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Staff Members, L to R:
Diane Odenbach, Office Manager
Justin Vander Veur, General Manager/On-Air
Connie Mullet, Sales Manager
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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and had the
opportunity to be raised by Christian parents and under the sound of
biblical teaching. Christian
radio was part of my formation.
Little did I know that years later I would have the chance to work in
educated for much of my education from a Christian perspective, including a
biblical studies major. After my
education, I taught in a Christian school before moving to Washington, DC
where I had the opportunity to be exposed to different aspects of the
federal government and those who seek to influence our federal government.
worked at a Christian radio station for several years that has similar
programming to KGLE. I am
thankful for the good people I worked with and learned from during this
period. As we were
listener-supported, we saw the faithfulness of God providing through His
name is Laura Beth who has spent time teaching in the United States and
around the world while furthering her education.
Some listeners have heard her on the radio illustrating her love of
studying and sharing the Bible through her speaking background.
one son, Joshua, who is a joy to be around as we watch him grow.
In our time in the Glendive area, many people, including KGLE staff
and board members, have been helpful to us for which we are grateful.
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Merle and I have been a part of
KGLE for many years beginning when the radio station was purchased from
Enterprise Network. We both have always had a heart for the station
and I count it a blessing to now be a part of this ministry as sales rep.
While many are familiar with my husband most don’t know as much about me.
I was born and raised in Michigan, the second child and only daughter of a
Surge dairy products salesman. I accepted the Lord as my Savior at a
young age. My desire is to serve the Lord where ever He places me. Merle &
I met at college in Harrisonburg, VA and lived as newlyweds in Florida.
In our 5th year of marriage we found ourselves moving to Montana
to farm with Merle’s family. While planting and growing crops, we also
began growing our family of four, three sons and one daughter. Our
oldest two sons live in Minneapolis with four of our grandchildren.
Our daughter and husband are on staff with Campus Crusade in Portland, OR
and we have two more grandchildren there. Our youngest son is working
locally with the gas part of the oil production. I appreciate our
listeners’ loyalty to KGLE. Thank you for supporting businesses that
advertise on our radio station and letting them know you appreciate them
lived my first six years in Vananda, Montana, the fourth of seven children born
to Jake & Norma Saur. There
were one or two years between each of us kids.
The first five of us were girls, and the last two were boys.
My father was a wheat farmer and had a small gas station in Vananda.
When my father went to meet his Heavenly Father after being ill with lung
cancer, my family moved to Billings, Montana.
from playing “King of the
Hill” on the dirt piles from the nearby building projects to having a parade
down the street, featuring our dog, “Peanuts” in a red wagon. We have a very good mother, who was always there when we
needed her. We attended church and
Sunday school every Sunday.
and closest friends growing up were my sisters. We did everything together
When I was
thirteen I lost my younger sister, Susan to a malignant brain tumor.
Susan was always a loving and caring child.
One of her strong points was that she could save money and other things.
One time I remember her bedroom stinking SO bad, that my mother had to literally take her room apart to find
out what was causing the odor. Underneath
her mattress was a hardboiled egg, which she had saved from Easter!
When I was nineteen I lost one of my older sisters,
Cheryl to a malignant brain tumor. Cheryl
was a vibrant and loving girl who was always protective of her family.
A lot of the times she would let me hang out with her and her
friends…which I thought was pretty cool since they were older than me.
sisters' deaths brought my family and I closer to the Lord.
Instead of just believing in God, we yearned to have a closer relationship with Him
and started reading our Bible seeking God’s Will for our lives.
We then felt that the Lord had led us to the First Alliance Church in
Billings. Which is where I met the
love of my life, Bill Odenbach.
Bill and I
joined in holy matrimony on August 21st, 1982 and made our home in
Glendive. Shortly after we were
married, I went to work for KIVE-FM Radio which was then being managed by Paul
Malone. At that time the Enterprise
Network owned both KIVE and KGLE so Maria Jorgenson, who was KGLE’s secretary
at that time, trained me. Little
did I know that at that time God was preparing me for the job here at KGLE.
God is SO Good! I worked
at KIVE Radio for less than two years before beginning our family. We have since then been blessed with two terrific children,
Alicia and Andy.
to work at KGLE on March 1, 1999. This
job has been a true blessing to me! I can’t believe that I actually have a job where one of the
fringe benefits is listening to Christian radio. God is SO Good!
I was born in Terry,
Montana in 1966 and grew up in a Montanan Christian home as all good cowboyz
do! As I got older I felt the sweet calling of the wild world and had to try
my hand at being a prodigal son and stepped away from the Lord because, well
he wouldn’t and couldn’t go to the places and do the things I thought I
needed to investigate. Big mistake! Due to a prayin’ grandma, thankfully God
never left me but kept a watchful eye on me. As I rode the Rodeo Buckin’
Bronc of life, he or I always ended up entering this cowboy into a Calf
rope’n contest where I was the Calf gettin’ stretched out.
Then one day
in 97 as I was wrestlin’ and fight’n and trying to hold onto my worldly ways
I realized I was fight’n with myself and I needed to give into his
prompting. After a lot of hem-haw’n around and feeling awkward, I gave in
and handed my lead over to this man in the white cowboy hat, Jesus Christ
and went from Bronc Ridin’ to Bull Ridin’. Some may say that’s going from
bad to worse and they may just be right. But what happened is I went from
fight’n with myself to wrestlin’ the man in black and I don’t mean Johnny
Cash. So now when I get thrown to the ground and stepped on, Jesus is always
there with his outstretched hand to help me up. Some hits are harder then
others but that’s ok because I know he’s right there with me.
I Love You Jesus!
Now in the spring of
I loaded up the covered wagon and hit the trail for Terry, Montana to set up
homestead over the
summer and in the fall of 98 the Lord impressed on my heart to saddle up the
horse and head to Glendive to check out this here KGLE operation. I
looked’er over a while, then asked to speak to the ram rod of the outfit who
turned out to be Cowboy Jimmie McBride, a good man in the Lords Posse. We
talked it over a bit and I thought it a good idea to sign on here at KGLE
and be a part of the round’n up and brand’in of lost or hungry souls. I
started doing this and that on the weekends and as my responsibilities grew
I agreed to stay on full time. Would I take up the selling of air time?
Yeah, I was confounded a while about that til I figured out that meant
selling advertising. I was also privileged to be able to speak into the tin
can ever so often along with other what not. That took place in the fall of
20-double-aught, for you city folk that’s 2000 and I’ve been doing that ever
which is a good thing as I’ve been through a few rough patches between now
and back then but the clouds broke and the Sonshined on me when He brought a
wonderful little missy with a kind, gentle and loving heart into my life in
the winter of 2012. I finally got her roped and we were hitched in the fall
of 2014, then the Lord blessed us with a bundle of joy in the summer of
2016. She’s turning into a spirited little filly with a mind of her own
which can be a handful at times, Hahahaha we love it as it keeps things
lively around the place.
I don’t know where the Lord will lead this Cowboy but I believe and trust it
will be a happy trail.