TUNED IN: Share Your Views By Calling Our Community Connection Hotline

Oct 5, 2018

Credit morningagclips.com

TUNED IN: Notes from Bob Davis, executive director of High Plains Public Radio

HPPR Connect wants to hear from listeners across the High Plains on what they see as important community issues. The Community Connection number is 806-553-0919.

HPPR Connect is more than a news service, thus we’re seeking feedback from community residents on the issues that concern them through the phone hotline.

We want people to take advantage of this forum. The exchange of ideas is key to a healthy democracy.
Callers can leave a voice message that will be transcribed. They are asked to share their name and a way to contact them, either a phone number or e-mail address. (No personal information will be shared with the public without a caller’s permission.) Ideas from the callers could be used in future radio announcements.

The Community Connection number is 806-553-0919


FRONT ROW: Martha Ruiz Martinez (Sen. Pat Roberts’ office), Mia Korbelik (Mariah Fund and DCCC Trustee); Kathy Ramsour (DCCC Trustee); Floris Jean Hampton (DCCC Trustee);  Bob Davis (HPPR Executive Director); Brad Ralph (Kansas House of Representatives)

BACK ROW: Tim Trent (KONQ-DCCC); Ryan Asmus (DCCC Coordinator); DCCC President Harold Nolte; Pat Hammit (SW Kansas Community Foundation); John Smithhisler (Fidelity Bank sponsor and former HPPR board president); Dale Bolton (HPPR Program and Operations Director); Chuck Springer (HPPR Chief Engineer); Kathleen Holt (HPPR Strategic Projects).

Dodge City Community College and High Plains Public Radio Celebrate Partnership

Officials from Dodge City Community College and HPPR had a party Tuesday at the offices of KONQ/91.9-FM in Dodge City. We celebrated the programming partnership that allows HPPR to provide most of its news and entertainment shows to the community college’s FM station. KONQ will continue to air a Spanish-language program from noon until 4 p.m. on weekdays as well as Sunday morning programming. Dodge City listeners should receive a clearer signal of High Plains Public Radio’s shows via KONQ.

The Mariah Fund is a significant contributor to this project, and deserves a round of applause. The same goes for the team at Dodge City Community College, including Dr. Harold Nolte, school president. More details from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

Also, check out this video of the satellite being lifted into position outside KONQ’s studios. A special thanks goes to Davis Electric for helping us hoist the dish:


A Reminder of Why To Support HPPR

High Plains Public Radio’s Fall Membership Drive starts next week. That means HPPR will be raising support for its quality programs during the lead-up to next month’s midterm elections.

I can’t think of a better time to demonstrate the necessity of supporting fair and responsible journalism than right now. An example of our commitment to provide relevant information came last week when HPPR.org offered viewers a live video-stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing that featured U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

In a media landscape full of loud voices and angry partisanship, High Plains Public Radio’s news programs -- on the air and online -- deliver information at the speed of calm. Reliable, well-sourced information is the glue that holds our democracy together. Citizens need it to make informed decisions.

Listeners like you make this possible here on the High Plains and for that, I offer my thanks. You can lend your support online by clicking here

Speaking of our upcoming fall drive, check out these promotional videos by HPPR’s talented staff.

Stay tuned for more videos.


And now … the best-read stories on HPPR.org, your news source for the High Plains

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. Oklahoma Liquor Laws To Change On Monday

2. What constitutes a trophy buck?

3. Farm Bill Deadline To Pass Without Extension, Against Wishes of Influential Groups

4. A Quick Guide To Colorado’s Dueling Transportation Funding Ballot Questions

5. OKC Reduces Marijuana Punishments; Business Owner Sues To Block Broken Arrow Marijuana Restrictions

6. Beto O'Rourke Is Talking About Racial Injustice. Black Voters Are Listening.

7. Cannabis-Derived Drug Gains Full Federal Approval, Some CBD Reclassified

8. Native Women On Death's Cycle Of Life

9. Second Debate Between Ted Cruz-Beto O'Rourke Postponed

10. Immigration stories, caricatures and stereotypes at the Stauth Museum


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You can reach her at by email or call her at (806) 367-9088.



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