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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

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

 

 

 

Win free tickets, food for Dad!
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.

 

Last fall we asked you to send us your bad tattoos, and boy did you deliver!

We learned about one woman’s dragon tat that ended up looking like a beheaded fish, saw an example of some fine prison art – that wasn’t actually done in prison, and laughed a little at the woman who got her son’s name and date of birth on her arm, only to realize after the fact that the date was wrong!

In fact, we were so impressed that we’ve decided to do it again.

Yep, starting April 2nd send us a photo or description of your bad tattoo and how you’d like to cover it up, and we’ll give away a $100 gift card to The Steel Paintbrush in Hamilton every Friday through the end of the month.

And to really bolster the prize, we’ll throw in an extra $75 for the final Friday (April 27th). That one will go to the listener with the most unique tat idea.

Follow THIS LINK or click the button below to register for free. And in the meantime, head on over to The Steel Paintbrush’s Facebook page to learn all about their skills and services.

Good luck, and happy freakin’ spring from 105.9 Jack FM and The Steel Paintbrush!

 

 

 

 

 

Spring ink giveaway!
Get your Jack Sack on!

Montana Lottery and 105.9 JackFM invite you to try your luck at a Jack Sack!

Starting Feb. 26, when you hear the cue text LUCKY to us at (406) 848-1059 to be entered to win one of 10 lucky Jack Sacks.

What’s inside?

Well, that’s the catch. Jack’s not telling.

But you can expect some Montana Lottery scratchers, maybe some FREE concert tickets, a gift card or two to your favorite local businesses … If you’re REALLY lucky you might take home some sweet Jack schwag! Each Jack Sack is a little bit different than the next, but some sacks are luckier than others!

We’ll collect names and numbers throughout each weekday and then pick two lucky Jack Sack winners every Friday in March!

So, you got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, Jackhead?