Tell Us Something never announces storytellers before the event!
We do this for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason is because we want people to come to the live events to listen to their community share stories. We are avoiding the temptation to use big names to draw crowds. (And there are some big names that live in Missoula).
And those big names are part of this community, of course. We've had big names share stories in the past, and we may have big names again. We want EVERY storyteller to be listened to, and not announcing the names ahead of time helps accomplish that.