Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes shares with listeners the process of  day to day life in news, travels, and other on-goings of Wyoming Public Media's staff and reporters. Behind The Scenes will showcase a variety of events including what goes into creating an Open Spaces story, traveling across Wyoming for a music festival, and even the start and finish of our member supported fund-drives. Check out Wyoming Public Media's inner workings on the posts below.

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Behind The Scenes
4:12 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Pinedale Meet-And-Greet

WPM's Director of Sustainability & Services Brenda Bland,Tony Gosar, WPM's General Manager Christina Kuzmych and Victor Fonseca at Rock Rabbit Cafe in Pinedale.
Credit Terry Allen

The Meet-and-Greet is a WPR tradition that takes the General Manger out of the office and into Wyoming’s cities and towns to meet with listeners and hear their thoughts. Often other WPR staff members traveling through the state on assignments join in the fun and add to the conversation.

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Behind The Scenes
5:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Altitude Chophouse And Brewery Is Keeping The Pub In Public Radio

Altitude Head Brewer Jared Long brings out sample beer for the WPM staff to try.
Pamela Ten Eyck

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Behind The Scenes
1:15 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Membership Gifts

Photographer Dan Hayward and Membership Director Erin O’Doherty.
Anna Rader

Membership Director Erin O’Doherty, Member Stewardship Manager Sarah Brown Mathews, and photographer Dan Hayward, whose image we're using on our Fall 2014 gifts, proudly model the new bison long sleeve t-shirt and mug that we are offering as thank you gifts for membership donations to Wyoming Public Media. To go along with the bison theme, we also have a shopping bag with a WPR bison image!

Behind The Scenes
3:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Sheridan Meet-And-Greet

Christina Kuzmych and Micah Schweizer with Ace Young at Java Moon in Sheridan.

The Meet-and-Greet is a WPR tradition that takes the General Manger out of the office and into Wyoming’s cities and towns to meet with listeners and hear their thoughts. Often other WPR staff members traveling through the state on assignments join in the fun and add to the conversation.

Behind The Scenes
3:48 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn Stops By Wyoming Public Media

Jarl Mohn new CEO at NPR paid a visit to Wyoming Public Radio in Laramie July 27th. Many staff members came in to meet NPR's new chief.
Diana Denison

When Jarl Mohn, NPR’s new CEO, first mentioned that he planned to make a short trip across the U.S in a single-engine plane, dropping in on stations along the way, Wyoming Public Radio got on the list. We were warned that if selected, we would have to be ready immediately, and we would have to flexible just in case weather and flight logistics got in the way. In short, the plan needed to be quick, simple, and adjustable.  No disappointment if it didn’t happen!

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Behind The Scenes
3:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Family From Staten Island Visits Wyoming Public Media

Andy, Leanna, WPR’s Grady Kirkpatrick and Carole Kass.
Diana Denison

The Kass family from Staten Island, NY are WPR members and part of the "Greater Cowboy Diaspora."

They visited Wyoming Public Media in July on their summer trip.

Behind The Scenes
3:43 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Colorado Bluegrass Band Thunder And Rain On Morning Music

Banjo player R.P. Oates, guitarist Erinn Lukes, and mandolin player Pete Weber pose after their live set on Morning Music.
Micah Schweizer

Golden, Colorado bluegrass band Thunder and Rain are known for their "Mountain Made Colorado Country" music. Three of the five band members, guitarist and vocalist Erinn Lukes, mandolin player Pete Weber, and banjo player and vocalist R.P. Oates stopped by Wyoming Public Media on June 6. They played a live set on Morning Music ahead of their show on June 7 in Woods Landing.

Behind The Scenes
10:49 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Local Cub Scout Troop Tours Wyoming Public Radio

Laramie cub scouts tour Wyoming Public Radio
Pat Gabriel

Pat Gabriel, Wyoming Public Radio’s Afternoon Host, showed Shawn’s cub scout troop the ropes in the broadcast studio and recording rooms. Reid Fletcher, Chief Engineer for WPM, shed some light on the intricate circuits transmitting radio signals across the state.

Behind The Scenes
4:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Seattle Musician Jill Cohn On Morning Music

Dave Sampson (with Simone) and Jill Cohn pose with Paul Montoya after their live set on Morning Music.
Anna Rader

Seattle singer-songwriter Jill Cohn and her guitarist Dave Sampson stopped by Wyoming Public Media on May 22 and played a live set on Morning Music with Paul Montoya. Jill played at Laramie's Coal Creek Coffee Company the night before. They were accompanied by Jill's well traveled pup Simone.

