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This lovely 2019 calendar can be yours for a gift of $60 or more to High Plains Public Radio. That means you can claim this unique collection full of incredible photos from the High Plains for as little as $5 a month!


If you are already an HPPR Sustaining Member, you can own a calendar for a gift of only $30.


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

HPPR listeners love public radio on the High Plains, and we love our listeners.

Gain Knowledge,

Grow Community,

Give Today.

That's the theme of HPPR's Fall Membership Campaign. It's a nice summation of how High Plains Public Radio serves its listeners across the High Plains.

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.

HPPR Connect has set up a phone number for listeners across the High Plains to comment on 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 idea is key to a healthy democracy.

We are celebrating the KONQ/HPPR Partnership in Public Radio.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m. —11:30 a.m. (come—and—go)

KONQ—KDCC STUDIOS (North 14th & Ross —Dodge City Kan.)


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

HPPR Connect, High Plains Public Radio's news and information service, will broadcast this Sunday's hour-long debate between U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R‐Houston, and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D‐El Paso.

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

I like to the think of the programming on High Plains Public Radio as Classic Public Radio. There’s news in the morning and in the afternoon and in the middle of that information sandwich are unique music programs.

Kansas News Service/High Plains Public Radio Reporter

Summary: We’re looking for an ambitious journalist who can tell personal stories and hold people of power accountable. The ideal candidate will bring newsroom experience, comfort with the narrative form and unending curiosity to the job. This is your chance to work with a groundbreaking newsroom collaboration - the Kansas News Service - that offers an opportunity for an ambitious reporter to dig deeper on significant local, regional and national issues. The former reporter in this position had his work amplified by national outlets. (See here and here.)


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

Three cheers for Valerie Brown-Kuchera, the host of High Plains Public Radio’s Little Spouse on the Prairie.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters awarded Little Spouse on the Prairie honorable mention in “Commentary” category for medium markets.

Little Spouse airs Sundays at 8:35 a.m. (Central time) during NPR’s Weekend Edition.


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

 As part of Garden City Arts’ First Friday Art Walk, works by Garden City artist Robin Valenzuela will be on display at HPPR Studios in Garden City (210 N. 7th St., Garden City, KS) on Friday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  A portion of the sales of Valenzuela’s art will go to support the mission of High Plains Public Radio.

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


HPPR Radio Readers Book Club’s 2018 Fall Read's is underway. The theme is “Let's Talk—Aging, Death, & Dying.”  

Check out Dr. Phillip Periman’s review of Dr. Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Periman, a retired hematologist/oncologist in Amarillo, writes:

“One of Gawande’s first contentions is that we as a people are not comfortable confronting or thinking about the inevitability of our aging and dying. He contends this avoidance leads our society to expensive and harmful care of the elderly. He is particularly concerned that we have made aging a medical problem and not a meaningful life issue. His take on medical education is that medical students and young physicians learn how to diagnosis and treat, but not how to think about the elderly.”

HPPR To Broadcast From Tumbleweed Festival

Aug 24, 2018

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

This weekend, Garden City hosts the annual Tumbleweed Festival — a three-day celebration of live music and community on the High Plains. There will be something for everyone, as this year will feature country, rock, bluegrass, Americana, folk, pop, rock, and a brass band!

TUNED IN: 20 HPPR Concerts in 2018

Aug 17, 2018

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


Introductions are in order. I’m Bob Davis, the executive director of HPPR since the first of June. I’m enjoying getting to know the people of the High Plains and am thrilled to be a part of High Plains Public Radio, a nearly 40-year-old institution dedicated to serving the people of this region.

Bob Davis To Take The Reins At HPPR In June

May 23, 2018

High Plains Public Radio has filled the executive director position with an experienced leader who will be officially taking the reins in June.

Bob Davis is coming to HPPR from the Anniston Star, in Anniston, Alabama, where he worked for the past 12 years as editor and then publisher/editor.


Mar 17, 2018

Join High Plains Public Radio Saturday at 1 p.m. as we welcome the new show, SONGBIRDS. 

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, host Valarie Smith will be toasting to Irish musicians.  Tune in for the likes of Cara Dillon, Janet Devlin, Damien Rice and more.

