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By Mick Holien

Even though I realize you are probably listening to your radio during the evening hours, I’ve been known to get hooked on a variety of television shows to spell my time.

I must confess however with the advent of Digital Video Recorders (DVR) I seldom take 60 minutes to watch an hour show, instead like most of you I suspicion slipping past the commercials and taking probably 48 minutes or so to consume an episode.

Sometimes I wonder why the cost of television advertising continues to increase when it seems it has less value with a preponderance of consumers doing likewise with the fast forward button.

Anyway it is about this time of year, right around the turn of the calendar that network and cable gurus start deciding what program won’t make the cut for next season.

It happens every season I’ll get hooked on a program or maybe just a character and folks obviously smarter than I determine I guess the numbers don’t support its continued airing.

One of my favorites for the last couple of years is Madame Secretary, in a less than popular and highly competitive Sunday at 8 p.m. time slot.

You probably have seen Sunday nights are challenging because of the chance that sporting events, running longer than scheduled, affects programming.

The CBS show is cutting edge in dealing with present day’s events and Tea Leoni does a credible job as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord to President Conrad Dalton portrayed by Keith Carradine.

Co-produced by Morgan Freeman, the show has a strong supporting class including Tim Daly as Henry, McCord’s husband and an Agency Operative.

However thisinsider.com has Secretary as the lowest ranked show and on social media as a show “on the bubble.”

I am a real James Spader fan largely because of his award winning three-Emmy work with William Shatner on Boston Legal.

But despite his star role on Blacklist, even with critical and creative acclaim the NBC show has continued to struggle and for years has been near the bottom of the most watched list.

Amobee Brand Intelligence, a company that advertises itself as measuring real-time content consumption on the internet and social media, also has the show on the hit list where it also is joined by CBS’s Elementary, NBC’s Blindspot, and Liam Neeson staring Taken on NBC.

I guess I should be excited about the new possibilities waiting in the wings to fill a vacant spot.

And you are going to be surprised about the list of the most watched headed by AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Just sayin’.





Catchin' Up

By Mick Holien

So are we really going to get a pleasant September or when that thermometer took the big dip last week was it just the precursor to that bite in the air that sends us to a different drawer in the dresser or maybe spot in the closet.

All I know is that one night I wore shorts and a Tee to the Osprey game in Missoula and after a rainout a day later I was in sweats and a warm-up jacket.

And thus maybe there won’t be a few of those post Labor Day boat wanderings when the majority of lake-stored boats rest comfortably on their perch and there’s no waiting at any of the marina fuel.

But since the smoke stifled most of our wanderings I just would not be surprised if the locals push the envelope a bit when we’re blessed with an 80-degree day but I think the post dinner opportunities are certainly looking limited.

Don’t get me wrong – I like living in a four season neighborhood but I have to admit when it gets here so quick it takes some getting used to.

But we can be distracted from water activities with the arrival of school days and fall activities and sports.

Here on Holien acres where I didn’t even see the gully below the house for about a month, let alone Flathead Lake, my good buddy is deep into outfitting the lift van we located with necessary apparatus to tool behind the driver’s wheel after the lift raises me off the ground and into the rig.

Just one problem without yet a viable solution there is no button or switch to open and close the sliding door.

So if I arrive I’ll need your help to slide the door open and close.

But people have been so gracious in helping to load and unload my scooter on the back of my old-school colored rig, I don’t foresee too much of a problem.

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Words from Where

By Mick Holien

You often hear phrases uttered full well thinking they have aptly described a scenario when in fact what they have done is to describe something or maybe someone with words with a commonality but have little or nothing to do with what is happening.

In other words those three dozen or so words did little to further your understanding of what I intend to explain as in to continues

Now I don’t want you to be taken back by my A-1 attempt to hold you back as I make an above board Adam’s Apple try to work against the grain.

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A Treasure or Two

By Mick Holien
With the long overdue induction of Bob Costas into the broadcaster wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, I decided I would part ways with a few of my autographed baseballs  signed by fellow Hall members.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be carrying a baseball when I encountered some of the best of the best mostly in a shared venue. 
And interestingly after being asked to autograph a couple of baseballs while working for the Osprey I can tell you I had no idea how difficult it is to sign a baseball.
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9-11

By Mick Holien

There are several dates that stick in the minds of people of my generation – That is born a couple of years before what has become described as baby boomers.

December 7, 1941 is first chronologically for me and I was fortunate enough to walk on the U.S.S. Arizona

Memorial deck on the 50th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor which has even personalized the date for me even though it was a couple of years before my birth.

November 22, 1963 has even more special significance because of being in the military when John F. Kennedy. Since I was on active duty when he was assassinated in Dallas, he was my Commander in Chief when the country fell immediately in turmoil and my duty station went on immediate alert..

