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TUNED IN: A Public Radio Date Worth Celebrating


How’d you spend Thursday?

Was there a cake? Party balloons? A little dancing?  

No? Well there could have been.

On June 27, 1945 — 74 years ago — the Federal Communications Commission set aside space on the FM dial for noncommercial educational use. Thus, one-fifth of FM channels — the ones on the left of the dial (88-92MHz) — are dedicated to noncommercial use.

About a quarter-century later, National Public Radio made its debut. And 1980 saw the debut of High Plains Public Radio, an organization dedicated to serving the public through quality programs and trustworthy news.

All of this broadcasting goodness was helped along the way by the FCC’s 1945 decision to reserve space for the sort of community service-oriented programs heard on HPPR. Maybe have a cupcake in honor of this big moment in history. Or if the spirit moves you, do your part to support public radio on the High Plains.



HPPR To Air “TEXAS” Musical July 4

On Thursday, July 4, High Plains Public Radio will air a production of the 2019 “TEXAS Outdoor Musical.” In fact, we’re so excited about this special programming for the Fourth that it will be broadcast twice. The first opportunity will be at 9 a.m. and the second will be at 7 p.m. 

Please mark your calendars to be a part of this Lone Star State gem.


Fun facts to know and share from this week’s news on High Plains Public Radio and HPPR Connect:

> “We took a hit with the weather. The one thing that we couldn't control.” — Christy Davis, outgoing director of Symphony in the Flint Hills.

READ MORE | Record Rainfall In The Midwest Is Curbing Outdoor Fun And Hurting Businesses

> “Tick-borne diseases are on the increase in the United States. … In fact, in 2017, we had the highest numbers of all the reportable tick-borne diseases reported that year ever in history." — Ben Beard, deputy director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the CDC.

READ MORE | In Texas, Where Mosquitoes Thrive, Tick-Borne Diseases Are Often Overlooked

> “Even if you want to be physically active in rural areas, you might not have the ability to do so because the facilities just don’t exist.” — Geoffrey Whitfield, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

READ MORE | Pumping Iron Instead Of Gas, A Small Kansas Town Gets Healthy In An Old Filling Station


HPPR.org is your go-to spot for the latest news from the High Plains region, as well as our events, exclusives, and features. You’ll also find the latest national and international news. Here are this week’s TOP STORIES from our website.

  1. Texas Tribune's List Of Organizations Accepting Donations For Migrant Children At TX/Mex Border

  2. Opinion: Here's A Dad Joke! What Does The Buffalo Tell His Son In The Morning?

  3. 'I Want To Go Back': The Yazidi Girls Who Did Not Want To Be Rescued From ISIS

  4. Meet The Residents Of A Norwegian Island Who Want To Kill Time — Literally

  5. Texas Gained Almost Nine Hispanic Residents For Every Additional White Resident Last Year

  6. Report: Kansas Utilities Run Coal Plants Year-Round Even Though It Costs Ratepayers Millions

  7. New Homes Set To Replace Parts Of Historic African-American Farming Town

  8. Helping Homeless Youth Means Counting Them When School Is Out

  9. Texas Poised To Become National Leader In Solar Power

  10. Thistle Caterpillar Adds One More Item To Soybean Farmers’ 2019 List of Woes


HPPR’s Living Room Concert series brings live music to the High Plains. Check out the schedule here.


PUBLIC RADIO is only as strong as our community. Please share this weekly update with your friends, family, neighbors, movie execs no longer singing, “Who ya gonna call?”, anyone reading a news story on ancient crocodile diets and saying, “Yeah, but they didn’t talk about it constantly like all my vegetarian friends,” and everyone looking to hire a sorority rush consultant.

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— Compiled by Bob Davis