Felix Belmont jokingly attributes his 100 years on this earth to drinking a glass of scotch — on the rocks — daily and liking “beautiful women.”
The subject of the film, “Felix,” the veteran KVNF radio DJ, out of Paonia, explained his life with humorous anecdotes throughout the short film. He also went into further detail about himself in front of an audience during the Mountainfilm on Tour event Saturday inside a packed Montrose Pavilion.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have very good health and I’m still alive,” Belmont said of his longevity.
When he made it up to the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd.
A joke in the film, which was made when Belmont was 99, was that the disc jockey only had “one big obligation” in life and that was to still be alive for his 100th birthday party. He’s obviously made it as he celebrated his century mark back in June.
While on stage Saturday night, he made reference that coming to the Mountainfilm on Tour event, he had another promise to keep.
“I do have one big obligation and that is to thank you … for inviting me here tonight,” said Belmont, who started with KVNF in the early 1970s.
This was the 13th year for the film tour to hit Montrose. It was put on by Community Options and Uncompahgre Valley Association; and is a fundraiser for both entities.
Community Options provides support services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Montrose, Delta, Gunnison, San Miguel, Ouray and Hinsdale counties. Uncompahgre Valley Association is a non-profit community group of Western Colorado Congress. It is an alliance for community action helping residents’ quality of life in Montrose County.
The event’s films were selected from the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival shown. Ten short movies shown altogether, with an intermission following the sixth one.
The pictures didn’t have local stories, but some had international topics. One such short movie was called “RJ Ripper.” It was about the development of mountain biking in Nepal.
Other short movie, “Loved by All: The Story of Apa Sherpa,” features a man who has summited Mount Everest 21 times.
The night, though, was for Belmont, who in the film says he may be the world’s oldest public radio host.
Belmont first got his start on KVNF in his 60s. He explained the program he hosts, “Stop Time,” features his favorite kind of music: big bands that were popular in the 1930s and 40s.
Belmont explained why that’s his favorite genre is because music that followed that era “you couldn’t understand what they’re singing” about.
He was able to see some of the greats of that time play as pre-fame Glenn Miller and his orchestra played at his high school senior prom in 1940.
One attendee asked the veteran host how he got the name for “Stop Time,” which Belmont answered by saying he’s not sure.
“I really don’t know how it got to be started or what it really means,” said Belmont, which got a big round of laughter. “Maybe because it’s stop time and what they’re really trying to tell me is, ‘Get the hell of the air.’”
He also detailed his 100th birthday where he “didn’t break any records that day” as two Paonia residents stopped by who were 102 and 104.
After a few questions, Belmont thanked the crowd before being whisked away to thunderous applause.
“That’s enough about me,” Belmont said. “Thank you very much. I’m so delighted to be here tonight.”
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.