Christina Kuzmych

General Manager

Phone:307-766-4241
Email: ckuzmych@uwyo.edu  

General Manager Christina Kuzmych joined Wyoming Public Media in June, 2011, bringing 27 years of public broadcasting experience to Wyoming.

Kuzmych serves as President of PRIMA (Public Radio in Mid America), a position she has held since 2009.  She is an active leader and member of several  professional organizations including Western States Public Radio, and serves on committees dealing with public broadcasting legislative issues as well as initiatives in new technology.  For a full biography click here.

Terry Allen

The Meet-and-Greet is a WPR tradition that takes the General Manger out of the office and into Wyoming’s cities and towns to meet with listeners and hear their thoughts. Often other WPR staff members traveling through the state on assignments join in the fun and add to the conversation.

The Meet-and-Greet is a WPR tradition that takes the General Manger out of the office and into Wyoming’s cities and towns to meet with listeners and hear their thoughts. Often other WPR staff members traveling through the state on assignments join in the fun and add to the conversation.

Diana Denison

When Jarl Mohn, NPR’s new CEO, first mentioned that he planned to make a short trip across the U.S in a single-engine plane, dropping in on stations along the way, Wyoming Public Radio got on the list. We were warned that if selected, we would have to be ready immediately, and we would have to flexible just in case weather and flight logistics got in the way. In short, the plan needed to be quick, simple, and adjustable.  No disappointment if it didn’t happen!

Dear WPM Members and Listeners--

Members matter!  We can’t do it without you!

You will hear this message often during the Spring 2014 Fund Drive.  And it’s true – more than 60% of WPM’s operating funding comes from members like you, businesses large and small, and corporations.  That pledge you made last year is funding a segment of Morning Edition, or Open Spaces, or Classical/Jazz Music..  Every time you listen to anything on any one of our channels, you’re hearing your dollars at work.

Dear WPM Members and Listeners --

Thank you for your dedication and support for Wyoming Public Media!  You often hear us say that YOU, the individual, are our most stable source of revenue.  I can't stress this point enough.  While state and federal funding reacts to the economy, your individual support remains true. 

Sesame Workshop

Dear WPM Members and Listeners,

This morning we learned that NPR President and CEO, Gary Knell, will be leaving NPR for a new position as CEO at the National Geographic Society.  We are sad to see Gary leave NPR – he was a strong CEO and a solid friend of Wyoming Public Media.  We’re glad that he is joining the National Geographic Society – another organization whose mission is to educate and enlighten people everywhere.

Gary’s  leadership will have a profound impact on public radio and media.    Here are some comments from our Industry partners:

There are so many picturesque routes that lead to Cheyenne!

Dear Listeners—

As the year draws to an end, we think of all of you who help make Wyoming Public Media a true state treasure.  Thanks for being loyal listeners! 

We wish you a wonderful Holiday Season, and all the best for 2013!  

Christina Kuzmych

General Manager, Wyoming Public Media

Best of Wyoming

We continue our virtual tour of Wyoming in Laramie, home of the University of Wyoming, the Cowboys, the Snowy Range, and of course, the location of Wyoming Public Media.

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Rawlins – Just the name invokes images of cowboys, cattle drives, and rustic western ways!  But the real Rawlins has so much more, like the Jubilanté Ensembles, Main Street Murals, and the Carbon County Museum.

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Pete and Lynne Simpson help draw the winning entry for the iPad drawing.   Lana Perrotti from Casper was the happy winner.

There were 3,497 entries during the Fall Membership Drive.

Wyoming Public Media

A local Pack of Bears - boy scout troop toured Wyoming Public Radio Oct. 24. As part of the requirements of the Bear Rank, they were asked to interview a radio reporter. Willow Belden shows them the tricks of the trade and offers them a tour of the recording studio.

Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Media welcomed Bert DeVroey, from Belgian Public Radio VRT, who was traveling in the US to cover the presidential elections.  He dropped in to WPM to see first-hand how a state network operates and how it deals with funding issues and to visit with General Manager Christina Kuzmych.

Wyoming Public Radio

Wyoming Public Media isn’t just about broadcasting!  We also like to educate kids about radio, production, announcing, and everything that goes into making public radio unique.   Recently the students from Albin Elementary School paid us a visit, and got some tips from one of the nation’s top news directors, Bob Beck. 

FY 2013-14 Budget

Oct 11, 2012

Revenues

Wyoming Public Media

I first visited Rock Springs last summer and got a wonderful history of the city from out hosts, Mike and Lynne Chadey.  They touted the history of Rock Springs, and pointed out some of the landmarks that helped shape the area’s culture.  I was struck by the diversity found in Rock Springs, and enjoyed hearing about the abundance of ethnic influences.  My stay in Rock Springs included a visit to Western Wyoming Community College and a tour of the majestic facilities built for the enhancement of education for students in the area.    Granted, this was a short stay in Rock Springs, but it lef

Best of Wyoming & Yellowmaps.com

If you’re driving on Interstate 80, Evanston is either the first or last stop in Wyoming, depends on your direction. It’s a well-traveled route, going all the way back to the 1860’s when travelers gravitated toward the safer southern portion of our state and made Evanston a “destination.”  Today Evanston remains a destination, but for much more than just a convenient stop.  It’s a city of historic and cultural wealth, and at the intersection of Wyoming and Utah culture.

