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High Plains Public Radio Receives Grant From The Mary E. Bivins Foundation


AMARILLO, TX – The Mary E. Bivins Foundation has awarded High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) a $20,000 grant.

The Bivins Foundation’s grant will allow HPPR to repair the transmission system of KTOT-FM 89.5-Spearman-Perryton, restoring it to 100% power and its full northeast Texas Panhandle coverage area. 

KTOT is one of HPPR’s five stations that serve people in the Texas Panhandle.  KTOT, KJJP-FM 105.7-Amarillo, KTXP-FM 91.5-Bushland, KTOT-FM, and KTDH-FM 89.3-Dalhart broadcast a mix of news, public affairs, music, and cultural programming and FM 94.9-Amarillo broadcasts news and public-affairs programming 24 hours a day (see schedule at www.hppr.org/schedule/week/hppr).

"We're very grateful to the Foundation’s support,” said HPPR Executive Director Will Murphy.  Costs to operate five stations in Texas and the other 13 station across the High Plains are extremely high.  So, when major repairs are required, we need the help of our foundation supporters."

The Mary E. Bivins Foundation was founded in 1949 “to improve and enrich the quality of life in the 26-county Texas Panhandle through our ability to provide short-term rehabilitation, long-term services and support for the elderly and their families, to educate ministers to preach the Christian religion and to share resources with partners addressing critical community needs" ().

HPPR has been providing public-radio service for 40 years, starting in 1980 with the launch of its first station in southwest Kansas.  Over the years, HPPR has grown to provide service to nearly 300 communities in 80 counties across four states in the High Plains region through an interconnected network of 12 FM stations and six FM translators.

More information about High Plains Public Radio and its programs and projects are available at www.hppr.org or by calling 800-678-7444.