The assassination of Martin Luther King April 4, 1968 followed by the death of Robert F Kennedy June 6. 1968 has less of a profound effect probably because I was out of the country.

But June 18, 1980 found me scrambling to get across Washington state to my Spokane home in order to fly to Louisville for the National bowling tournament. I have told you all that story before but the date continuers to remain highly significance.

When the Challenger exploded (1-28-86) claiming the lives of seven I was news director at KGVO in Missoula and spent the next several hours assembling local reaction and coordinating it with the CBS broadcasts.

It was my first exposure to the value and immediacy of local news as I felt like I had the world on a chain and I could pull it in for the benefit of my listeners who at that time depended on the news-talk format we were providing.

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Osprey Fly

By Mick Holien

Having just finished a stint with the Missoula Osprey is a welcome relief today, no not because the professional season is over, but rather it frees me from driving the peril that we know as Highway 93.

And the perils were inevitable late last week and again the first of this week as every imaginable kind of vehicle traveled north then south marking the beginning of the end to Tourist 2018.

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Drake

By Mick Holien

Having just finished a stint with the Missoula Osprey is a welcome relief today, no not because the professional season is over, but rather it frees me from driving the peril that we know as Highway 93.

And the perils were inevitable late last week and again the first of this week as every imaginable kind of vehicle traveled north then south marking the beginning of the end to Tourist 2018.

Everything seems to take place simultaneously with school starting, fall sports beckoning the school age to toil their wares in one pursuit or another and then of course there is football attracting fans of baseball’s also-rans to lament their team’s failure and head to cheer for the fortunes of their anointed mostly still unbeaten team in a different sport.

I completely enjoyed my time with the Osprey they too saw their lineup scuttled when three of the league’s top players were upgraded to help Hillsboro, an additional Diamondback franchise, tries to gain a post season berth.

Being a Mariner fan that sometimes stays up into the night hoping for a rally nothing could have been more disheartening than to read of a Seattle clubhouse brawl.

The melee mostly was put off by the manager as just one those things and bygones will be bygones but for a fan like me pleased his team is even in the hunt when I’ve become accustomed to smiling over how many games over even they are.

My pro football allegiances also rest in the Emerald City but it is getting more difficult to be a Seahawk fan when players now move around so much with free agency and the like.

The Grizzlies already started raising expectations then disappointments for some that the spread wasn’t sufficiently wide to satisfy and with the likes of non-schlorship Pioneer League foe Drake they’ll be looking for dominance.

And who can’t be pleased about the rebirth of Bobby Ball even though there are those who were less than happy about the scoreless second half    

I guess they expected a ranked team to just call in the second 30 minutes, sticking with their game plan without adjustment.  

Some things will stick out but not the score. Griz prevail 24-10.

Just sayin’


Is it Really?

By Mick Holien

So are we really going to get a pleasant September or when that thermometer took the big dip last week was it just the precursor to that bite in the air that sends us to a different drawer in the dresser or maybe spot in the closet.

All I know is that one night I wore shorts and a Tee to the Osprey game in Missoula and after a rainout a day later I was in sweats and a warm-up jacket.

And thus maybe there won’t be a few of those post Labor Day boat wanderings when the majority of lake-stored boats rest comfortably on their perch and there’s no waiting at any of the marina fuel.

But since the smoke stifled most of our wanderings I just would not be surprised if the locals push the envelope a bit when we’re blessed with an 80-degree day but I think the post dinner opportunities are certainly looking limited.

Don’t get me wrong – I like living in a four season neighborhood but I have to admit when it gets here so quick it takes some getting used to.

But we can be distracted from water activities with the arrival of school days and fall activities and sports.

Here on Holien acres where I didn’t even see the gully below the house for about a month, let alone Flathead Lake, my good buddy is deep into outfitting the lift van we located with necessary apparatus to tool behind the driver’s wheel after the lift raises me off the ground and into the rig.

Just one problem without yet a viable solution there is no button or switch to open and close the sliding door.

So if I arrive I’ll need your help to slide the door open and close.

But people have been so gracious in helping to load and unload my scooter on the back of my old-school colored rig, I don’t foresee too much of a problem.

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Smile

By Mick Holien

You remember.

People might say when eying a disgruntled look – Hey you know it takes more facial muscles to frown than to smile.

Oh poppycock I thought lingering in front of the bathroom mirror yet surprised I certainly was to find reference indicating indeed it takes an additional facial muscle to frown than to smile – actually a half dozen while that brow wrinkling frown probably employees at least up to 20 muscles.

Now that is just a ballpark observation because we all make a frown or a smile in different ways probably rendering the study useless yet wondering from where the observation was made.

My favorite shirt-tail philosopher was UCLA basketball coach John Wooden who patterned his life with observations of his Pyramid of Success and even non sporting fans know he had his share of success.

But again the thoughts of Winston Churchill also add credence to the discussion.

