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Dave Wilson (1940 - 2015)

Inducted: 2017

Dave Wilson

In 1958, Mercury Recording Artists “The Four Flickers” asked Dave to be their bass singer and instrumentalist. They played 45 of the 48 continental states. This brought him to Montana in 1960, and the Big Sky Country captured his heart.

He started selling radio advertising for KUDI in 1968. His first shift on 560 KMON was on St. Patrick’s Day 1969. In January 1970, he started with the afternoon drive shift. He was soon moved to mornings where he excelled. In 1972, created the “Grass Roots Gold” radio program, which is still the largest continuously running show of its type in the Northwestern U.S. and still on the air today.

In 1982, Dave’s band, “Country Connection” traveled to Scandinavia, and was nominated for “furthering country music in Europe Award”.  They were honored to play for Vice-President Bush and President Regan during their visits to Great Falls. In 1986, he voiced the presentation of the “Elvis” bronze, which was unveiled at Graceland.

In 1996, Dave was promoted to Operations Manager of STARadio.  In 2004, he accepted a position at KLSK Radio. He was with Fisher Radio until 2009, and after 40 years doing what he loved, he retired. In 2012, Dave established Great Falls’ first on-line radio station streaming worldwide.

He was involved with Special Olympics, Bluegrass on the Bay, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cascade County DUI Task Force, MC for Veteran’s Memorial Opening ceremony, and Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast MC for 17 years.  He received the Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award and in 2005 the Silver Medal Award from the Great Falls Advertising Federation.

Dave and his son Mark were the only living father and son DJ’s to be inducted together into the Montana Radio Legends in 2011. A life’s ambition, Dave cut a C.D. in 2005, titled “My Turn to Sing”.  In Dave’s words, he was: “The victim of a life thoroughly enjoyed”.