Author: Jack Guy

Missoula Osprey more than a sporting event

Weather pending, tonight marks the home opener of the 2018 Missoula Osprey season.

Yes, we know – you listen to Jack FM first and foremost because of the music. But we’d like to think that community and entertainment in general are also high on your reasons for loving Jack, and whether you’re a sports fan or not we think there’s a lot of great reasons to celebrate summer baseball.

To honor that, we’ve outlined three non-baseball reasons to get excited about the Osprey:

1. The peanuts and Cracker Jacks

OK, so Cracker Jacks aren’t on the menu at the concession stands at Ogren Park Allegiance Field – but peanuts certainly are, as are all the other iconic ballpark greats: Hot dogs, ice cream and, yes, beer. To be honest, we’re really not all that much into peanuts during our normal daily lives. But nothing helps pass those stagnant times between innings, during pitching changes – heck, between pitches – like cracking open a tasty nut and tossing the shell onto the concrete floor.

By the way, if you’re partaking in Osprey baseball just for the food then we recommend you get familiar with their nightly specials. Taco Tuesdays, anyone?

2. The actual osprey

When peanuts have lost their luster, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found circling above the stadium. The team’s namesake osprey – a mom, dad and their young, we presume, are often as engaging as the action on the diamond. You can’t see them actually fish from this vantage point, but you can see them head out empty-beaked and return with a tasty treat for the family. Sometimes just watching their giant, crowd-sweeping circles is enough. Are you mad, bro?

The Missoula Osprey is the only minor league franchise with a live mascot living in its natural habitat at their stadium.

3. Those crazy kids

Unless you’re a hardcore baseball fan, the best seats in the house aren’t the ones adjacent to home plate – they’re deep out in right field, in the general admission “seating”. On a grassy knoll, you’ll hardly find a game where there aren’t a throng of baseball runts doing everything BUT watching the game. They’re rolling, they’re chasing, they’re doing what kids do best. Most importantly, they’re waiting for a foul ball to land in their territory – and when it happens, let’s just say you’d better stay clear.

The best part, though, is when the foul falls just outside the grassy zone and the right fielder manages to scoop it up. These kids will say just about anything to get hold of that ball; they’re certainly not too proud to beg.

For just $20 you can sign your young one up for the Ollie Osprey Kids Club and pick up two general admission tickets to every Sunday home game, plus a child’s T-shirt, a kids’ clinic and an exclusive autograph session with Osprey players.

Whether it’s the ballpark concessions, birdwatching or modern day anthropology you’re seeking, there’s plenty of non-baseball reasons to catch a Missoula Osprey game. What other event is as fun for families as it is with a date – to say nothing of the joys of watching baseball alone? Tune in all season long for ticket giveaways, and enjoy the best of Missoula summer before it slips away!

For more details, check out the Missoula Osprey’s 2018 schedule or pick up your tickets HERE.

-Zeke Campfield

You can have your Christmases and Thanksgivings and all those other high-pressure holidays.

But when it comes to our favorite annual celebration, Jack takes the Fourth of July without hesitation.

Fireworks-still-a-fizzleThink about it: There’s no requirement for gift-giving, the weather is usually nice, you can spend it with whoever you want, and it’s a holiday about patriotism. Oh yeah, and there’s the whole fireworks thing.

This year, Jack’s doubling down on his excitement because after a two-year hiatus the largest fireworks display on this side of the state is returning. We’re talking about the big explosions-filled, Americana music fest that goes down in the parking lot of Southgate Mall.

According to a mall’s Facebook post, the fireworks event is happening again this year after taking the last two years off. Not many details have been unveiled about “4th Fest” other than that it’s happening from 7-11 pm at the mall on Wednesday, July 4th. We assume more details will be coming soon.

Truth be told, despite being a (mostly) lifelong Missoula resident, we’ve only actually partaken in the festivities at the mall one time. That’s because the best thing about the show – and about living in the Missoula Valley – is that you can pretty much enjoy it from anywhere. Pick a mountain, a hill, a rooftop, bring a blanket and your own playlist and enjoy the show.

Because this is America, and while Jack’s always looking for a great excuse to celebrate there really is no better reason than love of country. And pretty explosions in the sky.

-Zeke Campfield

Fireworks show returns to Southgate Mall
Win free tickets, food for Dad!

When it comes to holidays, none is perhaps more relaxing than Father’s Day.

What do we mean? We mean Dads are, typically, extremely easy to honor. Get him a necktie, tell him he’s the man, and then get on with your day. Men don’t like all that gushy stuff anyways, right?

But believe it or not, there’s an even easier way to make Dad happy on his special day. Just plan something fun for the family, throw in some free food, and he’ll probably be so excited he’ll still do all the prep work, from packing the lawn chairs and snacks to chauffeuring the crew there and back!

This Father’s Day, Jack FM Missoula is giving away the ultimate Dad’s Day package: A free four-pack of tickets to Friday’s “Symphony Under the Big Sky” PLUS a $50 gift card to the Montana Club. Seriously – kick back under the stars to great music from the Missoula Symphony and guest performer Chris Botti, and then pig out on cheese curds, burgers and other forms of deliciousness at Montana Club after the show!

All you have to do is FOLLOW THIS LINK to enter your name and phone number, and Jack will pick a winner on Thursday.

In the meantime, here’s some more details about the show:

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti will join the Missoula Symphony Orchestra for a special performance Friday, June 15th, at Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula.

Botti, an Oregon native, began honing his craft as a studio musician in 1985 and has performed around the world with both jazz masters and pop stars ranging from Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich to Roger Daltry and Paul Simon. Four of his albums were ranked No. 1 slot on Billboard jazz album charts, his latest – 2013’s Impressions – winning a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

“Symphony Under the Big Sky” marks the first of what is expected to be a series of outdoor summer performances co-hosted by Missoula Symphony Association and Knitting Factory Presents.

Doors open at 6 pm; show starts at 7:30. Tickets are on sale now at at Big Sky Brewing Company, Rockin’ Rudy’s, by calling 866-468-7624 and online HERE.19_Edp

 

 

 

All in all you’re just another brick in the … wallaby?

Jack FM Missoula is excited to send a few lucky listeners to see the Australian Pink Floyd Show LIVE at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on Thursday, Sept. 13!

Formed in 1988 and having sold over 4 million tickets in 35 countries, Australian Pink Floyd is hailed as one of the leading concert performances currently operating.

The band began its adventure as part of a wave of Australian tribute bands and broke into the international scene with their performance at the Pink Floyd fan convention in 1993. Since then, they’ve been playing bigger and more prestigious venues across the world – as well as having released several live concert DVDs and CDs.

Like the best tribute shows, Australian Pink Floyd isn’t just about “covering” your favorite Floyd tunes; they put all their energy into recreating the look, feel and sound of the classic rock band’s world tours – including familiar visual aids! Inflatable kangaroo, anyone?

Jack FM has scored three pairs of tickets and we’ll be giving them away for FREE every Friday through June 22!

Click HERE to register for your pair today!


 

See Aussie Floyd for free, matey!
Win a free bounce house rental!

Finger food and mingling is fun and all, but let’s be honest: A party ain’t a party unless it’s got some real bounce action going on.

This year, Jack FM Missoula and Bitterroot Bouncers are honoring the coming summer party season with a great giveaway that will bring the ‘wow factor’ to your shindig no matter who’s on your guest list.

Whether you’re entertaining the neighborhood kids or wanna bring some responsible child’s play to your adult party, you’re bound to boost the fun factor with one days’ FREE inflatable bouncy house rental from Bitterroot Bouncers.

Bitterroot Bouncers is the premier bounce house rental service for the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys, with 12 different themed inflatables for children and adults! Seriously: In addition to their great superhero-, princess- and pirate-themed bouncy houses, there’s a full-on jousting game, water slides and bungee games that will really add zing to your otherwise boring occasion.

And the best part? Bitterroot Bouncers does pretty much all the work. They’ll deliver it, set it up, tear it down – and even staff it if you’re short on time or manpower. We’re talking all-inclusive service, with flat rate rental fees and customizable party packages.

So how do you win?

Just follow this link to our online form, plug in your info and we’ll draw a winner at random on May 31st. Seriously, that’s it.

In the meantime, don’t forget to include Jack on all your party invite lists this year. Even the lame, non-bouncy ones.