“It doesn’t seem to be too much use to be anything else,” he wrote about obtaining and retaining optimism have found it useful when I feel less than optimistic to look at negative events as being temporary.

If you have listened to me much you’ve heard me describe disappointing or even trying times during athletics when the Griz were trailing but pointing out “we’ve got em right where we want em.
It has always been my way of describing that anything can happen and often does to bring Montana back into a contest.

You might question my realism in such situations but amazingly it’s a lot of fun when a turn-around occurs.

I love it when a plan comes together.

One study I ran across that optimism can even be related to life longevity and could help healing and disease.

A large scientific study found optimists better of, in better shape and pleased to be so except for often living solitarily.


McCain will be missed

By Mick Holien

While many have their own interpretation there just is not a single adjective to describe John McCain.

The Arizona senior senator who died Saturday at his home was a significant factor in whatever he endeavored although while recognizing what he described as many faults and mistakes.

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Let It Ring I say

By Mick Holien

Sitting at a monthly board meeting of the Boys and Girls Club, it didn’t exactly come to me as an original idea.

But when the first ring of a personalized cellular phone call pierced the air, it came to me.

No not what you think that it should be recommended at all meetings to either put your phone on airplane mode, rumble or turn it off completely.

Even the most consciousness of us should remember to do that but invariably it’s mine that quacks.

No it’s deeper than the obvious.

That special salutation that in some cases when it rings one actually would rather listened to George and Amarillo then have a legend answer his phone.

Others screech with the Alumni fight song, especially this time of year and of course I’m OK with that one.

But other personalization, not just a cell phone snooze, I think tells us even more about a person

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Twas an active weekend

By Mick Holien

To say I welcome raucous weekend activities is an understatement.

It is just making judgment over where and what to put puts extreme onus on this IMO.

I really think one with a little investigation could find excellent and diverse music the entire week yet the lingering smoke coupled with near record temps I think eventually weighs a bit.

The highlight for me was the Vox Vessel on the big water for the third and fourth sojourn already passing last year’s meager total.

And after super wrench “Carl” put the hammer on things she purrs like a …well too close to football. I’m, not going to say it.

I took the water route to the Big Stage and certainly appreciate all the kind words at seemingly all venues about listening to the program.

And for those folks who yelled at me and I didn’t immediately recognize them, the old eyesight just isn’t what it used to be and I couldn’t see you.

Nut special thanks to that flotilla that rescued me when I got let loose to aimlessly drift downstream without power.

It took me a bit to get to the helm but great conversation afterward.

Well we are really in the gridiron countdown now and since I am credentialed this season if you happen to be a sports fan, you’ll often hear things here either exclusively or initially.

That little salvo I dropped about baseball is to do with an exciting announcement for me and I hope for you about going to the mike for a little end of season professional stint.

Baseball has always been my love and I especially enjoy the time to share stories and remembrances that started on the professional fan level for me pretty early since this town’s play-by-play guy, the Voice of the Indians, lived across the street from me in the Lilac City.

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Storage Wars

By Mick Holien

With some 1,000 storage units either already built or facing construction one has to ask do we all just have too much stuff.

And while I hesitate to call it junk – full well realizing that one person’s junk is another’s treasure – do we have too much junk?

When I first moved to Missoula in the early eighties, I worked at a business that had a lot of unused land close to its retail operation.

And coming from the Tri Cities of Washington where the economy had been brisk thus prompting purchase of extra items without a location I suggested we build a block of storage units and handle the management without extra employees by running it through the existing retail operation.

So what did we do?

That particular idea, far ahead of its time, fell flat yet now there are at least a quartet of storage until operations in the same west-side neighborhood.
Oh well opportunity lost.

But I can’t imagine the number of various size storage units have been built and made some folks a butt-load of money since then.

Locally the latest of what I will describe as foresight is currently under construction on Highway 35.

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Anoother Monster Weekend

By Mick Holien

Vital parts of the Summerfest celebration annually attract a plethora of folks who might not be drawn to downtown Polson streets.

And that is just what some tourists – yes we are a tourist attraction – attempt to do is return to areas where they previously enjoyed themselves or somewhere they are attracted to because they never have visited there.

For me before I moved to this magic place some 13 years ago it was yearly I felt compelled to go to the Black Hills with of course that accompanying trip to Wall Drug.

Then there is a cruise to an exotic trip to warmth and conversely through the inside passage in Alaska.

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Signatures u

By Mick Holien

IMO decided with the opening of Dude’s I would put a few things on the sales block more or less to gauge interest and then purchase price.

There are several unique things to learn about my mostly autograph collection.

Because I traveled all over the country with a baseball or two packed away for convenience you’ll find I have obtained many signatures where my baseball may be the sole one they ever sign.