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Behind the Scenes
1:38 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The WYOmericana Caravan Kicks Off Its Summer Tour In Laramie

The WYOmericana Caravan with J Shogren Shanghai'd, Screen Door Porch, and Patti Fiasco pose with Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatrick and our superb audio engineer Ben Slater, after playing a great set on Morning Music.
Anna Rader

The Wyomericana Caravan pulled into Wyoming Public Radio on May 21 ahead of their kickoff show in Laramie at the Gryphon TheatreJ Shogren from Centennial, Patti Fiasco from Laramie/Fort Collins, and Screen Door Porch from Jackson.

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Behind the Scenes
3:12 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Experiencing Carl Kasell's Last Show On Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Tara and Carl take a selfie after his last show
Tara Kuipers

Wyoming Public Media supporter and listener Tara Kuipers happened to be in Washington D.C. this week. She was one of the lucky few who attended Carl Kassell's last Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! show on May 15. Read all about her once in a lifetime experience:

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Behind the Scenes
2:46 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

UW Songwriters Record For WPM's Single Shot Live

Lauren Adlhoch, Claire Korpela, Sarah Mark, and David Ginger (L to R) perform for Single Shot Live.
Credit Micah Schweizer

Four students from Julian Saporiti's 'American Popular Music: Songwriting' class at the University of Wyoming stopped by the WPM studios on May 8 to record two songs they wrote during the class.

Billing themselves as 'The Millenials,' the group performed a song written in the style of a '60s girl group but with lyrics written from the perspective of a 21st century woman.

Stay tuned for an upcoming feature on Single Shot Live

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Behind the Scenes
4:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UW Engineering Students Tour Wyoming Public Radio

Wyoming Public Radio's Engineering Coordinator Shane Toven acts as tourguide for Bob Kubichek's Electrical Engineering students.
Diana Denison

University of Wyoming Electrical Engineering students tour Wyoming Public Radio.

Behind the Scenes
1:12 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Larry Nance Jr., Cowboy Basketball Player And DJ On Morning Music

Cowboy Basketball Player Larry Nance Jr. and Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatick.
Diana Denison

Wyoming Public Radio welcomed All-Mountain West First Team University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball player Larry Nance Jr. as guest DJ on Morning Music.

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Larry about Final Four weekend basketball and played some of his favorites in good old R&B:

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Behind the Scenes
1:20 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Goal Of $340,000 For The Spring Membership Drive, Raised!

Credit Anna Rader

We did it! Wyoming Public Media made our goal of $340,000. Thank you to all of our listeners who made a pledge and supported all of our services.

It was possible thanks to your membership support! In addition, a huge thanks to all of our staff, reporters, phone volunteers, food donors, businesses and foundations for making the 2014 Spring Membership Drive our best to date.

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Behind the Scenes
1:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Help WPM Reach Our Fund Drive Goal!

Help us make our overall goal and reach the top of our fund drive thermometer! Our Membership Drive ends on April 1st.

Wyoming Public Media is a valuable resource in Wyoming. You listen at work, in the car & at home. Public radio provides the soundtrack to your life. 

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Behind the Scenes
8:46 am
Wed March 26, 2014

2014 Spring Membership Drive: Pet Wednesday

Grits, The Airedale Terrier, From Sundance, Thanks you.
Alana Greiner

Thank you to everyone who posted their pictures for our 2014 Spring Membership Drive during our fun tradition of Pet Wednesday! Check out these Wyoming Public Media listeners and their public radio loving pets.

Behind the Scenes
4:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

89.9 Signal In Torrington Stronger Than Ever

Attaching the transformer
Shane Toven

Our Engineers Shane Toven, Reid Fletcher and Ben Slater were hard at work replacing our transmitter and antenna to upgrade the 89.9 signal in Torrington. It's now running at 6000 watts, up from 250 watts.

For all our listeners in the Torrington area, 89.9 should be much stronger in the region.

Behind the Scenes
2:40 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WPM Music Hosts Introduce The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gryphon Theatre On March 1st

Grady Kirkpatrick and Tom Wilhelm, Wyoming Public Media hosts of Morning Music and the Ranch Breakfast Show, showed off their music industry connections. They were lucky enough to introduce the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gryphon Theatre in Laramie during their show on March 1st.

Behind the Scenes
2:32 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Spotted In Downtown Evanston

Credit Micah Schweizer

When our Cultural Affairs and Production Director Micah Schweizer was out and about in Evanston, he found evidence of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team. This small Wyoming town helped train and send the Jamaican team to the 2014 Olympics.

