Micah Schweizer

Cultural Affairs and Production Director

Phone: 307-766-3587
Email: mschweiz@uwyo.edu
Twitter: @MicahSchweizer

Micah Schweizer oversees arts and culture coverage on WPM. He’s had a taste of various cultures living in Europe and several regions of the U.S., most recently southern Indiana, where he worked as an award-winning public radio reporter, host, and producer. Micah got his start in public radio at Wisconsin Public Radio and has contributed to networks including NPR and the BBC World Service. During the 2008 presidential primaries, he was a regular guest on WNYC’s The Takeaway. He received his B.A. in French and German at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Before coming to radio, Micah worked as a teacher. In his free time, he enjoys playing the Irish flute and wrangling cats.

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Arts
6:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

UW Symphony Collaborates With Visiting Artists

Tonu Kalam

On Thursday, March 6, the University of Wyoming Symphony is collaborating with two guest artists: jazz harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret and visiting conductor Tonu Kalam. Kalam has directed professional orchestras around the world, and for more than two decades, he’s directed the University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer asked Kalam what he most enjoys about conducting student orchestras.

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Wyoming Stories
12:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #5

Stories about the Snowy Range Ski Area, a sticky car crash, and how the Centennial train depot became a museum.

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Wyoming Stories
10:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial

Melanie O'Hara and some of her collection of mining antiques.
Credit Micah Schweizer

Melanie O’Hara grew up on the far side of the Hogback in Centennial. She reflects on the astonishing diversity of Centennial in the 19th century.

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Single Shot Live
3:13 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Jason Burge: When The Heart Says Move

Credit Micah Schweizer

Here’s a new song from Mississippi-raised, Laramie-based singer-songwriter Jason Burge.

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Wyoming Stories
11:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Murray Self Tells Three Centennial Classics

Murray Self
Credit Micah Schweizer

Murray "Murf" Self grew up in Centennial where his father Pat ran the Old Corral Hotel & Steakhouse. When Pat was eighteen years old, he started receiving a money from the VA on account of his own father’s death in World War I. This windfall marked the beginning of Pat Self’s tumultuous life with fancy cars.

Have you ever wondered why so many small towns have turned their old train depots into museums? In a story about his mother’s quest to open an interpretive center in Centennial, Self explains how.

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Wyoming Stories
10:48 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Running The Snowy Range Ski Area Is A Family Affair

Aaron and Becky Maddox, with their infant son Charlie.
Credit Andy Carpenean/Laramie Boomerang

Becky and Aaron Maddox own the Snowy Range Ski Area west of Laramie.  Becky is a fourth generation Laramie resident, and Aaron grew up in Steamboat Springs. 

The couple grew up skiing, and their love for the sport motivated them to invest their lives in Snowy Range.  Becky and Aaron describe how the ski area is not only their business, but is their passion, their family, and their life.

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Open Spaces
3:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

12-Year-Old Piano Prodigy Competes In Paris

James Wilson in recital at the University of Wyoming in 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Casper Star-Tribune, Dan Cepeda

12-year-old Laramie pianist James Wilson was one of only two Americans to compete in the prestigious Lagny-sur-Marne piano competition in Paris last month.

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Single Shot Live
4:48 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Doug Balmain: Home

Credit Anna Rader

Wyoming singer-songwriter Doug Balmain blends  genres from Americana, rock, blues, to red dirt country. With a personal fusion of styles and honest lyrics, Doug performs his tune "Home" at the Wyoming Public Media studios.

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Wyoming Stories
9:13 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Jackson Rodeo Legends Bill And Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders

Bill and Martha Saunders are long-time Jackson residents. The couple was instrumental in founding the Jackson Hole Ski Club, and their family was also central in Wyoming's rodeo scene. Bill and Martha share memories of their rodeo experiences, including Martha's tour with the Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry.

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Arts
7:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Art Behind Creating An Art Exhibition

Curator of Collections Nicole Crawford and Chief Preparator Sterling Smith contemplate a sculpture's placement.
Credit Micah Schweizer

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s spring exhibitions are now open to the public. Current displays feature everything from visiting artist Bently Spang’s burnt tree rubbings to student and faculty work to American Gothic landscapes. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s a look at what goes into putting all that art on the wall.

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Wyoming Stories
8:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wild Times At The Stagecoach Bar

Wilden and Phil Round

Phil Round is a guitarist and singer from Jackson Hole.  He’s a member of the fabled Stagecoach Band, which holds down a weekly Sunday night gig and dance at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Phil shares some early memories from the bar with his son, Wilden.

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Arts
10:43 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Internationally Acclaimed Conductor Directs UW Student Ensembles

Maestro Gerard Schwarz
Credit VanHouten Photography

Maestro Gerard Schwarz raises his baton at the University of Wyoming. The former Seattle Symphony Orchestra director has 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy wins to his credit, among numerous other awards. Tonight (Feb. 6), he’ll conduct three university ensembles in a public performance at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM. UW music department chair Theresa Bogard says Schwarz is honing the student groups’ sound.

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Single Shot Live
2:32 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Melanie Devaney: Greenville

Credit Paul Montoya

LA-based singer-songwriter Melanie Devaney’s heart-felt music draws inspiration from her travels.

