High Plains Morning

Weekdays from 9:00 AM to noon CT on HPPR

High Plains Morning is a long-standing tradition at HPPR. A daily mix of singer-songwriters, folk, jazz, Americana, world, reggae, bluegrass, rock and just about anything else that you can think of. Add a few live in-studio performances, interviews with community partners, and news from NPR + regional weather at the top of every hour, and you have a great way to move through your morning!

If you'd like to submit music for consideration, please mail a CD and one-sheet to: Jenny Inzerillo, Music Director, High Plains Public Radio, 104 SW 6th Ave., Suite B4, Amarillo, TX, 79101. (Please allow one month for processing, and then feel free to check the status of your submission by emailing music@hppr.org.)

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Today's Growing on the High Plains will put a familiar garden friend "on the spot." Obviously, we're talking about the polka-dot winged ladybug. They've been a staple helper on the High Plains for centuries, and they've even warranted a folk song often issued to warn them of forthcoming prairie burns. Always a boon among the garden leaves, these classy little friends not only add a speck of flair and elegance to the landscape, they also keep some of the more unsavory pests at bay. 

Thanks to Jason Crespin for his time today. We chatted on High Plains Morning about the current streaming opportunity for HPPR listeners: Amarillo Little Theatre’s production of Annie.

Happy Fourth of July, High Plains. (Well, a little early, but IT'S ALL I GOT!) Today on High Plains Morning, I talked to Jill Bronaugh, the Public Information Manager for the Office of the State Fire Marshal for Kansas. She shared some great tips and reminders regarding safety for this year's holiday weekend. Not only do you need ot be mindlful of fireworks, but this year also has a lot of other risks due to the pandemic.

Today, I'll share my deep love for one of the signature soldiers of my summertime gardening . These "golden apples" often top the list of favorite veggies (even though they're technically a fruit). Enjoy today's installment of Growing on the High Plains as I reflect on these fragrant plants with an ode to the mighty tomato.

In case you missed The Final Hour this weekend, Kellen nailed the year 1980 to the wall with some medieval spikes. You have until July 10th to check it out on Radio Free America!

High Plains Public Radio Day- Saturday, June 27, 2020. 

Thank you Mayors and Cities/Towns for recognizing HPPR 40 years of service to the High Plains. We celebrate Looking Back with Gratitude and together we will Look Forward with Hope.

Participating Mayors and Cities/Towns:

Gary Adrian - Colby

Joyce Warsaw - Dodge City

So it seems not EVERY folk show has been cancelled! Thanks so some serious dedication to the arts, the fine folks at Starlight Canyon Bed & Breakfast (100 Brentwood Rd., Amarillo) have secured a regional folksinger, Longriver, to take the trek up from Austin and play a show in the Panhandle this Sunday night at 7pm.

Looking Back with Gratitude: There Was Always Hope

Jun 24, 2020

Chapter Eleven

“Two Join Hall of Fame” read the headline from the Garden City Telegram, Monday, May 19, 1986.One inductee was Quentin Hope, Class of 1972, Garden City High School.

The article continued “Hope, from Pierceville, is the executive director of KANZA Society, the non-profit organization to which public radio station KANZ-FM is licensed. He generated community interest, federal and local funding, location,

facilities and staff during the formative stages of establishing the station.

Unemployment is at an historic high, the global economy has seen better days, and a pandemic has shaken communities to their core. What a fine time graduate college, am I right? Well, thankfully, the professionals in charge of Career Services are doing all they can to take care of the students coming out of the Texas A&M system with their landmark Summer 2020 Virtual Career Fair, taking place on Tuesday, June 30th across the entire cyber landscape.

Chapter Ten          

From Chuck to Chuck, 1980-2020. The minutes from May 25, 1980 reflect the board’s awareness of the importance of the station’s engineer by marking the technical staff as one of the highest priorities. Chuck Lakaytis, the first engineer, discussed those duties as including maintaining existing equipment, designing new equipment, and fulfilling the FCC guidelines and regulations.

For those of you who have been loyal member-listeners of High Plains Public Radio through the years,  this Thursday will feel a little familiar. IT'S GARDEN BASKET TIME on High Plains Morning!

Looking Back with Gratitude: HPPR Needs A New Home

Jun 22, 2020

Chapter Nine            

Jam-packed and the roof leaks, too – read the Sunday, April 25, 1987 headline in The Garden City Telegram. The lengthy article pointed out the need to find a new home – roomier and drier quarters. Some offices had two wastebaskets – one for paper and one for water. The only space available for private conversation was the restroom – the girls, as the boys had been converted into a studio.

Chapter Eight

Roping in the Dollars for KANZ

Who could resist? An offer to have your picture taken as Wolfgang and Mrs. Mozart (Steve Olson, the first music director, felt Mozart’s genius was undeniable). And there would be a volleyball tournament, a flea market, auction, bands, and performers - all to help KANZ-FM mark five years on the air. Summerfest, July 20, 1985, at the Pierceville station also offered food and drink and a chance for listeners to meet the faces behind the voices heard on air and to raise funds for the station. 

Today's Growing on the High Plains will put a hold on the topic of gardening and rather reflect on two people who nourished my life and growth: my father and father-in-law. Both men had a common bond, as they each had a hand in defending our country in World War II—and there's an even more incredible link in the machinery of it all. From my heart to yours, have a happy, safe, and fulfilling Father's Day.

