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.

Paul Montoya

Another Halloween came and went, along with our event with author and humorist David Sedaris. We asked attendees to show up up in their best dressed for Wyoming Public Media's first ever costume contest. We were astounded by how many amazing costumes we saw, which made it nearly impossible to choose a winner. Thank you to everyone who came to David Sedaris and participated in our Halloween costume contest, it was a blast!

If you attended the event and wore a costume, please send us your photo to be included in this post: arader1@uwyo.edu

Mulligan Stew

Thank you for posting your many delightful photos of four-legged Wyoming Public Radio fans!

The winner of this year's  "My Pet Loves Wyoming Public Radio" photo contest that received the most listener votes is…

Olive, Office Director, who may "...run the office, but Wyoming Public Media is in charge of our national news and music. They deserve a raise! Thank you Wyoming Public Media."

Goal Of $300,000 For The Fall Membership Drive, Raised!

Oct 6, 2014
Ray Mitchell

You did it! Listeners made Wyoming Public Media's goal of $300,000. 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 Fall Membership Drive our best to date.

Mountain Dog by Katie Roenigk

Check out the menagerie of pets listening to Wyoming Public Radio! Thanks to everyone who posted pictures of your pets on our Facebook for Pet Wednesday and for our photo contest.

The "My Pet Loves Wyoming Public Radio Contest" ran from Oct. 1st-Oct. 8th.

"My Pet Loves Wyoming Public Radio" Photo Contest site.

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.

Pamela Ten Eyck

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.

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.

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!

Family From Staten Island Visits Wyoming Public Media

Jul 21, 2014
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.

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.

Local Cub Scout Troop Tours Wyoming Public Radio

May 27, 2014
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.

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.

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.

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:

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

UW Engineering Students Tour Wyoming Public Radio

Apr 18, 2014
Diana Denison

University of Wyoming Electrical Engineering students tour Wyoming Public Radio.

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:

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

Apr 3, 2014
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.

Help WPM Reach Our Fund Drive Goal!

Mar 27, 2014

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. 

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.

89.9 Signal In Torrington Stronger Than Ever

Mar 6, 2014
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.

WPM Music Hosts Introduce The Steep Canyon Rangers

Mar 3, 2014

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.

Spotted In Downtown Evanston

Mar 3, 2014
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.

Jeff Lockwood interviewed on Science Friday

Jan 3, 2014
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.

88.7 FM: Our Newest Frequency

Jan 3, 2014
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.

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

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.

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!

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. 

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