Will Murphy

Executive Director

HPPR welcomes Will Murphy as HPPR’s new Executive Director. He brings over 30 years of public radio experience to the High Plains region, most recently having served as Program Director of WFIU, the NPR station affiliated with Indiana University.

“I am very excited about the challenges this opportunity offers. HPPR has served the High Plains of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for almost 40 years," he said. "It has an enviable record of providing quality entertainment and information programs to a diverse geographic area."

Murphy has been part of the public radio industry since 1988 at stations in Wyoming and Indiana, serving as general manager at Northeast Indiana Public Radio in Fort Wayne and WFHB in Bloomington, Indiana. Much of his career has been in journalism, working in public, community and commercial broadcasting, as well as print. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from the University of Wyoming. The HPPR family is thrilled to have him on the team, helping ensure access to the best programming on the airwaves.

As the coronavirus situation unfolds, we at High Plains Public Radio understand and appreciate the concerns you and your families may be facing during these challenging and uncertain times.

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” That is certainly true in 2020. At High Plains Public Radio this year, I expected that the presidential election would be the big story of the year. And we had been planning for a big membership drive in March to help sustain the station through the typically lean summer months.

Coronavirus Daily, From NPR: Starting today, there's a new daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Hosted by Kelly McEvers, it's approximately 10 minutes in length and will publish weekdays at 4:30pm CT.

High Plains Public Radio announces two changes to its weekend program line-up. Starting this Saturday, February 29, HPPR will feature the two-hour program American Routes, hosted by award-winning musicologist Nick Spitzer. American Routes covers a broad spectrum of American music: blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.

"Radio is the most personal medium we have, because the human voice is so expressive. It's a storytelling medium and we all need storytelling." —Bill Siemering

I wanted to note for the record that today, February 26, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of the founding of National Public Radio—what we now call NPR. (The first broadcast wouldn't take place until April of 1971, but today represents the founding of the organization.)