked at. In 2013, he returned to radio and has been telling lame jokes ever since.  He’s thrilled to be on the air in Great Falls on the coolest radio station in town, 97.9 The River.  Contrary to popular belief, he’s on the radio by choice, and not because of a work-release program for his repeated public nudity arrests.  He is a proud husband and father of 5 children, 3 of which were conceived on purpose.  You can hear Mikey on your no-repeat workday and stress-free ride home from 2pm – 7pm every weekday on KVVR 97.9 The River!

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E-Mail: mfoley@cherrycreekmedia.com

David Lee 

David is a Montana native who moved to Great Falls as a kid in 2000.  He started in radio in high school with a shift on KVVR/97.9 The River.  Later, he started doing shifts on KMON-AM as well.

After graduating from Great Falls High, David attended and graduated from MSU – Great Falls (now Great Falls College – MSU) with an Associate’s Degree in IT, and then went on to Montana Tech in Butte for his Bachelor’s.

Returning to Great Falls after graduating from Montana Tech, David found his way back to the Great Falls air waves, picking not only up his old air shifts, but also some behind-the-scenes duties as well.

When he’s not on the air, David is involved with musical groups in the area, playing sax in the UGF Community Band from September to May, the Great Falls Municipal Band in the summer, and the Winds of Montana all-state band.

John Tesh

Six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations, three gold records, seven Public Television specials and 8 million records sold. After more than three decades as an international entertainer, John Tesh’s recording and live concert career continues to thrive today.

Whether at the solo piano, with a 12-piece ‘big band’ or an 80 piece orchestra, Tesh’s ability to create a unique journey for concert fans with music and storytelling has taken him from the Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Coliseum in Rome to Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. John’s live television concerts, including the seminal ‘Live at Red Rocks,’ have raised more than 20 million dollars for Public Television.

Tesh’s consistent popularity as a TV and Radio broadcaster has only amplified the personal connection with his loyal tribe of fans who get to listen to him 6 days a week on the ‘Intelligence For Your Life’ radio and television programs. The radio show alone amasses 34 million gross impressions/per week. John’s Facebook page has a weekly reach of 15-20 million engagements/week. The weekly TV program adds another 2 million impressions. Tesh and his marketing team regularly utilize these robust platforms to promote his live concert performances.

Twenty five years and 50 plus recordings into his multi-faceted, ever-evolving musical and broadcast career, John Tesh’s highly successful and varied career path also includes a string of #1 radio hits, a Keyboard Magazine Performance award, 12 years as an investigative journalist for the CBS TV Network, a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, broadcast host and music composer for the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games, and the unique distinction of composing what critics have hailed as “The greatest sports theme song in television history,” the NBC SPORTS’ NBA Basketball Theme.

A self-proclaimed school “band geek” playing trumpet in marching and jazz bands in junior high and high school, Tesh was proficient on the trumpet and piano from the age of six. He studied privately with teachers from The Julliard School, and was named to the New York State Symphonic Orchestra in high school while also playing Hammond B3 in 3 Long Island rock bands.

Jim Brickman

Brickman’s philosophy hasn’t changed since his 1994 debut album No Words burst onto the music scene.  US radio launched the single “Rocket to the Moon” into orbit, making history as the first solo instrumental ever to land on the pop charts.

Jim Brickman’s Billboard hit list includes “Angel Eyes”, “Rocket to the Moon”, “Sending You a Little Christmas”, “Valentine”, “The Gift”, “Love of My Life” and “Peace.” He’s been known to feature rising stars, legends and popular singers as vocal collaborators.

Brickman has filmed five concert specials presented on the PBS network: Celebration of the 70’s (2013) Beautiful World (2009), Jim Brickman at the Magic Kingdom—The Disney Songbook (2005), My Romance, An Evening with Jim Brickman (2000) and Love Songs and Lullabies (2002).

Jim Brickman hosts The Jim Brickman Radio Show now in its 20th year, heard in over 80 cities across North AmericaThe show features well-known experts focusing on entertainment, lifestyle, pop culture, health and wellness.

He has written three best-selling books, Simple Things, Love Notes and his latest Soothe – How To Find Calm Amidst Everyday Chaos.

Jim was an innovator of fan cruises and events. The Jim Brickman Cruise is a semi-annual experience attracting hundred of fans from across America.  Since 2006 it has traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, New England, the Mexican Riviera and the Caribbean. The Brickman Bash, a land get-away drew fans to Nashville, his hometown of Cleveland and Niagara, Ontario.

Nina Blackwood

Her voice and face are instantly recognizable as the iconic representative of rock and roll at a time when music was fun, and changed the world.  As MTV’s very first VJ, NINA BLACKWOOD became the symbol of all things hip and culturally on-point for a whole generation who looked to her as the final word on rock knowledge and history.