Wyoming Public Media

Summertime in Jackson! Off to the nation’s ski capital and favorite wilderness destination, Teton County. Wyoming Public Media enjoyed co-hosting a planned giving workshop and taping a “lunch concert” in Jackson over spring break, where we met many wonderful people in your community. This summer, Wyoming Public Media will collaborate with The Grand Teton Music Festival, rebroadcasting the Weekend Orchestra Performances on Wyoming Public Radio and on the HD Classical Wyoming station. This month we welcome listeners in Jackson to send in ideas for our Jackson “Best of Wyoming” page.

Wyoming Public Media

I’m delighted to welcome Cody to the “Best of Wyoming” roster of cities.  We often imagine the history of Buffalo Bill when we think of Cody, and there certainly is a wonderful historical center commemorating his life located in the city.  But there’s so much more in Cody that waits to be explored, like the Yellowstone Jazz Festival and the Cody Country Art League.  “Best of Wyoming” is dedicated to just this kind of exploration that highlights the people and history of a city.  We hope that our focus on

“Best of Wyoming” welcomes Sheridan to our roster of cities.

This month, ‘Best of Wyoming’ looks at Gillette and the area up in northeast Wyoming.  All through April our curator, Diana Denison, will feature organizations and events that make Gillette one of the fastest-growing and exciting communities in Wyoming.  We also plan to visit Gillette for a meet-and-greet event in a local establishment – date and location still in the planning.  For me and for our WPM Director of Engineering, meeting our listeners and hearing their compliments, complaints, questions, and suggestions is a true highlight of working for public radio.  Sometimes, it’s just bein

Federal Funding

Mar 9, 2012

September 24, 2012

In addition to activity in reconciling the House and Senate funding for 2015, public broadcasting (and all other agencies) are subject to sequestration.  Should these spending cuts be implemented January 2, WPM stands to lose 8.2% of its federal appropriation.   A full report on how the Administration plans to implement the sequestration can be found below. 

March 19 and 20, 2012 are Casper Days!  Groundbreaking for the Student Union and UW/CC Center takes place on Monday March 19, at 2:30, and I hope to be there to cheer the progress.

President Obama submitted his Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 budget to Congress.  He requested full funding – $445 million – for CPB’s FY 2015 advance.

CPB’s two-year advance appropriation, in place since 1976, serves as a “firewall” designed to protect public media’s independence.   CPB’s appropriation provides essential funding to local and national content and approximately 70 percent goes directly to stations across the country to support service to communities. 

Federal Funding

Feb 6, 2012

It’s difficult to predict the future of federal funding for public broadcasting.  If the last few years are an indicator, the future will be very bumpy.  Congress is in deficit-cutting mode, and cutting or elimination of federal funding to public broadcasting makes for an easy and high-profiled target for politicians.

Any cut in Wyoming Public Media’s federal funding is a blow.  We currently receive a yearly $280,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which comprises approximately 12% of our operating budget and provides funding for key positions and services.

General Manager Christina Kuzmych joined Wyoming Public Media in June, 2011, bringing 27 years of public broadcasting experience to Wyoming.

Kuzmych serves as President of PRIMA (Public Radio in Mid America), a position she has held since 2009.  She is an active leader and member of several  professional organizations including Western States Public Radio, and serves on committees dealing with public broadcasting legislative issues as well as initiatives in new technology.  

Station Updates

Feb 1, 2012

·         Wyoming Public Media held a successful fund drive, meeting and surpassing the goal.  The next drive is coming up in April.  We’re deeply grateful to all listeners who contribute during the fund drives making it possible for WPM to support the annual operating budget.

·         Several new revenue “points of opportunity” will be coming up, including a “Day of Dedication” on Valentine’s Day and possibly Memorial and Veterans’ Days.  These are one-day opportunities for listeners to purchase short dedications to air on Wyoming Public Radio.

Gary Knell on KPBS: On 1/11, Gary visited KPBS and was interviewed on Midday Edition. He also made a television appearance on KPBS’s Evening Edition (19 min in.).

Gary E. Knell, the longtime President and CEO of Sesame Workshop, will become President and CEO of NPR, Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards announced today.

“Gary is an extraordinary leader with extensive experience in public media, programming and education,” Edwards said.  “As CEO of Sesame Workshop for more than a decade, he has led a large, complex organization through a tumultuous media environment, helping it grow by providing innovative, engaging content in new and creative ways.”

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