50 Years Of Wyoming Public Radio

  

A half century is such a long time! Fifty years ago, students and staff in the Student Union gathered together to sign an application to become, KUWR, Wyoming’s “Educational FM Station”. Shortly thereafter Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act creating National Public Radio, of which Wyoming Public Radio would become a member. 

Alan Bowker KUWR-FM 1969.
Credit Wyoming Public Media

This was the roaring 60’s, time of innovation, stereophonic audio technology and man’s first trip to the moon. Then came the 1970s, when Wyoming Public Radio launched each broadcast day with the song of a meadowlark, Wyoming’s State Bird, the 1980s the early broadcasts of Representative Dick Cheney and Senator Alan Simpson, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The 1990s witnessed national media descending upon Wyoming following the murder of Matthew Shepard. The new millennium introduced mobile radio technology and radio signals through cell phones. What do you remember best from Wyoming Public Radio airwaves?

Join fellow listeners, community leaders, city and county officials, Wyoming celebrities, and all friends of WPR and provide YOUR 50th Anniversary testimonial, recorded or written, reflecting the benefits of Wyoming Public Radio to you. We welcome your support!

If you have a memory to share, use the hashtag #WPRat50 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Mail in your testimonial:

Wyoming Public Radio
Dept. 3984
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071

Schedule a time to come into our studios: (307)-766-4240

Email photos and stories to us: ilovewpr@gmail.com

Phone number to record your testimonial: (307)-223-1795

Please leave your name, where you're from, and tell us your testimonial. In addition, email us at ilovewpr@gmail.com and send us a photo of yourself to identify your testimonial when we put it on the website.

A-Z Testimonials 

A selection of testimonials from Wyoming listeners:

Glance at snapshots of Wyoming Public Radio's early years on our interactive 50th timeline. 

Ways to Connect

Jeremy Minor - Jackson, WY

23 hours ago
Jeremy Minor

In his past 17 years in Wyoming, he has come to love all aspects of Wyoming Public Radio. On his early morning work days, he loves being exposed to world news, Morning Edition, and Morning Music. On his late night shifts, he loves setting the tone for his shift with Classical Wyoming. He and his family support Wyoming Public Radio because its too important of a resource to lose.

Paula McNearny and RJ Bragg - Granite Canyon, WY

23 hours ago

RJ and Paula talk about being able to take Wyoming Public Radio with them wherever they go, even Antarctica! They enjoy listening to a top-notch station and volunteering at the station. 

Sherril Bailey - Rawlins, WY

Feb 20, 2018
Sherril Bailey

Sherril is a retired teacher from Michigan who moved to Rawlins in 2000. She feels that her experience of moving across the country has allowed her to gain a greater appreciation for Wyoming Public Radio's eclectic mix of news and programming because she's heard other stations first hand. Sherril says she was encouraged by her father to set aside money for entertainment, and for her, that money becomes her Wyoming Public Radio sustaining donation.  

Mike Ellerd - Bozeman, MT

Feb 19, 2018
Mike Ellerd

Mike Ellerd from Bozeman, MT talks about why he loves and supports Wyoming Public Radio, even thought he and his wife don't live in the state. Mike says Wyoming Public Radio hosts and personalities are a family for him, and the unbiased news and great music makes it the best public radio station he has come across.

Emily Shaw - Reston, VA

Feb 19, 2018

Emily Shaw is a student at the University of Wyoming from Reston, VA. She talks about her favorite programs, why she loves volunteering and contributing to Wyoming Public Radio, and how listening on her smart speaker starts her day off right.

Nicholas Taylor - Savannah, GA

Feb 7, 2018
criticalzone.org

Nick is a huge fan of Jazz Wyoming and loves being able to connect to his Georgia Roots while earning a  masters in passive seismology from the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. 

Terry Roark - Laramie, WY

Feb 5, 2018
uwyo.edu

Terry Roark, President Emeritus of the University of Wyoming, talks about the importance of keeping Wyoming connected to national and state updates in the times of financial uncertainty.

Rosalind Schliske - Cheyenne, WY

Feb 5, 2018
Rosalind Schliske

Leadership Circle donor Roz Schliske uses Wyoming Public Radio's eclectic programming to fill the void that television used to. She says she loves that her brain is engaged and entertained. 

Rosalie Nelson - Casper, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Rosalie has listened to WPR since moving to Wyoming 1988 and contributes because, honestly, she doesn't want to listen to anything else.

Rollin Abernathy - Laramie, WY

Feb 5, 2018
uwyo.edu

Retired UW professor Rollin Abernathy speaks on the importance of Wyoming Public Radio to the daily life of he and his wife Carolyn and why they chose to donate to the Leadership Circle.

Nancy Ayers - Jackson, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Nancy talks about why she and her husband became members of the Leadership Circle and the importance of non-partisan news.

Michelle McCormack - Wilson, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Michelle talks about her love for local music programming and sends a shout out from herself, her husband Shannon, and their dog Stella.

Larry Wolfe - Cheyenne, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Leadership Circle Member Larry Wolfe talks about the interconnectedness provided by Wyoming Public Radio's ability to "knit" the state together.

Katie Hogarty - Sheridan, WY

Feb 5, 2018
lightfolly.com

Katie Hogarty talks about how important it is to stay connected and get involved with trustworthy news in our state's communities. 

Jon Wiebe

Jon Wiebe talks about the role public radio played in his childhood and the family bonding it inspires. 

