Wyoming Public Media

HumaNature Gets National Press

Jan 20, 2016
Poynter.org

For media types (like us), The Poynter Institute is one of those places we look to for new ideas and a deeper understanding of the work we do—and how best to do it.

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

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.

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.

Wyoming Education Forum

Sep 8, 2014
Diana Denison

Listen Online! AIRS ON WPR: September 12 at 3:00pm, Repeats September 14 at 12pm. Listen online at wyomingpublicmedia.org.

AIRS ON Wyoming PBS: September 29 at 8:00pm, Repeats Tuesday 30 at 1:00pm and October 5 at 11:00am. wyomingpbs.org

Getting to the Core of the Common Core:

Pinedale Meet-And-Greet Friday, August 29th

Aug 28, 2014

Wyoming Public Media's General Manager Christina Kuzmych will be in Pinedale for a meet-and-greet Friday August 29th.

She looks forward to a casual chat with listeners in the Rock Rabbit Coffee Shop from 10-11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to meet listeners, hear concerns and compliments, and to get to know the people of Pinedale.

If you're in the area, please drop in and say hello!

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!

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn is visiting NPR member stations across the country and recently stopped by Wyoming Public Media. Mohn took over his position July first. He has worked in commercial broadcasting in both radio and television and has experience with MTV, the E television network, and even XM. He tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck how that background will help him guide NPR.

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.

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.”

David Sedaris At The University Of Wyoming

Apr 30, 2014
Wyoming Public Media

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.

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.

Volunteer For Our Spring Membership Drive

Mar 3, 2014
Anna Rader

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.

Shane Toven

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. 

WPM Strengthens Cultural Affairs Reporting

Feb 5, 2014
Micah Schweizer

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.

WPM Expands Natural Resources And Energy Reporting In Wyoming

Feb 5, 2014
Stephanie Joyce

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.

WPM News Department Captures Multiple Awards

Feb 5, 2014

In 2013 WPM’s award-winning news department added several more plaques to its wall of awards.  Led by veteran news director Bob Beck, the news team brought home awards in a variety of categories:

Best News Program:  Open Spaces “The Uranium show.”

Best Investigative Story:  Carbon Sink

Best Writing:  Douglas residents fear flaring

Soft Feature:  Carp can be composted 

Wyoming Public Radio is now heard on 90.9 in the Wind River corridor.   Classical Wyoming, WPM’s classical music service, is now heard on 91.9.  

Wyoming Public Media (WPM) changed frequencies in the Lander/Riverton area.

“The stronger KUWW 90.0 ensures an improved signal and has a broader reach.  The new signal represents a power increase from 10 watts to 8,000 watts,” says Shane Toven, WPM Director of Engineering.

Summer 2014 Community Recordings Schedule

Jan 24, 2014

Laramie: July 13 & 14 - Jubilee Days – Laramie Plains Museum

(To record your Wyoming Story in Laramie, click here.)

WPM MLK Day Specials - Monday Jan. 20th

Jan 17, 2014

2pm - King’s Last March

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.

Micah Schweizer

New York-based bluesman Reverend Freakchild brings some old-time religion to Single Shot Live.

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.

Stories about domestic abuse, burlesque dancing, Buffalo Bill’s chef, and learning to read.

Subscribe to the Wyoming Stories podcast here.

Micah Schweizer

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.

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. 

Micah Schweizer

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.

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