Podcast: The Next Chapter

Flathead Beacon Editor in Chief Kellyn Brown joins host Micah Drew to talk about the Flathead Beacon's transition to a digital-only news organization

By Micah Drew

Dig even deeper into the biggest stories of the last seven days with the Beacon’s weekly podcast.

On May 23, 2007, with the newspaper industry in steep decline, the Flathead Valley awoke to an unlikely new resident: a 24-page tabloid called the Flathead Beacon. The weekly paper, owned by television personality and part-time Bigfork resident Maury Povich, has produced 823 issues over the last 16 years, and on March 28th, the final print issue of the Beacon will hit newsstands in the Flathead Valley.

However, the Flathead Beacon news organization isn’t going away — it’s shifting to an online-only news outlet, with more, faster, and innovative ways of bringing breaking and in depth news to our readers. The Beacon will also retain a few print products in the form of its flagship magazine Flathead Living (on stands this week).

Beacon editor in chief Kellyn Brown joined the podcast to talk about the state of the news industry, the decision to stop printing the newspaper and what readers and supporters of the Flathead Beacon can expect from now on.

Later, host Micah Drew runs through the news of the week including passage of a gender-affirming care ban for transgender youth, continued expansion at Glacier Park International Airport, and summer construction plans in Glacier National Park.

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The music in this episode is “Thinking Music” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. The episode also features two songs from local singer/songwriter Mike Murray’s album We Are Like Warriors, “The Good Ol’ Days You’re In” and “Moment of Time,” used with permission.