50th Anniversary

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!

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.

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.

Ben Slater

Huzzah! The Wyoming Public Media 2016 Spring Membership Drive has officially wrapped up.

Thank you to all of our listeners who made a pledge and supported all of our services. We truly have the best members in the country.

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

    

Jim Kearns

The Beatles In America - 1964: On Wyoming Public Radio

Feb 5, 2014

The Beatles in America - 1964 on Wyoming Public Radio

  • Friday Feb 7 at 11am
  • Sunday Feb 9 at 2pm (repeat)

Celebrate the British Invasion and the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles first trip to America.