Beth Judy Interview, November 16, 2017


Beth Judy


Hannah Soukup



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Beth Judy discusses how she came to work as a radio producer at In Other Words and how it helped her develop the professional skills she needed to work in radio full time. She discusses her time as a feminist activist in Atlanta, Georgia, and how In Other Words also supported feminism through its mission of radio “by women, for women.” Judy details the format of the show, some of the technical difficulties the producers learned to solve, and how she and the other volunteers came up with different ideas for the show each week. She recalls the camaraderie that developed among her and the other women while working on the show. Judy notes that the show was produced and run by volunteers rather than paid staff, and many of them weren’t radio professionals, which contributed to the “homemade” quality of the show that she feels characterized Missoula radio at that time. She also talks about the women with whom she worked including Linda “Lin” Smith, Ann Szalda-Petree, Janet Scott, and Jane Ragsdale.


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Document Type

Oral History


In Other Words, Montana Public Radio; Women in radio; Feminism; Feminist activism; Women’s Opportunity and Resource Development [WORD]; Bryony Schwan; Women’s Voices for the Earth [WVE]; Community volunteerism; Beth Judy, Missoula, Linda Smith, Missoula; Ann Szalda-Petree, Missoula; Janet Scott; Jane Ragsdale; Rita De Andrea

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

In Other Words Oral History Project, OH 457, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 457-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 (00:47:27 min.): digital + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:47:27 minutes

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OH_457_002.mp3; OH_457_002.pdf

Beth Judy Interview, November 16, 2017