Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes shares with listeners the process of  day to day life in news, travels, and other on-goings of Wyoming Public Media's staff and reporters. Behind the Scenes will showcase a variety of events including what goes into creating an Open Spaces story, traveling across Wyoming for a music festival, and even the start and finish of our member supported fund-drives.  Check out Wyoming Public Media's inner workings on the pages below.

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Behind the Scenes
4:46 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UW Engineering Students Tour Wyoming Public Radio

Wyoming Public Radio's Engineering Coordinator Shane Toven acts as tourguide for Bob Kubichek's Electrical Engineering students.
Diana Denison

University of Wyoming Electrical Engineering students tour Wyoming Public Radio.

Behind the Scenes
1:12 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Larry Nance Jr., Cowboy Basketball Player And DJ On Morning Music

Cowboy Basketball Player Larry Nance Jr. and Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatick.
Diana Denison

Wyoming Public Radio welcomed All-Mountain West First Team University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball player Larry Nance Jr. as guest DJ on Morning Music.

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Larry about Final Four weekend basketball and played some of his favorites in good old R&B:

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Behind the Scenes
1:20 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Goal Of $340,000 For The Spring Membership Drive, Raised!

Credit Anna Rader

We did it! Wyoming Public Media made our goal of $340,000. 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 Spring Membership Drive our best to date.

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Behind the Scenes
1:12 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Help WPM Reach Our Fund Drive Goal!

Help us make our overall goal and reach the top of our fund drive thermometer! Our Membership Drive ends on April 1st.

Wyoming Public Media is a valuable resource in Wyoming. You listen at work, in the car & at home. Public radio provides the soundtrack to your life. 

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Behind the Scenes
8:46 am
Wed March 26, 2014

2014 Spring Membership Drive: Pet Wednesday

Grits, The Airedale Terrier, From Sundance, Thanks you.
Alana Greiner

Thank you to everyone who posted their pictures for our 2014 Spring Membership Drive during our fun tradition of Pet Wednesday! Check out these Wyoming Public Media listeners and their public radio loving pets.

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
2:40 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

WPM Music Hosts Introduce The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gryphon Theatre On March 1st

Grady Kirkpatrick and Tom Wilhelm, Wyoming Public Media hosts of Morning Music and the Ranch Breakfast Show, showed off their music industry connections. They were lucky enough to introduce the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Gryphon Theatre in Laramie during their show on March 1st.

Behind the Scenes
2:32 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Spotted In Downtown Evanston

Credit Micah Schweizer

When our Cultural Affairs and Production Director Micah Schweizer was out and about in Evanston, he found evidence of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team. This small Wyoming town helped train and send the Jamaican team to the 2014 Olympics.

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Behind the Scenes
2:43 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Jeff Lockwood interviewed on Science Friday

Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood being interviewed by phone in WPR's studio C
Erin O'Doherty

Jeffrey Lockwood, University of Wyoming professor, entomologist and author of The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Love, and Loathe Insects, was interviewed on Science Friday via one of Wyoming Public Radio's studios.

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.

Behind the Scenes
1:54 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

A cappella vocal ensemble The King's Singers performs at WPM

Anna Rader

On a snowy and cold Thursday morning, the British a cappella vocal ensemble the King's Singer's warmed up the Morning Music studio. The King's Singers are on tour of festive performances across the United States. One of their stops includes a performance in Laramie at the University of Wyoming's Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

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Behind the Scenes
12:06 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

UW creative writing class records their work

Eric Krszjzaniek, Ginger Ko, Erin Jones, Manasseh Franklin, Jeff Lockwood
Credit Micah Schweizer

To end the fall semester, University of Wyoming Professor Jeff Lockwood’s Creative Nonfiction: The Short Form class recorded their final pieces for our literary series Spoken Words.

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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. 

Behind the Scenes
9:25 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Pet Wednesday! Pledge your support to Wyoming Public Radio!

News reporters Bob Beck and Willow Belden hosting during Wyoming Public Radio's Pet Wednesday.
Credit Kathy Dempsey

Join the fun by making a pledge!

News reporters Bob Beck and Willow Belden were in the studio this morning. Pet Wednesday is a fun tradition during Wyoming Public Media's Fall Membership Drive.

"Like" us and post a picture of you and your pet(s) on the Wyoming Public Media facebook page.

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Behind the Scenes
4:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Atop Mccullough peak, a WPM transmitter site

Arts and Culture Producer Micah Schweizer with Engineer Shane Toven

Engineers Shane Toven and Reid Fletcher spent last week on the road, servicing WPM transmitter sites around the state.

They stopped in Cody to upgrade some equipment at that area’s transmitter site and to give Arts and Culture Producer Micah Schweizer a ride back to Laramie.

Here are some photos from atop Mccullough peak.

Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

5th Annual Snowy Range Music Festival

Billy Branch

Labor Day weekend provided a great opportunity for everyone to attend the 5th Annual Snowy Range Music Festival in Laramie.  Highlights of the weekend included the March Fourth Marching Band, and Leftover Salmon with guests musicians Sam Bush and Bill Payne (Little Feat).  Also Travis Tritt, Jalan Crossland, Canned Heat and many more great musicians.  WPR's Paul Montoya was on hand to help MC the event.  Attending enjoyed great music, great food, and lots of sunshine.

Behind the Scenes
2:15 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Spring 2014 Membership Gifts

Morning Music Host Grady Kirkpatrick and News Director Bob Beck model our new pronghorn t-shirt and sweatshirt.
Wyoming Public Media

Grady Kirkpatrick and Bob Beck were the first guys on the block to receive (and model) the new pronghorn  shirts that we are offering as thank-you gifts for membership donations to Wyoming Public Media.

We would be happy to send you a thank-you gift if you renew or become a member 

Rox Corbett of Powell donated the artwork on the shirts.

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
3:42 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

StoryCorps folks at Cheyenne Frontier Days

StoryCorps Facilitators Anna Berlanga and Callie Thuma pose behind the chutes during a Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

StoryCorps Bi-Lingual Facilitator Anna Berlanga and Facilitator Callie Thuma, had a chance to take a much needed break during their busy citizen interview schedule. They were able to experience the excitement of a Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on July 23rd thanks to sponsor CenturyLink.

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.

Behind the Scenes
1:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Weekend at the Big Horn Mountain Festival

The Quebe Sisters Band
Paul Montoya

The 9th Annual Big Horn Mountain Festival was held July 12, 13, and 14, at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Buffalo Wyoming. Wyoming Public Media's Morning Music hosts Grady Kirkpatrick and Paul Montoya traveled to the festival and enjoyed the summer sun and the many bands that played. Here are a few pictures from their weekend at the Big Horn Mountain Festival.

Behind the Scenes
2:16 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

StoryCorps Opening Day in Cheyenne

WPM General Manager Christina Kuzmych waiting for the crowd to gather.
Pam Ten Eyck

Take a look at the many on-goings during StoryCorps Opening Day in Cheyenne on July 12. Everyone at Wyoming Public Media had a role to play in the StoryCorps launch and the event went off without a hitch. From the press that were invited, to the live interviews and the conversations held, there was never a dull moment.

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Behind the Scenes
2:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Wyoming Public Media's Shades of Ireland Tour

St. Patrick's Altar

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. 

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Behind the Scenes
4:44 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Elephants in South Africa

The idea for this story came about when I was reporting on efforts to develop a contraceptive for male coyotes. One of scientists I interviewed, a professor of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming, mentioned that wildlife managers in many game reserves in South Africa are using birth control to manage burgeoning elephant populations.

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Behind the Scenes
11:51 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Pledge your support to WPM!

Wyoming Public Media News Team on Pet Wednesday
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Best of Wyoming
12:36 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Wyoming State Fair – Douglas

Shane Toven, Director of Enginnering at WPM broadcasting from the State Fair
Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Media captured the oral history of Wyoming’s families, farms and ranches during the 2012 Wyoming State Fair. WPM set up a booth giving away fans for the hot summer day and did a live broadcast with Grady Kirkpatrick’s Morning Music featuring an acoustic performance from Wyoming’s Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band.  WPM recorded Wyoming Oral Histories of fairgoers that stopped by to chat. Enjoy a few of these engaging stories on the link below…

State Fair Interviews

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Behind the Scenes
9:39 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Wyoming Public Media Holiday Open House

Wyoming Public Radio studio celebrating Year-End Drive - Irina Zhorov, Grady Kirkpatrick, Shaun Wilhelm, Bob Beck
Wyoming Public Media

Wyoming Public Radio celebrated the holidays at our Open House  Dec. 7 from 11 am - 4 pm.

Station Activities
2:01 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Pete and Lynne Simpson help draw the winning entry for the iPad drawing

Lynne Simpson, Grady Kirkpatrick, Erin O'Doherty & Pete Simpson
Wyoming Public Media

Pete and Lynne Simpson help draw the winning entry for the iPad drawing.   Lana Perrotti from Casper was the happy winner.

There were 3,497 entries during the Fall Membership Drive.

Behind the Scenes
1:48 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Boy Scouts Tour Wyoming Public Radio!

Pack of Bears - Boy Scout Troop
Wyoming Public Media

A local Pack of Bears - boy scout troop toured Wyoming Public Radio Oct. 24. As part of the requirements of the Bear Rank, they were asked to interview a radio reporter. Willow Belden shows them the tricks of the trade and offers them a tour of the recording studio.