Looking Back with Gratitude: The Mail Bag

Jun 18, 2020

Chapter Seven—The Mail Bag: Letters to the Station ~ The Mail Bag reported two letters of special interest – both mentioning the Wall Street Journal article, November 29, 1982, p.1:

Dear Mr. Hope,

I recently had the pleasure of reading an account of KANZ’s accomplishment in the Wall Street Journal.


Chapter Six: Chautauquas—a popular adult education movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Chapter Five

First Anniversary program listings carried a message from the station director – “We’ve dedicated ourselves to offering a listening schedule which is as diverse and interesting as the people of Southwest Kansas.”

Chapter Four

How Does It Work? In an early issue of “KANZAN, the Guide to Community Radio for Southwest Kansas”, readers were treated to an explanation – “Here’s How It Works”. A reminder -  FM radios were not standard equipment in cars in 1980.

Chords that taste like olive oiil? Tranistioning from Johnny Rotten to Glenn Gould? Perfect topics for a Friday! Today on High Plains Morning, join me as we get hyperconnected with composer, percussionist, podcaster, advocate for young artists, Missouri-native (WOOT!), synesthesia navigator, former member of Celtic chamber-pop supergroup Night Tree, and all-around great guy, Julian Loida.

Looking Back with Gratitude: The Pioneer Spirit

Jun 12, 2020

Chapter Three: I’m ready for KANZ FM Public Radio! Bumper stickers bearing this message began appearing on cars, trucks, tractors, and saddle bags on highways, byways, and farm and ranch land as news of what is coming spread – a new community resource that will be a combination of school, library, concert hall and Chautauqua.

Looking Back with Gratitude: Radio Ray Returns

Jun 11, 2020

Chapter Two  

How did it all begin? Like most impossible things, it began with a dream. In July 1975, college student Quentin Hope shared his dream with friends, who had gathered for dinner at the home of his parents Dolores (Dodie) and Clifford Hope, Jr.

Growing on the High Plains: Gourds

Jun 11, 2020
© WP Armstrong 2007

Today on Growing on the High Plains, we'll hollow out the pros and cons of growing gourds. Used for as containment vessels like canteens, planters, bowls, and pitchers since ancient times, these functional and decorative doo-dads can also be consumed—well, some varieties can! Listen in on the big and small of how best to grow, the set-up needed to support the hearty vines, and a few crafting ideas on how to make use of them.

Looking Back with Gratitude: Saddling Up For KANZ

Jun 10, 2020

Chapter One

On a sunny Sunday afternoon June 29, 1980, in an abandoned schoolhouse in Pierceville, Kansas (population 85), KANZ signed on as the country’s first community-licensed, rural public radio station; to the sincere, noble, and hopeful music of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

Looking Back with Gratitude: 40 Years of HPPR

Jun 9, 2020

A native son of Garden City, Kansas had a dream that he shared with friends. And - true to the spirit of Pioneers, it was not long before hundreds joined him in bringing Community Radio to western Kansas. The year was 1975.

Things are weird right now. You don’t have to be a musician to know that, but singer-songwriters are having a particularly strange time of it. This week, High Plains Morning checked in with Austin-based artist Ali Holder about her new album, Uncomfortable Truths.  Hear our full interview on the link below.

OH, and you can see Ali perform LIVE on her Facebook stream at 7pm CT on 6/27, 7/18, and 8/22.

Today, in the second part of my rambles on brambles, I'll pull back a bit and share some general berry basics.Whether it's blackberries, red raspberries, or other compatible edibles, you can have these sweet treats all summer with the right garden treatment. I'll share some valuable tips on sun and soil to get the best from your berry bushes, and you also need to consider moisture, supports, and the pesky pruning.

While it isn’t safe to go to parties right now, HPPR listeners are invited to a one-of-a-kind, on-air birthday celebration this Saturday, June 6th from 1 to 3 p.m. CT – socially-distanced and broadcast right into your ears! Don’t miss a special, two-hour Songbirds with Valarie Smith in celebration of High Plains Public Radio’s month-long 40th Anniversary!

Decades ago, when planning a landscape for our prairie home, there were a few things we wanted to make sure we had on the grounds. In addition to the need for shelter belts and a desire for various gardens, we also included plenty of space for an orchard. Anyone who attempts to grow tree fruits on the High Plains knows that it can often times feel like a fool's errand. But while the rewards are few and far between, the sheer delight in creating jams, jellies, cobblers and pies makes it all worth it.

While we know you tune in for the news and music, High Plains Public Radio puts the education of our student interns at the tippy-top of our priority list. Today, HPPR is honored to announce the graduation of our three Amarillo-area interns: Isabelle Link (Amarillo College), Cameron Plumley (Amarillo High School), and Jennifer Ugalde (Tascosa High School).

You might be noticing the flapping shadows at your porchlight a little more than usual this year. It seems the "Army Cutworm," also known as the "Miller Moth," has had a good year in our region—which can mean trouble for our gardens. Today's Growing on the High Plains takes a closer look at these fuzzy, flying evening foes. While finicky felines might take delight in batting and catching these living toys, I can't wait until they take flight for more distant pastures.