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Former KFBB Personality Audrey Olson Helps Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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"So how's it feel to be back?"

"Walking down memory lane, it's wonderful."

Audrey Olson has lots of great memories from working here at KFBB. Interviewing some of the most famous people ever to step foot in great falls.

"It's one of the greatest pleasures of my life to be able to bring you him, one of the all-time greats in show business, Bob Hope. A great Montana welcome!"

Audrey has a lot of favorites.

"My favorite was the real Maria Von Trapp. Julie Andrews played that part in the Sound of Music. I asked her, what did you think of the movie, the Sound of Music, and she said, Well, I liked Julie but the rest of it was not accurate," Audrey says.

Never one to pull punches herself, Audrey said she got into TV because she had a "big mouth...charming smile... and distinctive voice". And viewers welcomed her 'Audrey's Show' into their homes for a decade.

"I said, you know, this isn't the days where every mother is working, they are still at home with the kids."

It's easy to see why people tuned in. Audrey is an absolute hoot!

"Now, this has got to be my favorite picture. That's you and Clint Eastwood."

"Your right, it's Clint. And I want you to know, I am giving this kiss my all, A-W-W-L, and look at this excitement on Clint's face, and then there is this sign that says 'antiques' and it's right over my head," Audrey remembers.

During her time here at the 'B' Audrey watched the station transform, literally. She was in the midst of her career in 1969 when our building on Vaughn Road burned to the ground.

"It affected your place of work, so I would it would have to had an effect I imagine?"

"My husband, Jack Olson was on his way fishing with a friend at 5 o'clock in the morning, and it was on Saturday, and they drove past, and he says the station is on fire," Audrey exclaims.

Audrey says Jack, a former KFBB general manager, and that friend were able to save valuable records but the building was destroyed. And a new, state of the art broadcast center was built where KFBB sits right now. It has changed some, but Audrey says it still feels like home.

"There's my old office.

"Does it look the same?"

"I didn't have a dog. Other than that, it hasn't changed much," Audrey says.

"This is our studio, I think it might not exactly look the same... But it's still kind of the same idea."

"And look at the color," Audrey replies

"Ha ha ha... yes."

After Audrey left the TV biz she worked for the school district for 19 years. Today, she still lives in Great Falls and keeps tabs on her old station .That's where her memories made were shared with the viewers who loved watching her every morning at 9.

"We're in an area where people remember you, and that's kind of nice," Audrey says.

And how could she not help celebrate the big day?

"I just want to say, "Happy 60th birthday to KFBB TV."

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