I Love Wyoming Public Radio

I Love Wyoming Public Radio week was February 7-14, 2017. It’s a project raising awareness for Wyoming Public Radio. Be a part of this week by considering what you love about WPR.

I Love Wyoming Public Radio week started September 7, 2014 to raise awareness for Wyoming Public Radio in Wyoming and was hugely successful. We received numerous testimonials and Proclamations, with more still coming! Most of these are proudly displayed below where you can read and listen. You can still be a big part of this initiative and help WPR. All it takes is a minute of your time. It's simple; just think what it is you appreciate about WPR and jot it down. You can record your thoughts, or you can mail them to us. Your testimonials can be short — usually one minute works well.

We will continue to make these testimonials available online and on-air as they come in. We will also refer to these testimonials as support material for grants and other instances where strong community engagement is needed to show WPR's value to Wyoming. This is very important to WPR. Granting organizations as well as state and federal entities want to know that their resources are being spent on a service that people value. This is where you come in. By making the testimonial you show that you value WPR.

Advocacy For WPR: Federal Delegation

A-Z Testimonials 

A selection of testimonials from Wyoming listeners:

Communities across the state issued official proclamations, including this one, read by some of the voices of WPR.

A-Z Proclamations

Join fellow listeners, community leaders, city and county officials, Wyoming celebrities, and all friends of WPR and provide YOUR testimonial, recorded or written, reflecting the benefits of Wyoming Public Radio to you. We welcome your support!

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 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.

Even Brande - Laramie, WY

Nov 14, 2017
Wyoming Public Radio & Media

Even Brande describes why he listens to Wyoming Public Radio. Shown here in the studio with Grady Kirkpatrick, co-hosting Wyoming Sounds on the anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album release, May 30, 2017.

Nancy Leon - Wilson Listener

Apr 3, 2017
Nancy Leon

My husband and I listen to WPR first thing every day, as a well-balanced , reliable source of local, regional, national and international news. We listen in the car and while we prepare our meals.

WPR connects us with other people and current events in WY, the only radio station to provide good coverage across our state.

We also listen to NPR as our first choice when we travel to other states, as our most valuable and reliable source of news and current affairs.

Rebecca Martinez Fitzgerald - WUNC ME Producer & Former WPR Reporter

Mar 31, 2017
Rebecca Martinez

Hi, WPR Team!

I had the wonderful privilege of working in the newsroom from 2011-2013. I was also there for one of the early Pet Wednesday pledge drive promotions. It was so much fun to hear how excited the listeners got about shout-outs for their cats and dogs (and sheep and horses and goats and chickens and iguanas)! The News team even dressed up as animals once!

Nancy Watkins

My husband and I are North Carolina residents, but have had a home in Jackson for many years. Until our recent retirement, we were not able to spend extended time in Wyoming.

This is our first winter stay and for the first time, we brought our “girls” with us. Even though we have had an excellent caretaker at home, there was no way we were going to leave Lily, 12-years-old and blind, and Roxie, 9-years-old, for the winter.        

Judy Lurie - Jackson Listener

Feb 23, 2017
Judy Lurie

It’s like starting my day with a friend.

NPR makes the news come alive, makes me feel connected. 
Were there no NPR, I’d be lonely.

Judy Lurie

Jackson, WY

Katie Younger - Hulett Listener

Feb 15, 2017
Katie Younger

See, I would have missed that wonderful interview with Ramon Djawadi if not for you!! When I moved here from Utah I was SO afraid I wouldn't have my NPR out here in the boonies (Hulett)...but imagine my surprise at your AMAZING statewide coverage. I love being treated like an adult with your thought-provoking interviews and reporting; I very much appreciate your in-depth coverage of Wyoming issues; and I can't do without my "Wait, wait" fix or your morning music. Thanks for keeping me thinking, smiling, crying, and jiving!

Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman - Listening From The Banks of Colorado River

Feb 14, 2017
Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman

We are snowbirds so we stream Wyoming Public Radio every morning to keep in touch with state news, including the work of the Wyoming Legislature. 

At this time in our country's history, it is especially important to find news that we can trust. As a lifetime journalist I cannot listen to clearly biased media on either side, but NPR satisfies my need to hear viewpoints from across the political spectrum.  Plus your weather reports shame us into not whining about weather down here on the Colorado River.  
Marjane Ambler & Terry Wehrman

Ken Bader - Former KUWR Director of Programming

Jan 30, 2017
Ken Bader

 

I was KUWR's Director of Programming from 1977-78. During my tenure, KUWR became a 50,000-watt NPR affiliate. Mick McLean was in charge of news, Curt Snook programmed classical music, and John Baxter coordinated the students. Our guiding light was General Manager and public radio pioneer John McMullen, one of the coolest guys on the planet.

I went on from KUWR to be an anchor, writer, and editor for the Voice of America. I then became Senior Editor of Monitor Radio, The World, and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

Tory Taylor - Dubois Listener

Jan 12, 2017
Tory Taylor

Like most Wyoming people who live in the country, I usually get up early in the morning when the eastern sky starts to glow. I stumble blurry-eyed into the kitchen, make a pot of strong coffee, and listen to the news on Wyoming Public Radio while planning my day. Listening to the news is important to me. It keeps me informed about international, national, and Wyoming events and issues. And this is real, old-fashioned news, not this newfangled "fake news" currently causing a buzz. I want facts. Wyoming Public Radio provides the accurate information I need in order to be a better citizen.

Naomi Stone - Mountain View Listener

Nov 16, 2016
Naomi Stone

NPR is pretty much all I listen to!  I was accused of being old and listening to talk radio last week at a trivia contest.  On my way to the contest there was a story about a composer who had died and there was a question in the trivia contest about one of the songs he wrote.  If I had not had the radio on I would not have had a clue!  How about that?  And I am proud to say that my two 30 something daughters are listeners as well.  Thanks to all of you who make public radio available and worthwhile.

Rev. Marilyn Engstrom - Speech Team Aired On KUWR - 1967

Sep 27, 2016
Marilyn Engstrom

This is Marilyn Engstrom. I live in Laramie, Wyoming, and I remember in the fall or in the winter of 1966-67, in that era. WPR joined with the Wyoming high school speech association and they had a radio broadcast as part of the speech team here on campus and the students that competed. We were given a piece of teletype. They had to quickly edit that news and present that along with a 5 minute commentary or editorial. It was a great fun, and I remember climbing up to the 4th floor of the Wyoming Union and getting to see the facilities and participate in that contest.

Frank Imhoff - Former KUWR News Director

Sep 22, 2016
Frank Imhoff

I was coordinator for news and public affairs for KUWR roughly during the Reagan years. I arrived in August 1980 and succeeded Abby Kendrick, who left to teach broadcast journalism at Howard University. John McMullen was the general manager, Mick McLean the program director, Dave Worley the chief engineer, Curt Snook the fine arts coordinator, and Tom Wilhelm was the king of bluegrass as long as I can remember.

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.

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

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.

I Love WPR Wright Proclamation

Feb 18, 2015
Town of Wright and Wyoming Public Media

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

    

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