Wyoming Public Media

Behind The Scenes
3:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Family From Staten Island Visit Wyoming Public Media

Andy, Leanna, WPR’s Grady Kirkpatrick and Carole Kass.
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.

Open Spaces
3:51 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Wyoming Reporter Says Goodbye

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.”

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Arts
2:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Halloween With David Sedaris At The University Of Wyoming

Humor writer David Sedaris

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 This event features new and unpublished readings of Sedaris's work and a book signing and optional Halloween costume contest.

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Behind the Scenes
4:37 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

89.9 Signal In Torrington Stronger Than Ever

Attaching the transformer
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.

Behind the Scenes
4:20 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Volunteer For Our Spring Membership Drive

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?

Wyoming Stories
9:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wyoming Makes An Impression On Walt Niekamp

Walt Niekamp

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.

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Station Activities
2:30 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Travelers Between Casper and Buffalo Can Now Enjoy Uninterrupted WPM Service

Shane Toven, Wyoming Public Media’s Director of Engineering, at the Kaycee tower.
Credit 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. 

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Station Activities
2:27 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wyoming Public Media Received Grant To Fund An Education Reporter

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. 

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Station Activities
2:24 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

WPM Strengthens Cultural Affairs Reporting

Micah Schweizer, Wyoming Public Media’s new Cultural Affairs & Production Director.
Credit 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.

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Station Activities
2:16 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

WPM Expands Natural Resources And Energy Reporting In Wyoming

Stephanie Joyce, Wyoming Public Media’s new Natural Resources Reporter.
Credit 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.

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Station Activities
2:13 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wyoming Public Media Expands Energy Reporting Through A Multi-State CPB Grant

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.

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Station Activities
2:09 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

WPM News Department Captures Multiple Awards

Bob Beck and the Wyoming Public Media news team. Left to right Willow Belden, Stephanie Joyce, Bob Beck, Rebecca Martinez and Irina Zhorov

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 

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Signal Improvement
1:59 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Lander/Riverton and the Wind River Reservation Received Stronger Wyoming Public Radio Service

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.

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Wyoming Stories
1:04 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Community Recordings Schedule

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

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

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Arts
12:36 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

WPM MLK Day Specials - Monday Jan. 20th

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.

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Single Shot Live
1:30 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Reverend Freakchild: In My Time Of Dying

Credit Micah Schweizer

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

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Behind the Scenes
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

88.7 FM: Our Newest Frequency

Engineers Reid and Ben on the tower during the early stages of hanging the antenna.
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.

Wyoming Stories
3:48 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #1

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

Subscribe to the Wyoming Stories podcast here.

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Single Shot Live
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Gooding: I'm Not Listening

Credit 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.

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Support
12:44 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Record Goal Of $340,000 For The Fall Fund Drive, Raised!

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!

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Behind the Scenes
12:45 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

2013 Fall Membership Drive: Pet Wednesday

Here's a picture of Hanim the Wonder Dog on her last big hike -- 13 miles!! (Sweetwater Guard Station to Sweetwater Gap and back, and she carried a stick and played fetch The.Entire.Way.Back). Hanim listened to a LOT of WPR
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. 

Single Shot Live
12:12 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Lynn Miles: More

Credit 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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Letters from the General Manager
12:49 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

General Manager Letter, Fall 2013

Dear WPM Members and Listeners --

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. 

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Single Shot Live
12:38 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

There Is No Mountain: Waterbound

Credit Anna Rader

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.

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Single Shot Live
12:42 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Underhill Rose: Little House

Credit Anna Rader

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".

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News
3:50 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Wyoming Stories featured in the Los Angeles Times

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.
Credit Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times

Wyoming Public Media's project, Wyoming Stories, was recently featured in an article by the Los Angeles Times by reporter John M. Glionna. Click here to read the full story.

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Station Activities
12:29 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

WPM Meet and Greet

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.

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Behind the Scenes
4:22 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Coming in September: Single Shot Live

Molly Rose - guitar and lead vocals of Underhill Rose
Anna Rader

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.

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Behind the Scenes
2:26 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

HD Radio Drawing Winner, Marsha Knight

Marsha Knight, Professor of Theatre & Dance with Christina Kuzmych, WPM General Manager.
Kathy Dempsey

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.

Open Spaces
3:08 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

News Director Bob Beck reflects on 25 years at WPR

Wyoming Public Radio News Director Bob Beck hosts Morning Edition at WPR’s studio in Laramie
Credit Willow Belden

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.

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