Even when I did obtain say a basketball signed by a hoopster they may or may not be personalized not necessarily to me but rather with pertinent stats of their career.

Like say Pat Donovan:

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Collect

By Mick Holien

IMO decided with the opening of Dude’s I would put a few things on the sales block more or less to gauge interest and then purchase price.

There are several unique things to learn about my mostly autograph collection.

Because I traveled all over the country with a baseball or two packed away for convenience you’ll find I have obtained many signatures where my baseball may be the sole one they ever sign.

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Oh-HiO

By Mick Holien

It seems strange to be concerned about getting winterizing completed when the calendar has just changed to the eighth month but indeed while the large majority haven’t even seemed to have gotten their feet wet – well anyway how quickly time flies when you are having fun.

One thing that sure is noticeable - not like I would notice - is water temperature in Flathead Lake – everyone tells me it is almost tepid like bath water.

And you know my deal: If I am telling you about water temperature it means just one thing –that I have fallen off Vox Vessel and into the water.

Now don’t get me wrong. I actually love any water and especially lake water.

It seems I have lived few places in my life where I wasn’t close to some kind of water but now unfortunately it is just too hard to either walk out or get out and into the boat.

And here we are on the first Tuesday of a month and you know what that means – Election Day somewhere.

Outcomes that in past years were insignificant to us suddenly hit the “all election all the time” television stations have already in the first hour analyzed not just an individual vote but how that determination fits in the short run and also in the grand election scale as the Dems attempt push to hang on to all things for all-buddies.

If past bumper years (mid-terms) are any indication the Presidents party, except for two situations held on to leadership. But has there ever been this degree of polarization?

I think not.

I considered grabbing the ‘Better Half,” dropping her at one of the partys and heading to the winner’s take over but after talking to her earlier in the day I think if the numbers fell to the wrong for me party silence and a separation might well be in the offing.

Yes it is true – Our votes, like my Mom and Dads – basically cancel each other out but then again that is the way of our Democracy.

Just sayin’


A Little Baseball

By Mick Holien

Here I am on a Monday night and unusually there is quite an open spot in the center of my desk.

Now that might seem strange that I point that out to you in the opening of a program but really I had to make astronomical alterations in the way I do business just to claim that two-by-three desk spot that really isn’t that functional but honestly it really gives me some piece of mind.

It could represent that my bills are current and it is only 20 percent of the way through the month.

It could mean I have given up on that stack of catalogs that I am never going to wade through and even if I did it would only lead to wasteful purchases.

Or it could even mean I have purchased a larger desk to add to the conglomeration a quartet I have situated in front of my north-facing window where I gaze at Flathead Lake from a couple of miles but just a waning thought away.

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Finally to the Hall

By Mick Holien

It took a while.

Jordan Montana finally will be recognized for more than the Freeman and the 2006 discovery of one of the world’s greatest fossils – tabbed dueling dinosaurs - native son Jerry Kramer (born there in 1936) at last takes his place among the pro football elite.

And the player barely identified in the famous photo hoisting Vince Lombardi on his shoulders after making the block that led Bart Starr into the end zone in the NFL Championship game in the so called Ice Bowl game now gains his due recognition.
And even more than that Packer fans – wait for it – right after this time out.

Yes and it is true while Jerry was born in the Treasure State and I claim White Salmon Wash as my birthplace, we both attended Farman Grade School in Sandpoint Idaho

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The? Ohio State University

By Mick Holien

I hardly can even remember the day when we could celebrate the purity of sports.

The controversy of the day stayed removed from the particular game season and we were left to discern among ourselves the merits for going for in on fourth down, utilizing an onside kick far before it was the sole way to gain an extra possession, squeeze that run from third even if a sacrifice fly would accomplish the same and maybe with less risk or ride the favorite even if the odds leave little money to be made.

But there somewhere down the line it all changed or has it been like this all along and there is just so much more needed scrutiny.

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few Items

By Mick Holien

Wow here it is August and Graz football practice opens just a week from today.

We’ll call it Bobby Ball Redux and since the successes of his seven-year tenure have faded into our collective consciousness I’ll just let the march to the Century mark of wins and the manner it takes speak for itself.

One thing I know he will become the most successful football mentor in University of Montana history.

It was recently pointed out to me that it had been so long since the “Boom Crew”: came to fruition there was a segment of our fan base that has no memory of where it all came from.

Now I certainly can’t remember what year it occurred but in their wisdom the NCAA notified UM Athletics that the cannon could not be used to signal a Griz TD.

I guess its frequency must have intimidated all those early teams sent to Missoula as real “cannon fodder.”

So those fine folks at KZOQ, competitors of us at KGVO mind you, bought up a block of tickets in the northeast section of the stadium and filled them with their listeners who after a Griz score not only supplied a collective “BOOM” but brought to let the rest of us know what they were doing.

Thus the “BOOM CREW” was born.

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