General Manager Newsletter | January 2017 
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Lynn and Pete Simpson. Photo courtesy of
Celebrating 50 Years

"With Wyoming Public Radio we can participate as members of the world, as members of our nation. We can be informed; we have access to what is happening in our lives as Americans. It isn't shrill, it's reasonable. And in a world of shrillness, sharpness, and sound-bites, the point is there's language. There's depth. there's reason. This station, this connection, does not abandon reason or thoughtful consideration."

Lynn and Pete Simpson - Cody, WY

WPM's Program Director and Wyoming Sounds Host, Grady Kirkpatrick . Photo courtesy of Wyoming Public Media
Center For The Arts Concert
WPM's Program Director & Wyoming Sounds Host Grady Kirkpatrick traveled to Jackson the weekend of January 14 to attend a concert at the Center for the Arts. He joined CFA Programming Director Shannon McCormick on stage to introduce Jackie Greene, Anders Osborne, and Hayes Carll 
Wyoming House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Bob Beck
Legislative Session Coverage
WPM's News Director, Bob Beck and WPM Reporters, Caroline Ballard, Maggie Mullen, and Tennessee Watson have been traveling to and from Cheyenne to provide on-site coverage of Wyoming's 2017 legislative session
Esteemed Hosts
This month WPM's Cultural Affairs and Production Director, Micah Schweizer hosted Insight Cheyenne: Legendspresented by Wyoming Humanities and WPM's Director of Engineering and Wyoming Sounds Host, Paul Montoya, hosted Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass event in Jackson Hole, presented by the Center for the Arts.
Tiny Desk Concert Series
NPR put out another call for undiscovered bands to enter a contest to play a Tiny Desk Concert in Washington, D.C. A number of Wyoming musicians filmed themselves behind - and in front of - their own 'desks'. Check out all of the entries here.
WPM's part-time Data Assistant, Christina White. Photo courtesy of Christina White
Leading The Transition
WPM's part-time Data Assistant, Christina White, has been with WPM for three years and has aided with the transition of four new employees since she first started. This month she helped Dianne Burner with her transition into the WPM family.                                                      
Audience Expansion
WPM's HumaNature Podcast collaborated  with New Hampshire Public Radio's Outside/In with hopes that cross-promotion would help both of the shows expand their audiences. HumaNature swapped their Hoofprints On The Heart episode with Outside/In's The Young Man Of The Mountain episode.
HumaNature Specials
WPM's HumaNature Podcast broadcast special episodes December 21, 2016 and January 5, 2017 which aired on KSUT Four Corners in Colorado and   KUT Austin in Austin, Texas.                                            
WPM's Former Natural Resources and Energy Reporter, Stephanie Joyce. Photo courtesy of Caroline Ballard
Strengthening Journalism's Role In Our Democracy
WPM's former Natural Resources and Energy Reporter, Stephanie Joyce, was mentioned by Nieman Reports for her article that demonstrated strong on-the-ground reporting and local knowledge.                                            
Best Podcast Episodes Of 2016
The 8th Episode of WPM's HumaNature Podcast was mentioned by Audible Feast, a blog about podcast reviews and recommendations, as one of 2016's best episodes.
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Station Collaboration
WPM's HumaNature Podcast were mentioned by NPR's Scoop for its collaboration with New Hampshire Public Radio's Outside/In. WPM and NHPR swapped episodes to expand upon their reach and prospective audience.
Dianne Burner
Corporate Dev't Manager
University of Wyoming Alum, Dianne Burner served nine years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force. She went on to earn a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma and later worked as a community volunteer - all the while devoting the bulk of her time to raising an "Air Force family."
Sam Eagan 
Cultural Affairs Intern
Hailing from Rochester, New York, Sam was drawn to Laramie to pursue a degree in history as well as to participate on the University of Wyoming Wrestling team. Sam's interest in journalism has grown from has love of politics and traveling.
Annie Osburn 
Cultural Affairs Intern 
Annie is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wyoming. She is originally from Michigan, but comes to Laramie by way of California, Virginia, Montana, and Alaska. She earned degrees in Political Science and Law from Stanford university.                                 
Lander, Wyoming. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Public Media
Native Renters Struggle With Discrimination In Reservation Border Towns
Many Native Americans are often forced to find rentals in border communities off the reservation. Even there they still struggle to find places to live because of racial discrimination. 

Wyoming's U.S. Congressman Liz Cheney. Photo courtesy of Wyoming Public Media
Representative Liz Cheney's First Vote For Wyoming For Public Land Transfers
Congressman Liz Cheney voted yes on a bill that would make it easier for congress to hand over federal lands over to the states.                                                          
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Photo of the New Fork River in Pinedale, WY. Photo courtesy of Visit Pinedale
Trouble And Lead In Pinedale's Water
In 2015, the town of Pinedale turned off its sodium silicate water treatment - a type of corrosion control that helps prevent lead contamination from old plumbing. The next year, dangerous levels of lead were found in one residence and at the town's high school. 
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Christina Kuzmych
General Manager
Wyoming Public Media
"A new administration brings constant change! At the time of this writing, the Trump transition team proposed cuts and changes to the federal bureaucracy. Among the proposed changes is privatizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, while the NEA and NEH are proposed for elimination. Reports are fluid, and we are monitoring this situation very carefully. For WPM, CPB annual funding provides approximately $320K direct funding for our daily operations, and $300 indirect support. Indirect support is critical  because it funds national contracts and legal costs stations could not negotiate alone. Your ability to hear WPR statewide or stream our signal online, is thanks in large part to CPB’s role in negotiating for these services for all Americans. On a happier topic, please note that the annual I Love WPR is coming up in February. This is an opportunity for listeners to create and record or to write their testimonials for public radio/media. WPM publishes these testimonials and uses many during fund drives and throughout the year. Why is this important? It provides a testimony to the value of public radio in Wyoming. WPM’s I Love WPR web page has been cited nationally as one of the best examples of public support for its radio/media services. Check it out and note that many of our Wyoming leaders have provided their testimonials as well!"
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