HPPR History

High Plains Public Radio was founded in 1977 for the express purpose of enriching the educational, cultural, and community life of the High Plains region.  It is also dedicated to developing the self-identity of the High Plains so the region might better appreciate its common heritage and build a sustainable future.  It pursues this mission through public radio broadcasting, a medium freely accessible to nearly everyone, as well as digital web and mobile services.

HPPR began broadcasting in 1980 with a single station, KANZ-FM, serving southwest Kansas and studios in the former Pierceville, KS grade school.  Since then, HPPR has incrementally expanded its service area through local initiatives and capital campaigns.  HPPR currently operates 19 FM stations and translators serving 78 counties across a five state region of the High Plains.

Throughout its history, HPPR has always been more than just a public radio station. It's a virtual community of individuals from across the region who share common interests in knowing more about the world and building their home communities. And it's a community that's been built over the years through the time, talents and treasure of many volunteers, contributors, listeners and staff members.


AMARILLO, TX – The Mary E. Bivins Foundation has awarded High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) a $20,000 grant.

The Bivins Foundation’s grant will allow HPPR to repair the transmission system of KTOT-FM 89.5-Spearman-Perryton, restoring it to 100% power and its full northeast Texas Panhandle coverage area. 


Three states in the High Plains Public Radio listening area ranked in the top 20 in a study ranking the smartest states in the U.S.

According to safehome.org, the three high plains states that fared the best in the rankings – based on college degrees, high school graduation rates and test scores - were Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

High Plains Public Radio Names New Executive Director

Oct 30, 2019
Will Murphy

High Plains Public Radio is excited to announce the hiring of its new executive director, Will Murphy, who brings over 30 years of public radio experience to the High Plains region.

Murphy was selected by HPPR's board following a search over the past few months. 

This Labor Day Weekend: Corn, Dogs Don't Mix

Aug 30, 2019
Photo courtesy of David Biller, professor and section head of radiology, K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

During Labor Day celebrations, the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine wants dog owners to be vigilant of one tempting food left sitting on the table or grill.

Corn on the cob is a summer favorite, but for dogs it can be deadly. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and professor at Kansas State University says dogs are attracted to the cob. 


An armed suspect barricaded himself in a Cheyenne Wells, Colorado home yesterday, forcing road closures and a daylong standoff with law enforcement before he was arrested.

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 hppr.org.  

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.

With President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-America Arts Alliance will widen its advocacy efforts in hopes of preserving funding for the agencies, says Todd Stein, M-AAA's interim chief executive officer.

KHI News Service becoming part of KCUR public radio

Jan 5, 2017

The Kansas Health Institute News Service, the nonprofit news reporting service of the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), has become part of KCUR Public Media, a move that took effect Jan. 1

Up From the Roots

Apr 24, 2013

Today, I'm thinking about how the plants, in my garden, are similar to public radio on the prairie.  Some of my plants come from seeds, some are off-shoots of parents plants, some started as cuttings or grafts relocated from other gardens and plants.  Some are divisions, where I have dug up the parent plant, divided it, and then planted the "kids" in a new spot.