Who’s on 979 THE RIVER – with or without a paddle:

Show NameHours On AirDays On AirShow/Talent
The River Good Morning Show with Steve Keller6am-10amM-FSteve Keller
The Tammie Toren Show, with the Back In The Day Cafe" at noon

10am-2pmM-FTammie Toren
Mikey In The Afternoon, w/
The River Stress-Free Ride Home
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.


E-Mail: ttoren@cherrycreekmedia.com

Talent Bios




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!



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 here.

David is a graduate of Great Falls High, Great Falls College – MSU (Associate’s Degree in IT), and Montana Tech {Bachelor’s degree).

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.



Contact: https://www.tesh.com/contact/

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.

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.

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.




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