Jill Baldauf - Jackson, WY

Feb 5, 2018
Jill Bauldauf

Jill Baldauf speaks on Wyoming Public Radio and its intellectual stimulation, unbiased discussion, and importance to future generations.

Jennifer Tennican - Jackson, WY

Feb 5, 2018
jentenproductions.com

Filmmaker Jen Tennican shares what she loves about Wyoming Public Radio and why she thinks YOU should donate.

J Shogren - Centennial, WY

Feb 5, 2018
jshogren.com

J Shogren talks about how his contribution has changed since his days as a student at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Mark Dowell - Casper, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Mark Dowell tells Wyoming Public Radio why he donates at the Leadership Circle level to keep Wyoming Public Radio's funding stable.

Dr. Brent Blue - Jackson, WY

Feb 5, 2018
inspiredpilot.com

Dr. Brent Blue calls in from Jackson, WY to tell us about his appreciation for state and national news.  

Dan Brecht - Wheatland, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Dan Brecht rode in from Wheatland to tell us about his love for Wyoming Public Radio and how his contribution to unbiased news and great entertainment has changed over time.

Christa Branch - Laramie, WY

Feb 5, 2018

Christa Branch stopped in for a quick testimonial before her move to Ranchester, WY. She uses the WPR App to listen to news and programming no matter where she goes!

Rebecca Martinez Fitzgerald - WUNC ME Producer & Former WPR Reporter

Mar 31, 2017
Rebecca Martinez

Hi, WPR Team!

I had the wonderful privilege of working in the newsroom from 2011-2013. I was also there for one of the early Pet Wednesday pledge drive promotions. It was so much fun to hear how excited the listeners got about shout-outs for their cats and dogs (and sheep and horses and goats and chickens and iguanas)! The News team even dressed up as animals once!

Katie Younger - Hulett Listener

Feb 15, 2017
Katie Younger

See, I would have missed that wonderful interview with Ramon Djawadi if not for you!! When I moved here from Utah I was SO afraid I wouldn't have my NPR out here in the boonies (Hulett)...but imagine my surprise at your AMAZING statewide coverage. I love being treated like an adult with your thought-provoking interviews and reporting; I very much appreciate your in-depth coverage of Wyoming issues; and I can't do without my "Wait, wait" fix or your morning music. Thanks for keeping me thinking, smiling, crying, and jiving!

Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman - Listening From The Banks of Colorado River

Feb 14, 2017
Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman

We are snowbirds so we stream Wyoming Public Radio every morning to keep in touch with state news, including the work of the Wyoming Legislature. 

At this time in our country's history, it is especially important to find news that we can trust. As a lifetime journalist I cannot listen to clearly biased media on either side, but NPR satisfies my need to hear viewpoints from across the political spectrum.  Plus your weather reports shame us into not whining about weather down here on the Colorado River.  
Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman

Ken Bader - Former KUWR Director of Programming

Jan 30, 2017
Ken Bader

 

I was KUWR's Director of Programming from 1977-78. During my tenure, KUWR became a 50,000-watt NPR affiliate. Mick McLean was in charge of news, Curt Snook programmed classical music, and John Baxter coordinated the students. Our guiding light was General Manager and public radio pioneer John McMullen, one of the coolest guys on the planet.

I went on from KUWR to be an anchor, writer, and editor for the Voice of America. I then became Senior Editor of Monitor Radio, The World, and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Tory Taylor - Dubois Listener

Jan 12, 2017
Tory Taylor

Like most Wyoming people who live in the country, I usually get up early in the morning when the eastern sky starts to glow. I stumble blurry-eyed into the kitchen, make a pot of strong coffee, and listen to the news on Wyoming Public Radio while planning my day. Listening to the news is important to me. It keeps me informed about international, national, and Wyoming events and issues. And this is real, old-fashioned news, not this newfangled "fake news" currently causing a buzz. I want facts. Wyoming Public Radio provides the accurate information I need in order to be a better citizen.

Naomi Stone - Mountain View Listener

Nov 16, 2016
Naomi Stone

NPR is pretty much all I listen to!  I was accused of being old and listening to talk radio last week at a trivia contest.  On my way to the contest there was a story about a composer who had died and there was a question in the trivia contest about one of the songs he wrote.  If I had not had the radio on I would not have had a clue!  How about that?  And I am proud to say that my two 30 something daughters are listeners as well.  Thanks to all of you who make public radio available and worthwhile.

Rev. Marilyn Engstrom - Speech Team Aired On KUWR - 1967

Sep 27, 2016
Marilyn Engstrom

This is Marilyn Engstrom. I live in Laramie, Wyoming, and I remember in the fall or in the winter of 1966-67, in that era. WPR joined with the Wyoming high school speech association and they had a radio broadcast as part of the speech team here on campus and the students that competed. We were given a piece of teletype. They had to quickly edit that news and present that along with a 5 minute commentary or editorial. It was a great fun, and I remember climbing up to the 4th floor of the Wyoming Union and getting to see the facilities and participate in that contest.

Frank Imhoff - Former KUWR News Director

Sep 22, 2016
Frank Imhoff

I was coordinator for news and public affairs for KUWR roughly during the Reagan years. I arrived in August 1980 and succeeded Abby Kendrick, who left to teach broadcast journalism at Howard University. John McMullen was the general manager, Mick McLean the program director, Dave Worley the chief engineer, Curt Snook the fine arts coordinator, and Tom Wilhelm was the king of bluegrass as long as I can remember.

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