Grady Kirkpatrick

Program Director and Morning Music Host

Phone: 307-766-6624

Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. (“He’s a Lumberjack and he’s OK……..!”) He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991.  Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.  After 16 great years in Kentucky, Grady & Cheryl packed the family (2 kids, 2 cats and a dog) and headed for Wyoming in the middle of winter to pursue a dream job as Music Director for Wyoming Public Media.  He hosts Morning Music from 9am-12pm weekdays.  Besides radio, Grady has worked in construction and likes to play outdoors. (camp, fish, bike, hike, ski, golf). He loves music, of course, travelling, stargazing, reading and American history.

1:41 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Jonathan Richman Live On Morning Music

Wyoming Public Radio presents a rare performance and interview with Jonathan Richman ahead of his show at the historic Hynds Building in Cheyenne Tuesday night, June 24.  Grady Kirkpatrick will talk with Mr. Richman about his music spanning from the early 70’s with the band the Modern Lovers through today. Tune in at 11:15am, only on Morning Music.

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2:23 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Jalan Crossland And Shaun Kelly On Morning Music

Credit Jalan Crossland

Join Grady Kirkpatrick on Morning Music Friday, June 20, at 11:15am for a conversation with Wyoming troubadour Jalan Crossland and bass player/vocalist Shaun Kelly. They'll play selections from and talk about the Jalan Crossland new release "No Cause For Despair", his seventh album. 

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12:00 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Top 20 CD's of 2013

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

WPR's Top 20 CD's of 2013 from listener and staff votes. Thanks to everyone who voted:

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1:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Vote for your Top 5 CD picks of 2013


You’re invited to send in your Top 5 CD picks of 2013. We’ll add up listener picks and compile the Top 20 of 2013 to play back on Morning Music.

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4:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Marian McPartland remembrance, piano jazz special on Wyoming Public Media

Marian McPartland

Saturday at 8:00pm on Wyoming Public Radio and Sunday at Noon on Jazz Wyoming.

Jazz legend Marian McPartland, who hosted the eponymous Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR for three decades, died peacefully Tuesday night at her home on Long Island, NY. She was 95.

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3:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Legendary singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and Master of Space and Time

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

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Behind the Scenes
2:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Wyoming Public Media's Shades of Ireland Tour

St. Patrick's Altar

WPM’s Shades of Ireland tour landed in Dublin on June 10th following an overnight flight from Denver. Our group included twelve Wyomingites, yours truly and my wife Cheryl, Rick Dowe, Jim and Carol Jacobs, Ron and Brenda Delaney all from Laramie, Rick and Sue Chambers from Cheyenne, Sue Ann Robertson from Casper along with her sister Grace Robertson from Wilson and Glen Mooney from Sheridan. 

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5:01 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Interview with The WYOmericana Caravan

The WYOmericana Caravan with Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatrick.
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The Wyomericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 14, 2013 ahead of their kickoff show in Laramie.  J Shogren, Jalan Crossland and Screen Door Porch each played their Wyoming brand of Americana music.  They also talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about the tour.

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2:03 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Summer 2013 Festivals

Aug. 30- Sep. 01- Snowy Range Music Festival featuring Leftover Salmon and Friends with Sam Bush, Keller Williams and Bill Payne, Canned Heat, Roy Rogers, Tab Benoit, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet, Reverend Peyton and His Big Damned Band, A.J. Croce,  Soul Rebels,  Susan Gibson,  Jay Shogren, Jalan Crossland,  Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues,  the March Fourth Marching Band,  Blinddog Smokin' and more. Laramie WY

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3:49 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Elk Attack performed live on WPR’s Morning Music

Elk Attack performed live on WPR’s Morning Music

Best of Wyoming
12:36 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Wyoming State Fair – Douglas

Shane Toven, Director of Enginnering at WPM broadcasting from the State Fair
Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Media captured the oral history of Wyoming’s families, farms and ranches during the 2012 Wyoming State Fair. WPM set up a booth giving away fans for the hot summer day and did a live broadcast with Grady Kirkpatrick’s Morning Music featuring an acoustic performance from Wyoming’s Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.  WPM recorded Wyoming Oral Histories of fairgoers that stopped by to chat. Enjoy a few of these engaging stories on the link below…

State Fair Interviews

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Topic of the Week
8:57 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Vote for your Top 3 CD picks of 2012

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4:35 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Vote for your Top 3 CD picks of 2012

Vote for your Top 3 CD picks of 2012. Vote below the list in COMMENT section. Please include your NAME, TOWN AND E-MAIL. We’ll add up listener picks and compile the Top 20 CD’s of 2012 to play back on Morning Music.  Our list of 2012 CD’s played this year is displayed below.  Thanks for listening and sending in your favorites of 2012.

Choose your Top 3  favorites of 2012. You may have heard something this year that is not on this list.  Write-ins are welcome. Entry deadline is 11:59pm on Dec 25th

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4:26 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

The Stagecoach Bar: An American Crossroads

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with film producer Jennifer Tennican about documenting the  historic watering hole in Wilson, Wyoming. Includes music from the soundtrack.

1:10 pm
Mon November 14, 2011

New Music for 2012

The year is starting off with a number of fine new music releases we're featuring on Morning Music

This One's For Him - A Tribute to Guy Clark  celebrating his  70th birthday.  Clark was born in Monahans, Texas on November 6, 1941.  

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Morning Music

The program has a rich tradition providing listeners a contemporary mix with a variety of styles including singer/songwriters, folk, acoustic, rock, r&b, blues, world, and reggae.  New music is a big part of the mix as well as artists from Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region.  You'll also hear live music/interview sessions. NPR news updates are provided at the top of the hour along with regional weather and the Events Calendar airs Wednesday through Friday at 11:04am.

Paul Montoya is the co-host for Morning Music.  Grady Kirkpatrick continues as host Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Paul covers Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as occasional fill-ins during the week.