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“What if you could add something to animal feed that changes the chemistry within cattle, that converts more of what they eat into weight and less in ammonia-heavy poop and pee? Turns out there’s a new drug for that. And one that, maybe, could help cattle put on weight.”

HPPR Connect 94.9 Back On The Air

Jul 10, 2019

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 9 - HPPR Connect 94.9 in Amarillo is back on the air! Thanks again for your patience!

And don't forget, you can always stream HPPR Connect or HPPR at  

The Kansas News Service, a collaboration of HPPR, KCUR, Kansas Public Radio and KMUW covering health, education and politics, has a question for you: What’s your question?

So meta, right?

More precisely, the Kansas News Service wants to know, “What questions do you have about modern life in Kansas?” Your questions could very well turn into news stories.

TUNED IN: A Public Radio Date Worth Celebrating

Jun 28, 2019

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.

Thanks to everyone who visited High Plains Public Radio’s Garden City offices Thursday. The occasion was  the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce’s June After-Hours event.

Our guests were treated to the musical stylings of  Ruth Ellen Lynch and Stephen Johnson, two of HPPR’s talented staffers.

Here are a few photos and videos from last night:


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KTOT 89.5, serving Spearman, Perryton, Pampa and Canadian, Texas, is currently off the air while air conditioning units are being repaired.

Service is expected to be restored by the end of the day Wednesday. 

Thanks for your patience. 

We hope you’ll join us Thursday, June 20, for an open house at the High Plains Public Radio offices in Garden City. (210 North 7th St., Garden City, KS)

We are the site for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce’s June After-Hours event.

Please come by between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss a musical performance by HPPR’s Ruth Ellen Lynch and Stephen Johnson from 5:30-6.

TUNED IN: A Fond Farewell To The High Plains

Jun 7, 2019

My 12 months with High Plains Public Radio are a vivid illustration of the close relationship between this community-focused radio station and the community it serves.


This weekend the “TEXAS Outdoor Musical” makes its 2019 debut.


The first performance of the season is Saturday, June 1, at 8:30 p.m. The location is the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon. More information about this classic production in its 54th season can be found here.

Exciting news, right? Well, there’s more.

TUNED IN: HPPR Programs Available As Podcasts

May 24, 2019

About one-third of Americans listen to at least one podcast a month, according to a 2019 survey. That figure represents a significant increase in the number of podcast-users over the previous year, reports The Infinite Dial, a survey conducted earlier in 2019.

“It’s about time for a fishing show.”

With that, Luke Clayton kicked off his weekly High Plains Outdoors segment last weekend.

What followed was a description of a recent trip to Texas’ Lake Tawakoni “to catch a bunch of ‘eater’ size blue catfish.”

TUNED IN: Take A Stroll Through The Headlines

May 10, 2019

Here are some fun facts to know and share from this week’s news on High Plains Public Radio and HPPR Connect:


“Walk into your local medical clinic and you’re increasingly likely to be seen by a nurse practitioner instead of a physician. In the span of about a decade, the number graduating from nursing schools has more than tripled.”

Your decoder ring should spell out:



The 2019 Spring Read on-air book discussion is Sunday, May 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Don’t miss it!

(Pro tip: You can catch up on all the books and reviews here.)


Also, Don't Miss So. Much. Music.

HPPR's Living Room Concerts In Amarillo and Garden City: Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp perform Friday, May 3, at the Gallery on 7th (Monroe & 7th) in downtown Amarillo.

KMUW and the Kansas News Service received a total of three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in journalism.

TUNED IN: HPPR Honored For Supporting The Arts

Apr 26, 2019

High Plains Public Radio was recognized for its coverage of the arts by the Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council Golden Nail Awards Arts Committee at the Derrick Event Center in downtown Amarillo Thursday night.

A can-do spirit is built into the DNA of the High Plains.

It was this pioneering mindset that inspired a set of dreamers four decades ago to create something the naysayers predicted was impossible - community-supported public radio on the High Plains.

Spring is planting time on the High Plains. It’s a season of hope.

Seeds are placed in the ground with the expectation that over time a hearty crop will emerge, decorating the landscape and nourishing those in need.

Place defines us.

One of the first questions we usually ask after meeting someone for the first time is, “Where are you from?”

C'mon, Folks, I Mean Show Us Your Photos Of HPPR Land

Two of your faithful correspondent’s favorite things are (a.) riding his bicycle and (b.) taking pictures of places he rides his bicycle. (You can find most of the pics on my blog -


TUNED IN: News and notes from High Plains Public Radio

Students and teachers - grades 5 through 12 - have until March 31 to enter the first-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge. More info from NPR:

Here's how it works: Put together a podcast with your class or extracurricular group. Then your teacher can submit it to us.

.... High Plains Public Radio offers two services?

High Plains Public Radio is a mix of news and unique musical offerings. Call it Public Radio Classic. 

This week I stumbled upon some fascinating research about people who listen to National Public Radio stations like High Plains Public Radio. Among the findings in a 2018 report:

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

It’s March already.

Today we offer a  few quick recaps of shows even the most loyal listener of High Plains Public Radio might have missed in February.


TUNED IN: Let Us Know What You’re Listening To

Feb 22, 2019

When it comes to public radio, we all have our favorites, right?

Of course, HPPR’s locally hosted music shows - take a bow,  High Plains Morning, Songbirds, Open Range, Western Swing & Other Things, and so on - fill my speakers with a bounty of awesome tunes.

But, my heart and ears are devoted to On The Media, the WNYC program heard on High Plains Public Radio on Sundays at 6 p.m. (Central) and Mondays at 3 a.m. (Central).

TUNED IN: ‘I'm In Love. What's That Song?’

Feb 15, 2019

Music To Fill Our Living Rooms:

Up first is Paul & Lezlee (of En Power & Light) on Friday, February 15 at the HPPR Studios—Garden City (210 N. 7th St.)

Show starts at 7 p.m. (Central).

Suggested Donation: $15 (Make life easy. Please bring cash!)

Some dude named Phil promises an early spring. In the meantime, enjoy this snowy scene of your favorite radio station.  


Valentine's Day approaches. (Psst. It's this coming Thursday, Feb. 14!) Looking for ideas on how to celebrate? We've got you covered.  

Community Conversations - Energy, Parts One and Two

Jan 25, 2019
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ENERGY - originally aired 7 p.m., TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2018 

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In case you missed it, HPPR journalist Jonathan Baker presented a fantastic exploration of the roots of crime fiction this week - Poe Started It All.

Here’s a snippet:

Mystery fiction as we know it today was invented and popularized by an American, Edgar Allen Poe. There were, of course, stories featuring crime before Poe, but it was Poe who came up with the whole 'detective using logic and perceptiveness to unravel a mystery' thing.

Angie Haflich / High Plains Public Radio

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

The new face at the studios of High Plains Public Radio is Corinne Boyer. She joined us earlier this month as the reporter covering western Kansas for the Kansas News Service, “a collaboration of public media newsrooms delivering critical reporting of sound and substance.”  

Corinne agreed to tell us a little more about herself, so here goes:

The theme of the HPPR Radio Readers Book Club's 2019 Spring is It's a Mystery to Me!

Titles include:

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker