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BTW tix on sale now!

The roster of world-class athletes slated for this summer’s Big Time Wrestling event continues to grow, and already it’s looking like this year’s event may be the best yet!

This year’s throw-down show-down is scheduled for 8 pm Friday, June 9, at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field.

Tickets are on sale now at the MSO Hub in downtown Missoula, by phone at (406) 543-3300 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. Enjoy limited ringside seating for $45, reserved seating bowl tickets for $25, or general admission tickets for $15 – plus convenience fees.

Don’t forget to check out the meet-and-greet with all the BTW superstars starting at 6 pm! Scroll down for the lineup so far …

And be sure to stay tuned in to Jack FM 105.9 and follow us on Facebook for ticket giveaways and more announcements coming soon!


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The most decorated wrestler in World Championship Wrestling history, Booker T has held 21 titles, including a record six WCW World Television Championships and 11 WCW World Tag Team Championships – 10 of which were as one-half of the Harlem Heat team with his brother, Stevie Ray.

In all, Booker T boasts 35 championships between WCW, World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is one of only four wrestlers to achieve the Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE!

Most recently, Booker T served as general manager of SmackDown before moving into a commentator’s role for other WWE programming. He has appeared on 27 video games and announced his candidacy for mayor of Houston in 2019.

 

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A record five-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion, The Sandman – aka the “King of Extreme” – was inducted into the Hardcore Hall of Fame in 2007.

He is a one-time ECW Tag Team Champion and has spent time in WCW, WWE and TNA – winning the Hard 10 Tournament in 2003.

You can expect he will be wielding the kendo stick he calls his “Singapore Cane” into the ring, and be on the lookout for his famous finishing move, the White Russian Leg Sweep!

 

honkytonkThe Honky Tonk Man

Best known for his run in the WWF – where he held the Intercontinental Championship for a record 64 weeks – The Honky Tonk Man is a former member of the Rhythm and Blues tag team. There he aligned with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine to compete against the likes of the Hart Foundation and The Legion of Doom.

The two were also part of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team, which marked the debut of the Undertaker.

A slick competitor with an Elvis-like persona, Honky moved on to WCW in 1994 a9nd back to the WWF/F for stints that spanned 1997-2001 and 2008-13.

Carlito

Known for his finishing move, The Baunnamedck Stabber, Carlito is a former Big Time Wrestling Champion who beat John Cena in 2004 for the WWE US Championship. He went on to hold that title for 42 days – that’s 14 straight matches won – before surrendering the belt back to Centa.

Carlito went on to defeat Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Title in 2005, and he and his brother, Primo, beat John Morrison and The Miz at WrestleMania XXV to become the only tag team to unify the WWE Tag Team and World Tag Team championships.

 

The Missoula Osprey and Jack FM Missoula are excited to celebrate another throw-down in the park Friday, June 9, with Big Time Wrestling!

This will be the third straight summer we’ve gotten to experience a wrestling spectacle at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field, and this fun, family-friend event gets bigger and better each time around!

BTW_WRESTLING_LOGO_g6nbnhmf_y1sksv0tThis year, World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Booker T will headline the show, with more superstars and match announcements to be released in coming days!

Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 am at the MSO Hub in downtown Missoula, by phone at (406) 543-3300 and online at MissoulaOsprey.com.

Show starts at 8 pm, but don’t miss out on a special meet-and-greet with all the superstars starting at 6. And stay tuned to jackfmmissoula.com and the Jack FM Facebook page for more updates and ticket giveaways!

About Booker T:

Booker T is the most decorated wrestler in World Championship Wrestling history, having held 21 titles, including a record six WCW World Television Championships and 11 unnamedWCW World Tag Team Championships – 10 of which were as one-half of the Harlem Heat team with his brother, Stevie Ray.

In all, Booker T boasts 35 championships between WCW, World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is one of only four wrestlers to achieve the Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE!

Most recently, Booker T served as general manager of SmackDown before moving into a commentator’s role for other WWE programming. He has appeared on 27 video games and announced his candidacy for mayor of Houston in 2019.

Big Time Wrestling is back!
Win Your Own Love Story!

This Valentine’s Day don’t rely on emojis to express your love … do it the proper way, with something that sparkles!

MorganJackPic105.9 Jack FM and Morgan Jewelers are excited to present “Write Your Own Love Story” – a contest by lovers for lovers, with none of those empty promises and cheesy poems to water it down.

Yep, we’re going straight to the meat: A $200 gift certificate to Morgan Jeweler’s PLUS a free romantic dinner at Caffe Firenze and a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the Flower Bed!

All you gotta do is follow THIS LINK and tell us YOUR love story – How did you meet? How do you spend your Valentine’s Days? How do you know he/she is the one for you? There’s no guidelines – just tell us your story and we’ll announce a grand prize winner on Feb. 10th!

It’s time to “Write Your Own Love Story” – a contest for lovers who really love loving, brought to you by 105.9 Jack FM and Morgan Jewelers!

Here again is the link. Best of luck!

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 91st birthday with another world tour, and once again they’ve scheduled a stopover in Missoula.

 

Tharlem-globetrotters-131228-660he Globetrotters’ star-studded roster will have you and your family and friends on the edge of your seats as they demonstrate their ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind entertainment that thrills fans of all ages!

Jack FM wants to send you and friend to see the magic in person. Follow —> THIS LINK <— to register for your free tickets!

We’ll give away two pairs each Friday now through Feb. 1oth. If you don’t want to risk missing out, you can buy tickets in advance —> HERE <—.

