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

Katharine Conover

Deb Olson, Owner Of Laramie Travel

Feb 5, 2015
Deb Olson

Bruce Richardson, Lecturer In English For UW In Casper

Feb 5, 2015
Bruce Richardson

Bev Bell

Ann Noble - Cora WY

Feb 5, 2015
Ann Noble

Mary Ellbogen Garland - Laramie WY

Feb 5, 2015
Mary Garland

Diana Denison

Liz Rader - Houston TX

Feb 4, 2015
Liz Rader

My name is Liz Rader, I am a fifth generation Wyomingite from Cheyenne and I currently live in Houston Texas.

Sherry Stewart - Virginia

Feb 3, 2015
Sherry Stewart

I had the opportunity to live in Wyoming for some years, first in Mammoth Hot Springs, and later, in Jackson. While working in the mornings, I got hooked on listening to Morning Music, a wonderful and ecclectic mix of music you just don't hear on any other station. I continued to listen into the afternoon, to Writer's Almanac and BBC News. I found the information provided there to be top quality and not biased or tainted by commercial interests.

Jennifer Tennican, Independent Filmmaker From Jackson

Feb 2, 2015
Jennifer Tennican

Dick McGinity, University Of Wyoming President

Jan 28, 2015
University of Wyoming

Matt Mead, Governor Of Wyoming

Jan 26, 2015
governor.wyo.gov

Max Funk - Ten Sleep WY

Jan 26, 2015
Anna Rader

Lindi Kirkbride - Meriden WY

Jan 23, 2015
Anna Rader

Marguerite Herman - Cheyenne WY

Jan 23, 2015
Marguerite Herman

Nate Breen - Cheyenne WY

Jan 23, 2015
Anna Rader

Rita Meyer

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services

Anna Rader

Laramie resident, Gary Negich, wrote a song about his love for Wyoming Public Radio. He played it live for us in our studio back in December.

Mike Massie, Longtime Wyoming Resident

Jan 5, 2015
University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming

Diana Denison

Larry Stewart, Founder Of Manufacturing Works

Jan 5, 2015
Diana Denison

Shirley Kingston - Laramie WY

Oct 20, 2014
Shirley Kingston

On any day of the week, I am educated and informed on what's going on in maybe Israel, West  Africa, Syria, Iraq; even Chicago, Ferguson. Laramie, Centennial, Jackson; and in its season, the Wyoming Legislature  in Cheyenne. Bob Beck and his crews' special programs. ALSO, such pleasure with treasured Ira Glass and Terry Gross.

Chris, Lauren, And Denali Padesky - Green River WY

Sep 19, 2014
The Padeskys

The Padesky Family loves Wyoming Public Radio! WPR has accompanied us all across the great state of Wyoming. Bob Beck has talked us through snowstorms on the way to snowshoe in Pinedale, Willow Belden through dappled sunshine to dodge bears at the base of the Tetons, and the Ranch Breakfast Show through windy drives down I-80 to pay our school of choice, good ol' UW, another visit.

Wyoming Senator John Barrasso

Sep 18, 2014

Wyoming Public Radio provides high-quality, locally focused programming that isn't offered anywhere else.

With a statewide broadcast, WPR plays an important role in keeping people across the cowboy state informed on what’s going on in Wyoming and the world.

Thanks to your dedication, folks in Wyoming know they can rely on Wyoming Public Radio for news and programming that matter to their lives.

Jordan Evans - Cheyenne WY

Sep 17, 2014
Jordan Evans

Kathy Daulton - Star Valley Ranch WY

Sep 15, 2014

Hello WPM,

My husband and I were raised in Torrington and Cheyenne, met at UW, taught in the state for for 14 years, then left to teach overseas for the next 35! With retirement in 2002, we found the perfect property in Star Valley Ranch, now Wyoming's newest town only 2 miles from the state's newest Scenic Byway.  

Debra East

WPR and the expanse of public radio yield reports and stories opening my mind and compassion. There are standards calling us to accountability to each other whether in stories of achievement or challenges in Wyoming or the Wind River Indian Reservation.

NPR Code Switch takes the personal experience of discrimination to illuminate the universal cost to all people. Training for sustainability in professional skills of the WPR staff is demonstrated in programming content and delivery network. WPR has given me tools to be a better citizen and friend. 

UW Trustees, Dick Davis And Dave Bostrom

Sep 12, 2014
Pat Gabriel

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