But beyond the smoky voice and sultry beauty, NINA has a heart of gold with a tender spot for helping abused people and animals in need, and is making it her life’s mission to make a difference.

After five wildly successful years as the face of MTV, NINA signed an unprecedented dual show contract with Paramount Television, anchoring both her own weekly “Rock Report” on Entertainment Tonight, and co-hosting TV’s award winning show “Solid Gold.”  Her popularity led to appearances on Britain’s top TV network the BBC, as well as European and American network television and film appearances including “Live Aid,” “The British Phonograph Awards,” “The Monteux Rock Festival” and “Farm Aid.”

In 1999, NINA’s nationally syndicated radio program “Absolutely80s” went on the air, kicking off major new interest in both the music and lifestyle of the ‘80s.  The hit show is still distributed by United Stations Radio Networks.

In 2001 – and until the station was sold – NINA helmed the coveted Afternoon Drive shift on Denver, CO’s top rated The Peak 96.5 FM.  During her four hour live show, NINA drew on her vast personal knowledge the artists and times to enthrall her listening audience like no other radio personality.  It’s obvious that NINA loves the medium of live radio and interacting with her legion of fans.

In August 2002, NINA began presenting “Classic” alternative music tracks on radical stations like LA’s fabled Indie 103 with her popular “New Wave Nation” nationally syndicated radio show.  Always quick to provide personal anecdotes and insights into the music, NINA brought her appealing personality and engaging style of story telling to each program she did.

In May 2004, groundbreaking Sirius Satellite Radio launched NINA’s “Big ‘80s” airshift on their Channel 8.  She continues to be heard on Sirius-XM’s “80s on 8” which airs Mondays through Fridays 1PM to 4PM, Saturdays from 8PM to midnight, and Sundays from 10AM to 1PM (all Eastern times), as well as hosting the “VJ Big 40 Countdown” with her fellow former MTV VJs Mark, Martha and Alan.

After graduation, NINA moved to Los Angeles to study acting at the renowned Lee Strasberg Institute.  While perfecting her acting chops, NINA played her six-foot tall double action pedal harp, appearing nightly in lavish settings at the city’s top establishments.  Her animated performances garnered rave reviews for their groundbreaking segues from Baroque style original compositions to rock classics like George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

A pioneer in the as-yet undeveloped field of music videos, NINA – along with radical underground director @MIC – developed a TV concept incorporating imaginary video  station “K.P.N.K.” wherein NINA conducted artist interviews between short “music films” and original advertisement parodies, thus foreshadowing things to come.

Producers Rob Reiner and Michael Man cast NINA in the part of the band manager in the pilot for “Spinal Tap.”  However, her next commitment took her to New York City, making her unable to participate in the final version of the film.  This new job?  The launch of MTV!

Speaking of the initial launch of MTV, NINA recalls: “MTV didn’t have any guidelines to start with, so I figured there was nothing to gain by being conservative.  So I just let my imagination side reign!”  The free-wheeling creativity that NINA brought to MTV helped define the successful format that ultimately changed the direction of the record, film and television industries.

Connie Sellica

Golden Globe nominated actress and businesswoman Connie Sellecca is the host of this new, nationally syndicated, Intelligence for Your Health Radio Show. Sellecca gained worldwide fame as the star of the hit television series Hotel, Greatest American Hero and PSI Love you. She has produced and starred in dozens of network and Lifetime TV movies and has launched her own skin care line (Sellecca Solution) which for the last 18 years has become one of the most recognized beauty brands in North America.Connie was spokesperson for Mother’s Against Drunk Driving for 12 years and has developed the Sellecca-Tesh Foundation for the Forgotten Generation which places music and music-therapy in nursing homes. Connie has been married for 22 years to musician and radio host John Tesh. They have 2 children; Gib-31 and Prima-18.’Intelligence for Your Health with Connie Sellecca’ is the first brand extension from Teshmedia’s ‘Intelligence for Your Life’ program. It is executive-produced by Betsy Chase & Scott Meyers and has access to the enormous resources of the IFYL research team.

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Mikey

 

Mikey started in radio in 1998 at Southern Utah University in Cedar City Utah.  After graduation, he took on several jobs that he really really sucked at. In 2013, he returned to radio and has been telling lame jokes ever since.  He’s thrilled to be on the air in Great Falls on the coolest radio station in town, 97.9 The River.  Contrary to popular belief, he’s on the radio by choice, and not because of a work-release program for his repeated public nudity arrests.  He is a proud husband and father of 5 children, 3 of which were conceived on purpose.  You can hear Mikey on your no-repeat workday and stress-free ride home from 2pm – 7pm every weekday on KVVR 97.9 The River!

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