Following 37 years of tradition, High Plains Public Radio again offers listeners across the High Plains an entire schedule of wonderful Christmas programing of music, word and memories from across centuries of Christmas traditions.  Click here to see the full rundown of the programs, including links to further information, playlists, printed programs and options to listen anytime on-line.  To download a printable calendar of all the programs, click here.  We at HPPR wish you a Merry Christmas and hope these program offerings add to your enjoyment, reflections and memories.

Thanksgiving is full of high expectations, a huge menu and a house full of guests – which can make for a stressful day or two in the kitchen.

Here are four ready ways you can make a vital contribution to High Plains Public Radio by year’s end.  You’ll reap the tax benefits for 2017 and HPPR will have your added support to continue providing you and the region with public radio service in 2018 and beyond.

A High Plains Thanksgiving: Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Nov 22, 2016

Spend a little time with Stephen Johnson as he hosts an hour of music with songs about tradition, family, home, and cooking.

Share your reflections and your favorite recipes. Call 800-678-7444 during the show, or leave a message on Facebook or here on the web site, to join in the celebration.



Improving the quality of life in Amarillo and across the High Plains

The service will be available via analog radio at 94.9 FM and HD digital radio at 105.7 FM throughout the greater Amarillo-Canyon area and central Texas Panhandle. It will also be available via digital streaming on desktop computers, tablets, or smartphones throughout the Texas Panhandle, the High Plains, and worldwide.


Join HPPR, NPR News and PBS NewsHour for live special coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from 7 pm to 11 pm CT Monday through Thursday nights or until each evening’s session concludes.

2:00 pm ct, April 7, 2016

Replacement parts have arrived and are being installed. 

6:05 am ct, April 6, 2016

HPPR has experienced a component failure in its satellite uplink system. This means all stations that recieve the network via satellite will be off until this failure can be repaired. NPR maintains a spare parts depot and if the affected device is available it could be as little as 24 hours to get a replacement.

Listeners in Dodge City can now hear a stronger High Plains Public Radio signal by tuning to 91.9 FM. This new service is possible through a cooperative arrangement with the Dodge City Community College to use its station, KONQ-FM 91.9, to rebroadcasts HPPR's programming on weekdays from midnight to 9 am and all day Saturday. During others hours KONQ continues to broadcast its regular student and Spanish language programming. 

Who are THOSE GUYS? Now that’s a question this trio of seasoned musicians has heard more than a few times.

Perhaps because they choose to duck out of Amarillo’s acoustic live music venues. “We know most of the local working musicians,” the trio says. “We don’t need to take gigs that could be theirs.” Rather, they stick to playing events, benefits, gatherings of friends and family, and their monthly residence at area assisted living centers.

Putnam Smith & the Swamp Brothers - Live in Amarillo

Feb 10, 2016

This Friday, check out a bluegrass sensation at Chalice Abbey (2717 Stanley St., off Georgia St. near Wolflin Square). Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation, and all proceeds go to the artists. 

For reservations, please call 806.367.9088 or by clicking on the link below:

 When I say “Cheech,” most people think “…and Chong.” Right?  But Cheech Marin – the actor, director, counter-culture humorist, and musician, who began his career as the lovable stoner cruising around East LA with his blissed-out buddy Tommy Chong – is more than just a Hollywood comedy icon. Those in the art world have known it for a while, but Cheech has been amassing one of the world’s foremost private collections of Chicano art for almost 40 years. Thanks to efforts by the Amarillo Museum of Art, now our region is able to experience this unprecedented collection firsthand.

David Allen Ho' - Live in Amarillo

Feb 4, 2016


Living Room Concert - David Allen Ho', Live in Amarillo at the HPPR Studio (6th & Polk).

Don't miss this talented singer-songwriter from North Dakota, stopping through Amarillo on his 2016 Winter Tour.  

Doors open at 7 p.m. CST. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $15 donation requested. All proceeds go to our artists.

For reservations, please call our studio: 806.367.9088, or RSVP online by clicking the link below:

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Recently a number of high-end US restauranteurs made headlines when they banned tipping in their establishments. But as reports, this supposedly new trend is actually part of a long anti-tipping heritage dating back to Emerson. The Sage of Concord said of the practice: "I sometimes succumb and give the dollar, yet it is a wicked dollar, which, by and by, I shall have the manhood to withhold."