After spending two years in Tucson, Ariz., Richie Melby returned to Montana as the sports director at KTVH in 2016. After 18 months on the anchor desk, Richie has transitioned into a digital-first role with www.montanasports.com.

Richie graduated from Montana State Billings in 2008 with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication. He got his start at KTVQ in Billings before moving to Great Falls in January 2009, where he was the sports director at KRTV. Richie moved to Tucson in 2014, where he covered many great athletes at the University of Arizona. But, as a Hi-line native, Richie was pulled back to Montana in January 2016. He has a strong relationship with Montanans and enjoys telling the stories of local athletes, coaches and teams.

Richie spends his free time with his beautiful wife, Fallon, and their two kids – a Yorkshire Terrier named Tinker, the boss of the house, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rosie.

If you would like to contact Richie, he can be reached by email at richie@ktvh.com or on Twitter (@RichieMelby), or you can like him on Facebook.



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After spending two years in Tucson, Ariz., Richie Melby returned to Montana as the sports director at KTVH in 2016. After 18 months on the anchor desk, Richie has transitioned into a digital-first role with www.montanasports.com. He is a Hi-line native and has a strong relationship with Montanans and enjoys telling the stories of local athletes, coaches and teams.

12 COMMENTS

  1. In reading your story regarding the Glacier vs. Helena High Game last Friday, you stated, “The Bengals received the second half kickoff but Glacier’s Jaxen Hashley, a Montana State football commit, sacked Winterburn and forced a fumble. Kellen Bemis recovered for the Wolfpack and this time Grady Bennett’s program would capitalize on the turnover.”

    The fumble was caused by #55 – Jarrett Kessler.

  2. Hope you look at Larry Quisel he was a 2x state champ 4x placer. He wrestled for Boise state was a 4x NCAA DIV 1 qualifier. He was runner up his senior year and took 3rd his junior year.

    • Hello Silas, appreciate your comment and the interest in our #MTTop20. Larry’s name is certainly on our list and we will be highlighting his accolades as the countdown continues. There have been some incredible wrestlers in our state’s history, so narrowing this down has been no easy task, but we’re pretty pleased with the list we have come up with, particularly the Top 10! Stay tuned. -Richie

  3. You missed a person who should have been mentioned in your articles, but for an injury he may have become the best. He is Jim Darlington of Ronan. He graduated in 1976 as Montana’s 2nd 4x champ. He was the only 4x champion at upper weight classes until Ben Stroh. He was Montana’s fist “Dream Team” All-American. He won at 145, 167, 185, 185. He had 78 straight wins. He didn’t lose from early his sophomore year. He beat everyone he ever lost to.

    As a Senior in High School, he took 2nd in the Regional Olympic tryouts (as did Roger Jore). He won the Western Nationals and was MVP of tourney. He beat future 2x NCAA 190 Champion, Eric Wais and future NCAA Heavy Weight champ, Howard Harris to win the title.

    Jim won the AAU 16 – 18 year old National Championship in both Greco Roman and freestyle (as did Roger Jore) beat one of the Severen brothers. He took second in the 18-20 age division, losing only to a top 4 NCAA placer. He and Roger traveled with the National Junior team to Turkey and Europe. The Junior US team trained with the Olympic team.

    Jim had every major wrestling university in the US recruiting him. He went to Oklahoma. One of his first matches was defeating a returning All-American from Oklahoma State. Oklahoma was thrilledwitht their top recruit. Jim was ranked in the top 5 (at 177) his complete true freshman year. He took second place in two of the top tourneys in the country during regular season. He ended up blowing out his knee in the Big 8 Tourney.

    He had reconstructive knee surgery and red shirted the next year. He returned the year after that and won the Big 8 title at 177. He was the 6th seed at tourney and lost in his second match. I believe he tweeked his knee in the loss and did not wrestle in the wrestle backs. That ended up being his last match ever. He never really regained his total potential after the knee surgery. That type of surgery was not as advanced as it is today.

    Jim was a great athlete at Ronan. Averaged 10 or 11 yards a carry as a running back his Senior year and 9 his Junior year. He held the Class A shot put record for many years. He was recruited by D1 football teams such as Stanford, Michigan State and others.

    I believe Jim was superior to many on your list. He may have been overlooked since he was only able to wrestle two years at Oklahoma. He may be overlooked since it was 41 years ago and people forget how great he was. I would say he was superior to Todd, Stroh, Owens, Deedan. Smith, Barrett, Campbell, Nedens, Quisal, Reese, Rauser, Currier to name a few. He was the most dominant wrestler I ever saw in Montana High School. He was poetry in motion on the mat. But for the injury I believe he would have won at least 2 NCAA Championships. He would be up there with Davis, the Zadick brothers, and Eggum.

    Please talk to Dave Edington the guy who coached Jim at Ronan. Jim Darlington and Roger Jore were arguably the best tandum to be on the same wrestling team in Montana history. Both All-Americans. Roger originally signed with Oklahoma but decided to go to Wyoming. He was tearing it up as a true Freshman but dropped out of school (I believe academic issues). Their Soph. year, there was another All-American in Ronan. Bill McCready. He won the National Junior Championship and traveled to the Soviet Union and Mongolia with the national team. Wrestled for a year at BYU, being named “New Comer” of the year in the old WAC. He made a good showing in the NCAA tourney as a true freshman. He quit after one year (Academic issues). Bill’s younger brother who also a senior with Jim and Roger, won the National Junior College Championship at Ricks College. Ronan had some great teams.

    Please research Jim. He was incredible.

    • Hello JR! I appreciate the detailed message regarding Jim. We certainly have done our research and chatted with a few coaches regarding Jim, and will be mentioning him, along with a good number of others, in our Honorable Mentions list on Thursday evening. You are correct, the injury was certainly unfortunate and it would have been great to see what else he could accomplish if not for injury. Still, he certainly deserves credit for all he did achieve and we will be giving him that later on in the week. We appreciate your interest in our #MTTop20, which we hoped would bring discussions exactly like this! -Richie

  4. Thank you for your response. Ronan wrestling in 70s and 80s should always be mentioned along with the Butte, Sidney and Havre teams that came later. Montana has many great wrestlers to choose from.

    One addition, I don’t know if any other Montana wrestler was ever rated in the top 5 in their weight class for the NCAA, as a true freshman, like Jim Darlington was.

  5. The post you made “Stroh, Weber win NAIA wrestling titles for MSU-Northern; UGF places two” On the second picture you listed Brandon Weber on the left side. That is actually Dylan Veis…

    • Hello Dakota, looks like you are correct. The photo was properly mis-labeled as “Brandon Weber” in our database. I searched for a photo of Brandon and that popped up – I didn’t even notice! Appreciate the heads up. Enjoy your week.

  6. Richie, Did you really just call out a sophomore football player for a “bonehead play” on the evening news? You should consider yourself so lucky that no one follows you around with a camera and points out your mistakes as stupid on the evening news. Nobody is perfect as you just proved. In the least you owe that young man an apology!

    • Hello Kyle. I am not the anchor seen/heard in that video. I’m the author that wrote the story and added the scores, but have nothing to do with what was said/shown on the television side. -Richie

  7. Cole Catlin…senior goal keeper for RMC is from BILLINGS West High School not BILLINGS Central. That was a different person.

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