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

Dave Freudenthal, Former Governor Of Wyoming

Sep 11, 2014
Larry Knopp

Wyoming's First Lady Carol Mead

Sep 9, 2014
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Marjane Ambler

My husband and I turn Wyoming Public Radio on from the time we get up and leave it on until we go to bed. When traveling around the state, we keep the guide to different translator numbers handy.

I like the locally produced news programs, such as the recent Open Spaces segment on how education has helped prisoners in Wyoming and specifics on how much money it saves by reducing recidivism. Thanks to Bob Beck for his legislative coverage and for recruiting and training strings of good reporters.

Thanks for the new cultural programming by Micah Schweizer.

Virginia Parker, Director Of The Saratoga Museum

Sep 8, 2014
Virginia Parker

Wyoming Brothers Al And Pete Simpson

Sep 8, 2014
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Andy Blair

I have listened to Public Radio all my life in a number of different states. The variety and quality of programing on WPR is well above average. The shows are engaging. The news is world class high quality reportage. 

Carol Eckhardt - Chugwater WY

Sep 8, 2014
Carol Eckhardt

Well, that's where I get mail; I live quite a ways out in the country. I don't use television (it strikes me as a lot like dumpster-diving; a few really good tidbits in the midst of a lot of trash) so I really depend on WPR as a window on the world.

The news reporting is very important to me as are the insightful and thought provoking talk shows and the variety of music. I'm also VERY pleased with the new program lineup! Some of the "new" programs are those I enjoyed on public radio while living in Oregon. Thanks for your good work!

Dan Green - Lander WY

Sep 8, 2014

Maggi Murdock, Former Dean Of UW's Outreach School

Sep 4, 2014
Anna Rader

Former Wyoming Congressman Cynthia Lummis

Sep 4, 2014

Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi

Sep 4, 2014
Diana Denison

University of Wyoming

Retired UW President Terry Roark And His Wife Beverly

Sep 3, 2014
Anna Rader

David Shelles - Cheyenne WY

Jun 25, 2014
Micah Schweizer

My name is David Shelles and I live here in Cheyenne, Wyoming. When I moved from Davenport, Iowa to Laramie, Wyoming in December of 2008, of course I had the privilege of driving Interstate 80 across Iowa and Nebraska.

On the second day of my trip, I crossed the border from Nebraska into Wyoming at Pinebluffs and of course I started messing with the radio and it stopped on 91.9 and I heard Pat Gabriel's voice and that's actually kind of when I knew I was back home.

Gretchen Wheeler - Casper WY

Jun 5, 2014

My name is Gretchen Wheeler, this is Casper Wyoming. I probably really became addicted about four years ago. I listen to it every single morning coming to work and every single evening going home. I just love the special interest stories that they have on it, I love the little tidbits.

Josh and Susan Anderson - Evanston WY

Mar 13, 2014
Micah Schweizer

Susan: My name is Susan Anderson. I grew up here in Evanston Wyoming.

Josh: My name is Josh Anderson and I also grew up in Evanston.

Josh: It was probably about ten years ago, when I met you, you were always listening to public radio.

Susan: Specifically in the morning.  That's my routine.

Josh: Turn it on in the morning, make some coffee, that kind of thing. And I remember going, ugh, I can't stand public radio.

Susan: Why?

Claire Dunne - Worland WY

Mar 13, 2014
Claire Dunne

My name is Claire Dunne, I live in Worland Wyoming with my husband Richard Dunne, who’s also an NPR listener, and I’d like to tell you story of how we first found Wyoming Public Radio. We moved from a city to a farm in Manderson Wyoming in 1984 and for a year we couldn’t get any NPR reception.

Emiline Ostlind - Big Horn WY

Feb 20, 2014
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My name is Emiline Ostlind, I’m from Big Horn Wyoming. I grew up in Wyoming but I’ve lived out of state a couple of times. I spent a little over a year in Washington D.C. and when I lived there I would stream Wyoming Public Radio online because I loved hearing the weather in Pinedale, and just little snippets of information, and underwriting statements from businesses I recognized.

Pete and Lynn Simpson - Cody WY

Feb 19, 2014
www.laramieboomerang.com

This is Pete and this is Lynn Simpson.

Lynn: With Wyoming Public Radio we can participate as members of the world, as members of our nation. We can be informed; we have access, what is happening in our lives as Americans.

Pete: It isn’t shrill, it’s reasonable. And in a world of shrillness and sharpness and sound-bites, point is there’s language. There’s depth, there’s reason. This station, this connection, does not abandon reason or thoughtful consideration.

This is Pete and this is Lynn Simpson.

Ed Barbier - Centennial WY

Feb 19, 2014

My name is Ed Barbier, I’m from Centennial Wyoming. When the Venezuela President Hugo Chavez died, I was driving to Laramie with my daughter; we were driving from Centennial to Laramie.

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