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Wyoming Stories
1:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #4

Stories from Jackson Hole about historic skiing, an indestructible skirt, and overcoming obstacles.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bill Briggs Makes History Skiing Grand Teton

Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
Credit Powder Magazine

Bill Briggs, a Dartmouth graduate from Maine, moved to Jackson Hole and became North America’s “father of extreme skiing.” In Jackson he worked as a climbing and ski guide for many years, driven by his own passion and encouraged by the supportive outdoor community to surmount the insurmountable. In 1971, Briggs was the first person ever to descend the Grand Teton on skis, a feat most considered to be impossible.  His friend Spark M asks him to describe the experience.

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Single Shot Live
2:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

BeatGrass: Everlasting Home

Credit Anna Rader

We were saddened to hear that BeatGrass banjo-picker Pete Mergard passed away last week. Here’s a song from the Cheyenne-based band’s December 2013 visit to the WPM studios.

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Wyoming Stories
1:48 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs'

Marylee White and Charlie Thomas
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jackson resident Charlie Thomas recounts a local raft tour company owner's against-all-odds attempts to deliver 'float-o-graphs' to his rafting customers.

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Arts
9:20 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cowgirl In A Bluegrass Band: Della Mae's Wyoming Connection

A bluegrass band with Wyoming connections will be holding its breath at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. That’s because Della Mae’s recording ‘This World Oft Can Be’ is up for Best Bluegrass Album. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer reports.

MICAH SCHWEIZER: Late last year, late at night, the band was on the road in Tennessee when they heard the news. Shelby Means, who plays bass and sings harmony, says the band was packed into a van with their soundman at the wheel.

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Wyoming Stories
10:09 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bert Raynes On His Love Of Nature

Bert Raynes
Credit Micah Schweizer

Bert Raynes, a distinguished naturalist in Jackson Hole, tells the story of how he became interested in wildlife. Bert has published many books about nature, and he continues to write a column titled “Far Afield” in the Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. Fellow Jackson resident Rebecca Huntington interviews him.

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Single Shot Live
4:17 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Sybarite5: Black Bend

Credit Anna Rader

Genre-bending string quintet Sybarite5 performs Dan Visconti’s ‘Black Bend.’

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Wyoming Stories
11:02 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Making A Difference In The Lives Of Students

Teffany Fegler
Credit Micah Schweizer

Teffany Fegler coordinates the University of Wyoming’s  Student Educational Opportunity Center in Ethete, WY. The daughter of two educators, she continues her family's legacy by helping students achieve the dream of going to college.

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Single Shot Live
1:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Reverend Freakchild: In My Time Of Dying

Credit Micah Schweizer

New York-based bluesman Reverend Freakchild brings some old-time religion to Single Shot Live.

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Wyoming Stories
10:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Donna Robeson Remembers Life In South Pass City

Susan Layman & Donna Robeson
Credit Micah Schweizer

Donna Robeson’s great grandmother came to South Pass in 1868.  She was a converted Mormon from Scotland and married English immigrant Richard Sherlock.  They heard there was going to be a big gold strike, so they came to seek their fortunes in mining.  This dream didn’t quite pan out.  Instead, the family started hotel and ranching businesses to earn a living.  Donna tells historian Susan Layman what she remembers from her childhood, at the ranch and with her aunt and uncle in the hotel.

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Wyoming Stories
1:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Pam Spencer-Hockett Recaptures The Pioneer Spirit

Pam Spencer-Hockett
Credit Micah Schweizer

Pam Spencer-Hockett was one of Wyoming's first woman architects. The cabin she built with her husband in Atlantic City ties into her family's pioneer heritage.

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Arts
5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

'Rat Pack Of Opera' Returns to Wyoming

Tenors Un Limited
Credit Tenors Un Limited

The trio Tenors Un Limited bills itself as ‘the Rat Pack of Opera.’ The group is starting the New Year with just four U.S. concerts before continuing the tour in the U.K., where they’re based. Two of those American engagements are in Wyoming, as Paul Martin explains to Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer.

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Single Shot Live
4:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner: How The Money Comes

Credit Anna Rader

Ian McFeron and Alisa Milner hail from Seattle and weave together a variety of American roots styles.

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Open Spaces
4:32 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

December 20th, 2013

UW Interim President prepares for the Legislative Session

Following the resignation of Bob Sternberg, Dick McGinity has taken over reins at the University of Wyoming as Interim President.  McGinity was simply a faculty member at UW until Sternberg promoted him to be part of the administration and now he’s running the show.  Among his first duties is getting UW priorities through the legislature.  He tells Bob Beck that includes pay raises.

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Open Spaces
3:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Old Steps Come To Life At Laramie Swing Dance

Kevin and Tamara Bretting and Charles and Jennica Fournier

Classic dances like the Jitterbug, the Charleston, and the Lindy Hop are being revived at a community swing dance series in Laramie. Swingin’ Around Town started this summer as a way to rekindle social dance.

It now happens on the first and third Friday of every month at Blossom Yoga in downtown Laramie, and Lindy Hop lessons start in January at the Laramie Recreation Center. Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer spoke with Swingin’ Around Town co-founders Kevin Bretting and Charles Fournier.

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Arts
8:41 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Revisting The Lincoln Highway's Mid-Century Roadside Gems

Springs Motel, Rock Springs WY
Credit Erin Dorbin
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