Wyoming Stories

Wyoming Stories
12:14 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #5

Stories about the Snowy Range Ski Area, a sticky car crash, and how the Centennial train depot became a museum.

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Wyoming Stories
10:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Frontier Life In Centennial

Melanie O'Hara and some of her collection of mining antiques.
Credit Micah Schweizer

Melanie O’Hara grew up on the far side of the Hogback in Centennial. She reflects on the astonishing diversity of Centennial in the 19th century.

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Wyoming Stories
9:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings in Evanston

Evanston Listeners... Wyoming Public Media would like to record your Wyoming Story at the  Uinta Boces Education Center, room 202 on February 27 & 28.

To reserve a recording time in Evanston click here.

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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Wyoming Stories
11:56 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Murray Self Tells Three Centennial Classics

Murray Self
Credit Micah Schweizer

Murray "Murf" Self grew up in Centennial where his father Pat ran the Old Corral Hotel & Steakhouse. When Pat was eighteen years old, he started receiving a money from the VA on account of his own father’s death in World War I. This windfall marked the beginning of Pat Self’s tumultuous life with fancy cars.

Have you ever wondered why so many small towns have turned their old train depots into museums? In a story about his mother’s quest to open an interpretive center in Centennial, Self explains how.

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Open Spaces
3:55 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

StoryCorps: Pete Simpson Discusses His Parents And Growing Up Near Heart Mountain

Credit StoryCorps

This summer, StoryCorps set up a booth in Cheyenne to record Wyomingites interviewing one another and sharing their stories.

Today, we hear from two members of one of Wyoming’s most famous families.  Milward Simpson, the grandson of former Governor and U.S. Senator Milward Simpson, interviews his father Pete Simpson, a noted historian, educator, Republican nominee for Governor, and former legislator.  They begin their conversation talking about Pete’s parents.  

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Wyoming Stories
8:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Wild Times At The Stagecoach Bar

Wilden and Phil Round

Phil Round is a guitarist and singer from Jackson Hole.  He’s a member of the fabled Stagecoach Band, which holds down a weekly Sunday night gig and dance at the Stagecoach Bar in Wilson. Phil shares some early memories from the bar with his son, Wilden.

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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
2:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wyoming Public Media Received A Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Grant To Capture Wyoming’s Stories

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.

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Wyoming Stories
1:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Wyoming Stories Podcast #4

Stories from Jackson Hole about historic skiing, an indestructible skirt, and overcoming obstacles.

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Open Spaces
12:49 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bill Briggs Makes History Skiing Grand Teton

Bill Briggs' ski tracks can be seen near the top of Grand Teton.
Credit Powder Magazine

Bill Briggs, a Dartmouth graduate from Maine, moved to Jackson Hole and became North America’s “father of extreme skiing.” In Jackson he worked as a climbing and ski guide for many years, driven by his own passion and encouraged by the supportive outdoor community to surmount the insurmountable. In 1971, Briggs was the first person ever to descend the Grand Teton on skis, a feat most considered to be impossible.  His friend Spark M asks him to describe the experience.

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Wyoming Stories
1:48 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Wyoming Stories: A Quixotic Quest To Deliver 'Float-o-Graphs'

Marylee White and Charlie Thomas
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jackson resident Charlie Thomas recounts a local raft tour company owner's against-all-odds attempts to deliver 'float-o-graphs' to his rafting customers.

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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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Wyoming Stories
10:09 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Bert Raynes On His Love Of Nature

Bert Raynes
Credit Micah Schweizer

Bert Raynes, a distinguished naturalist in Jackson Hole, tells the story of how he became interested in wildlife. Bert has published many books about nature, and he continues to write a column titled “Far Afield” in the Jackson Hole News and Guide newspaper. Fellow Jackson resident Rebecca Huntington interviews him.

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Wyoming Stories
11:02 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Making A Difference In The Lives Of Students

Teffany Fegler
Credit Micah Schweizer

Teffany Fegler coordinates the University of Wyoming’s  Student Educational Opportunity Center in Ethete, WY. The daughter of two educators, she continues her family's legacy by helping students achieve the dream of going to college.

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Wyoming Stories
10:08 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Donna Robeson Remembers Life In South Pass City

Susan Layman & Donna Robeson
Credit Micah Schweizer

Donna Robeson’s great grandmother came to South Pass in 1868.  She was a converted Mormon from Scotland and married English immigrant Richard Sherlock.  They heard there was going to be a big gold strike, so they came to seek their fortunes in mining.  This dream didn’t quite pan out.  Instead, the family started hotel and ranching businesses to earn a living.  Donna tells historian Susan Layman what she remembers from her childhood, at the ranch and with her aunt and uncle in the hotel.

