Thanks so much to aerial photographer Paul Chaplo for speaking with High Plains Morning today, sharing some insight and passion about his current photo exhibit on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM): Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country. Making its premiere at PPHM, the exhibit features Paul’s aerial photography of the High Plains of the Llano Estacado. It will be on display through January 23.

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.

For live music lovers of the High Plains, this pandemic has been quite a challenge. While we are all trying to stay home and healthy, tucked away in our private spaces, our hearts grow ever fonder for the companionship and inspiration of getting lost in live performance. This Friday afternoon, arts communities to which we have grown accustomed.

Campuses have been closed down, but students everywhere are still studying, learning, and considering their futures. At West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX, the professors and administrators have been working from home, adjusting their courses to online platforms, and keeping in touch via email and video conferences. Like them, Karl Kimsey, the Employer Relations Coordinator at WT’s Career Services, wants to be sure they know his department is on the job.

Listen up, beer people (and you know who you are)! Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum invites you to the annual CRAFTS & DRAFTS 2020 fundraiser this Friday night, March 6th. Stephanie Price stopped in to High Plains Morning today to remind us about the fun evening of food, crafts, and draft beer samples. It runs from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Thanks to Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project and West Texas A&M University for stopping by High Plains Morning today to share the upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 readings will be held at the new Burrowing Owl Bookstore location in Amarillo (7406 SW 34th Avenue). Here’s a list of all forthcoming events. Mark you calendars! For our full interview, click the link below.

The 2nd annual Bad Poetry Competition is back, so I asked Dr. Matthew Harrison and WT student Haven Jock to stop in and share some insight and delightfully “bad” poetry. The contest goes down this Thursday night at 6 p.m., so start collecting and composing your most banal, smarmy and glib emotions into bite-sized prose for the masses.

This is it, folks! This week at West Texas A&M University, the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) will host the Southern Plains Conference 2020 with the theme “Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains.” The event kicks off this Thursday, February 20th and runs through Saturday, February 22nd in Canyon, TX. The conference will take place on campus at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (2401 4th Ave., Canyon). So today we welcomed back Dr. Alex Hunt to give us some updates and reminders. 

Famed Animal Scientist Temple Grandin To Speak At WTAMU

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As part of its Distinguished Lecture series, West Texas A&M will welcome Temple Grandin to speak on both autism and animal science on Tuesday.

Dr. Grandin first gained prominence after publishing a scientific article in which she presented the idea that livestock are sensitive to small details within their environments—and that tailoring their environment to feel less threatening can improve the lives of livestock, and in turn improve the taste of beef and other meats.

It’s always a good day when you can share some time discussing death with a man of the theatre—and today was a good day.

Thanks so much to the brilliant Stephen Crandall, Department Head of Art, Theatre and Dance at West Texas A&M University.

Today we welcomed Dr. Alex Hunt back into the studio to discuss the forthcoming Southern Plains Conference 2020, with the theme Representing, Modeling, and Imagining Water on the Southern Plains. Dr. Hunt heads up the Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.

High Plains Morning was thrilled to welcome back Chamber Music Amarillo this morning. David Palmer, Michael Palmer, and Guli Manfredi stopped by to remind you that this Saturday, January 11th is their annual Concerto Extraordinaire!, the annual celebration of classical mastery in the Texas Panhandle. As always, it’s one night only & tickets go fast – so don’t miss it!

THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, poets of the Texas Panhandle need to come to 575 Pizzeria (7710 Hillside Road) for the HAIKU DEATH MATCH! This is the 2nd annual event, and Dr. Daniel Helbert (WTAMU) and Brian Kelleher (575 Pizzeria) stopped by High Plains Morning to spread the word.

You know what’s worse than applying for jobs? Pretty much nothing. Thankfully, there’s a quick and convenient way to make all the best connections in the Texas Panhandle in one place. HPPR wants to thank Karl Kimsey, Employer Relations Coordinator at West Texas A&M University, for stopping by the station this week to tell folks about WT’s upcoming 2019 Fall Career EXPO.

I think we busted any possible record for time limit on an in-studio interview for someone that DIDN’T have an instrument, but that’s how it goes when you get me in a conversation with a brilliant writer, HPPR "newsboi", and all-around great dude. Thanks so much to High Plains author, mentor, and journalist Jonathan Baker for stopping by High Plains Morning today.