In the meantime, check out this awesome video of Globetrotter highlights from their last world tour:

See the Globetrotters for free!
At the Intersection of Grace

At its center is two clasping hands – one black, one white; grasping at one another as though Michelangelo had chosen a concert rather than Creation as his Sistine inspiration.

Two women from very different backgrounds finding common healing in the rhythms and sounds of funk and soul.

On the left, the entertainer Sharon Jones: Sparkly-dressed, microphone in hand – she 15390944_10207730607091137_1912761181392023761_nwho would succumb to pancreatic cancer just 10 weeks later.

And on the right, another fighter: Missoula’s Susan Blair, who, deep into the throes of her own battle with cancer, showed up at The Wilma that September night to express admiration for a newfound hero.

It happened spontaneously, and it only lasted a split second – yet that’s all a photographer needs to preserve a profound moment for the ages.

“It was a spray-and-pray, I guess we call it – just shoot a bunch. It wasn’t really until I got home that I realized what I got.”

That’s Jeffrey Neubauer, staff photographer for The Wilma.

He’s been shooting live performances for years now. But this one, he said, was something different.

“A lot of times the pictures mostly showcase the party of the show, but this one really is a standalone picture that encompasses what Sharon Jones dedicated her life to – especially towards the end of her life,” he said. “Easily the best photo I’ve ever taken.”


You don’t have to know much about Sharon Jones to understand the significance of Neubauer’s image. Her drive to push through recovery and back onto the stage was documented hauntingly in 2015’s “Miss Sharon Jones!”

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On the surface, “Miss Sharon Jones!” is the tale of a Jones’ emotional and physical struggles through invasive surgery and chemotherapy and the awkward balance of healthy self-care and meeting the demands of band mates, family and fans who count on her for financial stability.

But also, and perhaps more poignantly, it’s the story of the frontwoman’s lifelong struggles against poverty, segregation and a cutthroat industry – an industry that would eventually accept her into its folds just in time for her to assume a new, more deadly, foe.

As viewers, we get to witness the tender balance between Jones’ glowing charisma and tender pains on and off the stage – and the many lives she touched and inspired as she opted against wigs, self-pity and isolation in the face of what would ultimately be her demise.d


Enter now the 74-year-old Blair, who knew nothing of Sharon Jones until she saw the movie screening at the Roxy Theater last August.

Blair, who lives in a quiet home near the top of the Rattlesnake with her dog, Dora, and her 15-year-old cat, was diagnosed with lymphoma in February and had just completed the final of eight chemotherapy sessions in June.

This was her second battle with cancer; she had her spleen removed during an initial diagnosis 13 years prior.

After the movie, a theater employee told Blair of Jones’ upcoming Missoula show – the first of several people who made this moment between the two fighters come to fruition.

She calls them her “angels.”

“I wrote a note to her the day before the concert – I wanted to let her know how much I appreciated the movie, how I thought she’d been so inspirational,” she said. “It takes some bravery, you know. You either do it or you die, and sometimes you do it and you still die.”

Blair showed up that night with note in one pocket, standing-room-only ticket in the other. And there she stood, alone and exhausted in the back of the room, until she decided it was time.

“At least three people helped me get from the back of the theater to the stage,” she said – again, angels. “She reached out, and I was like, ‘Really?’ and I reached out to her – she was staring right at me,” Blair said. “I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to me. I just have so much gratitude; she didn’t have to do that to me.”


The first time we saw this iconic photo was in November, well after the show and just a week or so after Jones had passed.

Neubauer had posted it to his Facebook page looking for support in an online contest.

15391014_10207730602891032_516815209566835893_nIt seemed pretty clear to us what was going on, or so we thought: Blair was reaching out to Jones from the front of the stage seeking strength and solidarity in what was surely the fight of her life.

It wasn’t until we met with Blair in early December that the twist was revealed. It was Jones who was extending her hand, not the other way around.

Was she offering hope and support? If you know Jones’ story, that’s an easy hypothesis to believe.

Or perhaps she reached out seeking hope and support herself? For a strong woman determined to live out her dying days on the stage, that, too, wouldn’t be surprising.

More likely, just like Michaelangelo’s famous Sistene portrait depicts the intersection of deity and humanity, with no definitive flow from one body to the other, this photo simply captured the intersection of one woman’s grace with another’s.

“Maybe she had a need to reach out to somebody,” Blair said. “I just wanted to cheer her on because she is such a wonderful role model. And she had such a hard life, really.”


Beth Eldridge didn’t witness the two women embracing that night, but it doesn’t surprise her that such an emotional display unfolded at what was already an extremely heavy show.

Jones had already announced publicly the return of her cancer, and it was clear her days were numbered.e

Eldridge, who works as a registered nurse in the oncology unit at Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula, said the type of connection those two experienced in that moment was perhaps as healing as any drug.

“You can get sort of isolated an lonely in a disease like that – everybody wants to help, everybody wants to do something, but nobody’s really in your shoes or knows what it’s like,” she said. “Just seeing the picture is pretty powerful.”

Aside from her two pets, Blair doesn’t have any family in Missoula. She made quite a few friends during a two-decades-plus stint as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Western Montana. But her closest family – her son, her granddaughter – live elsewhere.

Jones, too, was alone except for a few good friends and her musical partners.

But the funny thing? Because of their grace – that grace that intersected for a moment in September – neither have carried the burdens of disease and recovery all alone.

Doctors, nutritionists, band mates and fans; neighbors, friends, fellow concert-goers – even a movie theater employee and a photographer: The angels were there all along, just waiting to be called.

“It’s one of the gifts of cancer, I guess,” said Blair. “I really think it’s an angelic kind of thing. And if there is a heaven, she’s singing right there along with them.”

-story by Zeke Campfield; photos by Alanya Wissink