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Wyoming Stories
1:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Wyoming Stories: Pam Spencer-Hockett Recaptures The Pioneer Spirit

Pam Spencer-Hockett
Credit Micah Schweizer

Pam Spencer-Hockett was one of Wyoming's first woman architects. The cabin she built with her husband in Atlantic City ties into her family's pioneer heritage.

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Wyoming Stories
10:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings in Jackson

Jen Faulkner

Jackson Listeners... Wyoming Public Media would like to record your Wyoming Story at the Teton County Library on Friday, January 3 rd.

To reserve a recording time, visit the registration siteJackson Wyoming Stories Registration .

Wyoming Stories
2:51 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #3

The Wyoming Public Radio news team offers some holiday memories.

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Wyoming Stories
10:24 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Sergio Maldonado reflects on Native identity

Sergio Maldonado
Credit P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press

Sergio Maldonado is a Mexican-Arapaho who grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation outside of Lander, Wyoming.  He now teaches at Central Wyoming College in Riverton.  In these two stories, Sergio talks about his experience with the Arapaho and Shoshone tribes.  His personal history informs his understanding of Native identity.

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Wyoming Stories
8:28 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Wyoming Stories Community Recordings - CENTENNIAL

Photo: Bill Cooley

CENTENNIAL Listeners!
Wyoming Public Media will be at the Centennial Library on Wednesday, December 18th and Thursday, December 19th to capture your Wyoming Story or favorite Holiday Memory.

Click here to view Wyoming Stories gathered from around the state.

Wyoming Stories
4:13 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Togwotee Comes to Lunch

Tom Duncan
Credit Micah Schweizer

Tom Duncan grew up in Lander.  He comes from a family of Scottish immigrants that settled in Wyoming in the 1880s.  In 1900, Duncan’s grandfather trailed 5000 sheep to Fremont County, where he began a ranch along the western border of the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Duncan tells the family story of their Native American neighbor, Togwotee, for whom Togwotee Pass is named.

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Wyoming Stories
12:40 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wyoming Stories Podcast #2

In honor of Veterans Day, stories from the Vietnam and Iraq Wars.

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Wyoming Stories
4:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Community Recordings in Cheyenne

Listeners in Cheyenne! Wyoming Public Media will be at the Laramie County Library on December 9th to capture your Wyoming Story or favorite Holiday Memory.

To reserve a recording time, visit the registration site: Wyoming Public Media: Wyoming Stories - Cheyenne 

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Open Spaces
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Marine tells story from his Iraq tour

Jason Williams
Credit Micah Schweizer

Jason Williams is an Iraq War veteran from Lander. In 2004, he was part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Najaf.

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Wyoming Stories
10:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Steve Gyorvary recounts how he became a gold miner

Steve Gyorvary
Credit Micah Schweizer

Steve Gyorvary first came to South Pass, Wyoming in 1978. Ever since, he’s been working as a geologist and hard rock gold miner. He tells how he got into gold mining and acquired his own mine.

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Open Spaces
3:46 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

StoryCorps: Vietnam veteran talks about his time as a POW

Ted Gostas
Credit StoryCorps

For Veteran’s Day we have a StoryCorps segment of veteran Ted Gostas telling his wife Jody Gostas about being taken as a prisoner of war in the Vietnam War and his years in solitary confinement. Gostas remained a P-O-W for 5 years, 5 months, and 15 days. Of those captured in Northern Vietnam, he was one of only four POWs to stay in solitary confinement for more than four years. 

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Wyoming Stories
3:41 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Ruth Michels remembers a Yellowstone bear encounter

Ruth Michels
Credit Micah Schweizer

Ruth Michels lives in Cody, but she grew up in Laramie. Here, she remembers a childhood encounter with a black bear at Yellowstone National Park.

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Wyoming Stories
2:04 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Jim and Joan Dunrud remember Amelia Earhart

Joan and Jim Dunrud
Credit Micah Schweizer

Meeteetse residents Jim and Joan Dunrud remember Jim's parents' famous neighbor at the Double D Ranch, Amelia Earhart.

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Wyoming Stories
4:09 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Wyoming Stories: Learning to read in college

Credit Larry Struempf

Laramie resident Larry Struempf recalls the challenge of learning to read as a college student. He now teaches at Laramie County Community College in Laramie and is working on his doctorate.

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