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Behind the Scenes
2:43 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Jeff Lockwood interviewed on Science Friday

Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood being interviewed by phone in WPR's studio C
Erin O'Doherty

Jeffrey Lockwood, University of Wyoming professor, entomologist and author of The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Love, and Loathe Insects, was interviewed on Science Friday via one of Wyoming Public Radio's studios.

Behind the Scenes
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

88.7 FM: Our Newest Frequency

Engineers Reid and Ben on the tower during the early stages of hanging the antenna.
Shane Toven

Construction of the new signal to serve Kaycee and I-25 between Casper and Buffalo is complete.  The new 1,600 watt signal can be heard in many areas where no other WPR service was previously available.  We are already receiving reports from a number of listeners about the new signal. Turn your dial to 88.7 FM if you happen to be traveling in that part of the state, or if you live in or near Kaycee.

Behind the Scenes
1:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

A cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers performs at WPM

Anna Rader

On a snowy and cold Thursday morning, the British a cappella vocal ensemble the King's Singer's warmed up the Morning Music studio. The King's Singers are on tour of festive performances across the United States. One of their stops includes a performance in Laramie at the University of Wyoming's Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

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Behind the Scenes
12:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

UW creative writing class records their work

Eric Krszjzaniek, Ginger Ko, Erin Jones, Manasseh Franklin, Jeff Lockwood
Credit Micah Schweizer

To end the fall semester, University of Wyoming Professor Jeff Lockwood’s Creative Nonfiction: The Short Form class recorded their final pieces for our literary series Spoken Words.

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12:44 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Record Goal Of $340,000 For The Fall Fund Drive, Raised!

Diana Denison

We did it! Wyoming Public Media made our record goal of $340,000. Thank you to all of our listeners who called and made a pledge to Wyoming Public Media and supported all of our services.  It was possible thanks to your membership support!

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Behind the Scenes
12:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

2013 Fall Membership Drive: Pet Wednesday

Here's a picture of Hanim the Wonder Dog on her last big hike -- 13 miles!! (Sweetwater Guard Station to Sweetwater Gap and back, and she carried a stick and played fetch The.Entire.Way.Back). Hanim listened to a LOT of WPR
Missy White

Thank you to everyone who posted their pictures for our 2013 Fall Membership Drive during our fun tradition of Pet Wednesday! Check out these Wyoming Public Media listeners and their public radio loving pets. 

Behind the Scenes
9:25 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pet Wednesday! Pledge your support to Wyoming Public Radio!

News reporters Bob Beck and Willow Belden hosting during Wyoming Public Radio's Pet Wednesday.
Credit Kathy Dempsey

Join the fun by making a pledge!

News reporters Bob Beck and Willow Belden were in the studio this morning. Pet Wednesday is a fun tradition during Wyoming Public Media's Fall Membership Drive.

"Like" us and post a picture of you and your pet(s) on the Wyoming Public Media facebook page.

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Behind the Scenes
4:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Atop Mccullough Peak, A WPM Transmitter Site

Arts and Culture Producer Micah Schweizer with Engineer Shane Toven

Engineers Shane Toven and Reid Fletcher spent last week on the road, servicing WPM transmitter sites around the state.

They stopped in Cody to upgrade some equipment at that area’s transmitter site and to give Arts and Culture Producer Micah Schweizer a ride back to Laramie.

Here are some photos from atop Mccullough peak.

Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

5th Annual Snowy Range Music Festival

Billy Branch

Labor Day weekend provided a great opportunity for everyone to attend the 5th Annual Snowy Range Music Festival in Laramie.  Highlights of the weekend included the March Fourth Marching Band, and Leftover Salmon with guests musicians Sam Bush and Bill Payne (Little Feat).  Also Travis Tritt, Jalan Crossland, Canned Heat and many more great musicians.  WPR's Paul Montoya was on hand to help MC the event.  Attending enjoyed great music, great food, and lots of sunshine.

Behind the Scenes
2:15 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Spring 2014 Membership Gifts

Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatrick and News Director Bob Beck model our new pronghorn t-shirt and sweatshirt.
Wyoming Public Media

Grady Kirkpatrick and Bob Beck were the first guys on the block to receive (and model) the new pronghorn  shirts that we are offering as thank-you gifts for membership donations to Wyoming Public Media.

We would be happy to send you a thank-you gift if you renew or become a member 

Rox Corbett of Powell donated the artwork on the shirts.

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