MISSOULA – The popular MontanaPBS program “Backroads of Montana” will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special event for viewers and friends in Deer Lodge.

            “Backroads of Montana” will premiere segments from its upcoming anniversary special at the restored Rialto Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 17. A red-carpet welcome begins at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and popcorn will be served.
            People will learn how the television program has made a difference in the lives of viewers from around Montana through special anniversary clips. They will also be a part of a “Backroads” pledge segment and celebrate a quarter-century with “Backroads” producers and host William Marcus.
            “We know we’ve touched a lot of lives with our program,” Marcus said. “We’re hoping viewers and friends of the program will join us to celebrate 25 years of stories.”
            People interested in attending should RSVP by calling 406-243-4101 or emailing Broadcast Media Center Director Ray Ekness at ray.ekness@umontana.edu by Monday, Nov. 14.
            The ““Backroads of Montana” 25th anniversary program will air Monday, Dec. 5, on MontanaPBS (KUFM-TV in Missoula, KUSM-TV in Bozeman, KUKL-TV in Kalispell, KBGS-TV in Billings, KUGF-TV in Great Falls and KUHM-TV in Helena), a service of the University of Montana and Montana State University. For more information, visit http://mtpr.org/ or http://www.montanapbs.org/