Art lovers in Amarillo! Tonight, Friday, June 28, from 6-9pm , stop by  Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts (2717 Stanley) for the opening of the exhibition “Domestic Spaces” by WTAMU student and gifted painter Aaron Taylor. He stopped by High Plains Morning to discuss his show, his work, and his studies at WT.

"Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts...” ― Wendell Berry

HPPR thanks Jamie Adams for coming back to High Plains Morning to remind us that Empty Bowls 2019 is happening NEXT WEEK! This fabulous fundraiser was initially started by a high school teacher in Michigan in 1990 as a high school student project to help feed the needy and has grown into an international phenomenon. There are hundreds of Empty Bowls projects around the world, raising millions of dollars to feed the hungry and combat food insecurity. 

Roses come in many colours. / Violets mostly one. / If you can write a crappy poem / Come Friday for some fun. // Thanks to Dr. Daniel Helbert of WTAMU's Dept. of English, Philosophy, & Modern Languages for stopping by High Plains Morning today to encourage bad poets of the Panhandle to come together FRIDAY NIGHT, April 5th for the school's first-ever Bad Poetry ContestIt's from 6-8p CT at the Legends Club (Jack B.

Folks, you don't want to miss this year's Spring Membership Campiagn, which runs this Thursday, April 4th through Monday, April 8th. We're celebrating "HPPR Land," with a deep focus on LANDSCAPES across our listener region.  Tune in to  High Plains Morning weekdays during the drive for great music, fabulous interviews, giveaways, and more! Here's what we have in store:

Dr. Marty Kuhlman is a Professor of History at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX. He hosts a fantastic classic rock show called Psychotic Reaction on WT's student station in Canyon, TX, 91.1 FM (The One), every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00pm CT, and he’s also teaching a cool continuing education class this April.

Thanks to author Katie Young Foster for sharing her work with us today on High Plains Morning. She's got a reading tonight, March 7th, at Burrowing Owl Books (419 16th Street) in Canyon, TX from 7-8pm CT. It's a free event.   

Thanks to Jill Ludington for stopping by High Plains Morning today to share info about her event, LIVE OUT LOUD, which is this Sunday, February 24th at WTAMU’s Branding Iron Theatre at 3:30p. This panel discussion and storytelling session is an opportunity for folks across the TX panhandle to engage with local leaders from the LGBT+ community. “This is an opportunity for members of the LGBT+ community, their family, friends, and allies to come to together,” Jill says.

Thanks to Dr. Daniel Helbert for stopping by High Plains Morning today to explains the particulars of tonight's Haiku Death Match

From 7 to 9pm on Friday, November 2nd (TONIGHT!), meet a motley crew of Panhandle poets at the Evocation Coffee Roastery (2300 SW 7th Ave., Amarillo) for a serious slam of 5-7-5'ers. That's right: you'll go head to head with other haikus, so bring your best and get ready to throw down.

Thanks so much to Evgeny Zvonnikov for stopping by High Plains Morning to remind folks about the upcoming Season Opening Concert for the Harrington String Quartet on Friday, November 9th at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. 

Hear all of the details in our interview below:

Times are tough for many of our area residents. However, don't just sit around and STEW about it! Make a direct impact at this year's EMPTY BOWLS in Amarillo, happening Thursday, Oct. 25th at the Southwest Church of Christ (4515 Cornell St.).  For a $10 donation, you can choose a handmade ceramic bowl keepsake, designed and donated by local potters, and slurp to your heart's content—and it's all for a great cause.

There will be up to 40 different soups, stews, chowders, chilis, and more. This year, your donation will support Snack Pack 4 Kids, which provides weekend sustenance for kids facing food insecurity over the weekend.  


Next week, the Center for the Study of the American West will screen two classic Westerns in Amarillo, with a brief introduction to both films by Western scholar Alex Hunt.

The films are the legendary John Wayne-John Ford collaboration, The Searchers, on Wednesday, and John Huston's 1960, The Unforgiven, on Thursday. Both movies are set in West Texas.

Today on High Plains Morning, we had a full house in the studio thanks to TWO SHOWS happening this Friday in Amarillo. (Scroll down for details!)

For someone with five horses, two dogs, three cats, a donkey, a rabbit, and a husband, Chera Hammons sure gets a lot of work done. She stopped by High Plains Morning, with Dr. Eric Meljac of the High Plains Poetry Project, to promote an upcoming reading with an impromptu literary throw down (ahem, a reading).