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

Courtesy of the Wyoming State Archives

This week we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wyoming Public Radio and in that time we’ve encountered some interesting characters, dignitaries, and just plain interesting folks. One person that qualified for all three of those categories was former Governor Ed Herschler. 

Peter O'Dowd Reflects On His Start At Wyoming Public Radio

Sep 15, 2016
WBUR

  

WBUR's Peter O'Dowd wishing us a happy 50th anniversary and reflecting on his start at Wyoming Public Radio.

Wyoming Public Radio celebrates its fiftieth anniversary Wednesday, September 14th 2016. Station News Director Bob Beck joined Morning Edition Host Caroline Ballard to reflect on his time at the station, the changes that have taken place, and what the future might hold.

Al Schaake

Al Schaake served as KUWR Sports Director & Reporter (1975-1977).

Al Schaake visits Wyoming Public Radio in September 2016, forty years after his radio coverage of the Fiesta Bowl - UW against the Air Force Falcons, and recalls the cold winters on UW's Campus.

UW Archives

Don Woods served as the Chief Engineer and Morning Host for KUWR   (1984-2007). 

When I arrived in October 1984, the drives were once a year. My first two years at WPR (84-86) I did not participate in the fund drive, for I was the Chief Engineer and only air staff and students took part.

Will Murphy

I miss my time at KUWR, working with Frank Imhoff, Don Woods, Charles Pelkey, Lee Christian, and Audrey Waldock. There was Pete Buchin the opera guy, and Tom Wilhelm with “Ranch Breakfast,” amazing even back then, Chris Heck and Dave Worley, also a few of my favorite KUWR-ers, and Marci, the Morning Edition host.

Pat Wolfinbarger, Designer Of WPR's First Website

Mar 9, 2016
Pat Wolfinbarger

The First WPR Website

As Wyoming Public Radio, i.e. Wyoming Public Media, celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has been involved with the ever changing online world for more than a third of its existence.

Public Radio, KUWR, first developed a website in 1997-98. It was created by Grafikat Design Company. It was a simple site, like many at the time, featuring links to programming information, weather and road condition, the University of Wyoming, and most importantly, membership pledge and associated gift levels.

Susan Simpson - Laramie WY

Feb 23, 2016
Susan Simpson

    

Ruth And Pete Arnold - Cheyenne WY

Feb 18, 2016

We wake up and go to bed listening to WPR. In the morning we can get local and national news, at night it is frequently BBC! We learn about what is happening in far away places like  the reports from Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. Even though we live in Wyoming, WPR enables us to be up to date on world wide events! We love WPR!  

Ruth & Pete Arnold, Cheyenne

Jeff And Janie Edgens - Thomasville, GA

Feb 18, 2016
Jeff and Janie Edgens

We listen every morning from Thomasville, Ga using the WPR app. Thank you for all of the excellent programs. Soon to be Wyoming residents!

Jeff and Janie Edgens

Jim Kearns

Scott And Diane Seville - Casper WY

Feb 24, 2015
Scott and Diane Seville

WE LOVE WYOMING PUBLIC RADIO                 

A love note from Diane and Scott Seville, Casper WY.

For over 30 years for us Wyoming Public Radio has been a central part of living in Wyoming.  Morning Edition has been our close neighborhood friend joining us each morning for breakfast to stimulate conversation and share the news, the issues, and raise awareness on the state of the state, nation, and world.

Darcy B. Gardiner - Laramie WY

Feb 16, 2015
Darcy Gardiner

I love Wyoming Public Radio – and I couldn’t live without it. It’s on in my house 24/7 – and at my sheep barn. It not only insures that I have the most intelligent sheep in Laramie – it also keeps those nasty predators away!

Shannon McCormick

    

Mindy Kraft - Pinedale WY

Feb 13, 2015
Wyoming Public Media

    

Peggy Rosentreter - Cheyenne WY

Feb 13, 2015

WPR is one of our strongest bastions of democracy. Those who can afford it, pay; those who can't or won't , don't; but all can listen free & all can benefit from this shared resource.

Betsy Krahenbuhl - Cheyenne WY

Feb 11, 2015
Betsy & Dick Krahenbuhl

Shortly after I first moved to Cheyenne (from New York and Vermont) in 1978 I asked at the local news store if they carried the New York Times; the clerk, admittedly young, asked: "Is that a newspaper?"

Debra Swedberg

Why do I love WPR? Where to begin? The morning without Morning Edition leaves me feeling empty and detached. Just to hear the voices of my friends, David Green, Renee Montaigne, Steve Innskeep, Melanie Edwards and Bob Beck helps me get out of bed! Well, that isn’t completely true – I have a morning version of the “driveway moments”. I will finish listening to a story before I put my feet on the ground. 

Shannon Smith

    

Linda Baker - Pinedale WY

Feb 10, 2015
Linda Baker

    

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.

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