This week Wyoming Public Radio reporter Irina Zhorov left Wyoming for a new job in Pittsburgh. When Irina came to Wyoming from Philadelphia in 2010 she had questions about her new state. When she graduated from her Master’s program in 2012 she wrote us this essay called “Letter to Wyoming.”
Wyoming Public Media presents NPR humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris at the University of Wyoming’s A&S Auditorium Oct 31st. This event features new and unpublished readings of Sedaris's work and a book signing and optional Halloween costume contest.
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.
Are you looking for a way to become more involved with Wyoming Public Media? Do you love listening to WPR, Classical, or Jazz Wyoming? Do you like meeting new people? Enjoy Laramie restaurants and free food?
Walt Niekamp and his wife, Dorothy, lived in Casper years ago where they taught in the Natrona County schools. He has never forgotten Wyoming’s hospitality and landscape. Walt describes how his love for Wyoming, as well as his own career in media, inspired him to support Wyoming Public Media.
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.
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.
Although it was one of the most challenging and controversial chapters of his career, the final year of King's life has not been the focus of significant public attention. This dramatic and illuminating documentary uses a rich mix of archival tape, oral histories and contemporary interviews to paint a vivid picture of what may have been the most difficult year of Dr. King's life.
8pm - A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Gooding is soul-stirring, animated Rock ‘n’ Roll from the plains. Guitarist/Singer and namesake “Gooding” and his band of brothers, Jesse Rich and Billy Driver, have been touring nonstop for 8 years. Their live shows are infused with the confident energy and heart-on-your-sleeve emotion that only comes from 3 childhood friends living out their dream on the road.
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!
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.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Thank you for your dedication and support for Wyoming Public Media! You often hear us say that YOU, the individual, are our most stable source of revenue. I can't stress this point enough. While state and federal funding reacts to the economy, your individual support remains true.
There Is No Mountain is a reference to a Zen koan, a lyric from a Donovan song, and an Americana/psych-pop duo known for its catchy off-kilter sonic adventures. The Portland, Oregon based band are married couple Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, classical arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic sounds are all a part of There Is No Mountain.
Asheville based Americana band Underhill Rose kicks off our new web music series, Single Shot Live. Grab a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice) and listen to Underhill Rose and their heartfelt country tune, "Little House".
Shigeru Yabu of Camarillo spent his childhood years during World War II at a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming, where he cared for a magpie. He told his bird tale to the Wyoming Stories oral-history project.
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.
Music is just the thing to perk up your day! Single Shot Live will bring you one song recorded live at the WPM studios and the artist’s comments about the song, plus a slide-show of the performance. If you know a musician or group that you’d like to hear (and see), let us know. And if you’re a musician or group that would like to be featured, that’s right, let us know.
Congratulations to our HD Radio winner, Marsha Knight, Professor of Theatre & Dance at the University of Wyoming. She took a break from this summer’s Snowy Range Dance Festival to pick up her new HD Radio she won in the year-end membership drive drawing.
Wyoming Public Radio’s news director, Bob Beck, has been with the station for 25 years this month. During that time, the station has received 81 national, regional and state awards. Bob himself is a two-time winner of Edward R. Murrow awards and has contributed to two Emmy-award-winning television projects.
WPM’s Shades of Ireland tour landed in Dublin on June 10th following an overnight flight from Denver. Our group included twelve Wyomingites, yours truly and my wife Cheryl, Rick Dowe, Jim and Carol Jacobs, Ron and Brenda Delaney all from Laramie, Rick and Sue Chambers from Cheyenne, Sue Ann Robertson from Casper along with her sister Grace Robertson from Wilson and Glen Mooney from Sheridan.