Wyoming Public Media is opening the position of Director of Engineering and Technology. Shane Toven, long-time Director of Engineering at WPM, has taken a new position as Editor of Radio Magazine. He will remain with WPM in a part-time capacity.
This position offers a rare opportunity to work with a state network and travel throughout Wyoming, one of the most beautiful states in the union. The network is financially strong, and recently received a $1 million state appropriation for infrastructure upgrades.
Wyoming Public Radio improves its signal in Torrington, and surrounding areas. The signal at 89.9, with call letters KEUW, includes Guerney and reaches into Nebraska, significantly improving Wyoming Public Radio’s signal in a critical part of Wyoming. Wyoming Public Radio is part of the Wyoming Public Media State Network, which provides three public radio services in Wyoming as well as an online service at wyomingpublicmedia.org. Wyoming Public Media serves as Wyoming’s NPR affiliate.
The WPM Forum on Coal, a moderated discussion about the challenges coal is currently facing politically, economically and environmentally, how that could impact Wyoming in the future, and ways the state is innovating to keep coal relevant, will air on Open Spaces. WPM guests included Wyoming Treasurer Mark Gordon, Rocky Mountain Power VP Rita Meyer and Clean Energy Action co-founder Leslie Glustrom. The forum was held February 26, at 7pm, in front of a live audience at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne will rebroadcast on Open Spaces Friday Feb.
Wyoming Public Radio’s signal has moved from 91.3 FM to 91.7 FM. Responding to public comments about signal deterioration, Wyoming Public Media applied to the FCC and was granted a modification for translator station K217ED. The signal is boosted from 99 to 250 watts, and the transmitter will be raised higher. This should improve both the quality and the signal strength of Wyoming Public Radio for listeners in the west side of the Tetons.
As part of the UW request to the Wyoming legislature, WPM requested $2.5 million in the 2014 legislative session for critical infrastructure upgrades and replacements. WPM operates sites throughout the state. Many of them are operating on equipment far past its useful time. The most critical sites serve Laramie/Cheyenne and Rock Springs.
“Wyoming Public Radio” is a state treasure. Every Wyomingite should be able to access on ratio the public programming it provides, as well as critical emergency broadcasts,” says Christina Kuzmych, WPM General Manager.
WPM completed installation of a new transmitter and antenna near Kaycee that bridges the stretch of Interstate 25 between Casper and Buffalo. The new signal provides a good amount of overlap with the 91.3 signal from Casper and fades where the 90.5 Buffalo signal begins. A number of new areas between the 90.5 Buffalo and 90.9 Gillette signals along Interstate 90 are also now covered.
“The new signal, 88.7 KUWK, improves listening in an area that historically has suffered weak coverage” says Shane Toven, WPM Director of Engineering.
Wyoming Public Media received a CPB grant to strengthen education reporting in Wyoming as part of the national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen program. This long term national public media commitment, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), assists public broadcasting stations in reporting on a wide array of education issues that impact graduation rates in their communities. The grant provides partial support for a full-time education reporter for WPM and encourages WPM to build partnerships with education stakeholders in the state.
Micah Schweizer, an award winning radio producer from Indiana, joined the staff as the WPM Cultural Affairs and Production Director.
Schweizer’s task is a broad one—he reports on anything and everything cultural, and includes orchestras, ensembles, bands, museums, artists, writers, among others. Online programs, such as Single Shot Live, are part of his beat. As an introduction to Wyoming, he was assigned the task of driving through the state and recording people for the Wyoming Stories series.
Left to right, Christina Kuzmych, General Manager of Wyoming Public Media, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, Susan Frye, Dean of Outreach School, University of Wyoming, in front of the StoryCorps booth in Cheyenne.
In May of 2013, members of The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund board announced that Wyoming Public Media’s new oral histories project had been awarded a $25,000 grant to build its Wyoming Stories program. The program was kicked off in July, when the nationally acclaimed StoryCorps rolled its MobileBooth into the parking lot of the Laramie County Public Library in Cheyenne.
Stephanie Joyce joined our reporting staff in the George B. Storer Foundation funded position of National Resources/Energy Reporter. Stephanie is an award-winning reporter from Alaska. Her reporting focuses on issues that impact Wyoming’s natural resources and energy extraction and use.
“Wyoming is at the vortex of natural resource protection and energy production and research. This is an exciting area to cover because it brings so many disparate interests together,” says Stephanie Joyce, WPM Natural Resources/Energy reporter.
WPM will partner with Wyoming PBS in a two year grant awarded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to report on energy-related issues in the Rocky Mountain area. Wyoming will join public broadcasters in Colorado and North Dakota to provide coverage of energy that explores tradeoffs and opportunities, and the effects of energy policy, production, use and innovation.
While originating with a focus on the energy boom states of Wyoming, Colorado, and North Dakota and Wyoming, the reporting will explore issues of national interest and importance.
Wyoming Public Media’s General Manager Christina Kuzmych, Director of Engineering Shane Toven, and WPM Engineer Reid Fletcher will be in Sheridan for a Meet and Greet, Friday August 30th, from 7:30-9 am.
The Meet and Greet will be held at Java Moon, located on 170 North Main in Sheridan. Stop by to chat about WPM, ask questions, have coffee, and meet a few other public radio listeners in your area.
Wyoming Public Media’s General Manager Christina Kuzmych and Director of Engineering Shane Toven will be in the Cody and Thermopolis areas in the next few days. They’ll be in Cody on Thursday morning from 7:30 to 9, at the Rocky Mountain MoJoe on 10th & Sheridan. Come by for a cup of coffee and a chat.
To make a reservation for StoryCorps stop in Cheyenne, clickhere or call 800-850-4406.
StoryCorps, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs, will record interviews in Cheyenne from Fri. July 12 to Sat. Aug. 3 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour.
Wyoming Public Media welcomes students to consider internship opportunities at WPM. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Internships are designed to establish a meaningful and positive internship experience for the student. The internships enable students to understand how a public radio station operates and how to relate this experience to academic and professional goals. WPM internships are unpaid, for-credit opportunities.
Wyoming Public Media welcomed Bert DeVroey, from Belgian Public Radio VRT, who was traveling in the US to cover the presidential elections. He dropped in to WPM to see first-hand how a state network operates and how it deals with funding issues and to visit with General Manager Christina Kuzmych.
The Wyoming Public Media Mobile App allows you to listen to Wyoming Public Media live, pause and rewind live audio, and view the program schedule for Wyoming Public Radio, Classical Wyoming and for Jazz Wyoming streams at once! You can explore On Demand content, search for stories, bookmark a show or story for later, and wake up to your favorite Wyoming Public Media programing with the alarm clock – all for free!
General Manager Christina Kuzmych joined Wyoming Public Media in June, 2011, bringing 27 years of public broadcasting experience to Wyoming.
Kuzmych serves as President of PRIMA (Public Radio in Mid America), a position she has held since 2009. She is an active leader and member of several professional organizations including Western States Public Radio, and serves on committees dealing with public broadcasting legislative issues as well as initiatives in new technology.
· Wyoming Public Media held a successful fund drive, meeting and surpassing the goal. The next drive is coming up in April. We’re deeply grateful to all listeners who contribute during the fund drives making it possible for WPM to support the annual operating budget.
· Several new revenue “points of opportunity” will be coming up, including a “Day of Dedication” on Valentine’s Day and possibly Memorial and Veterans’ Days. These are one-day opportunities for listeners to purchase short dedications to air on Wyoming Public Radio.