HPPR hosts & contributors
Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit Skip planted a garden, and began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.
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Community: St. Louis, MO
Profession: Rabo AgriFinance
Community: Amarillo, TX
Profession: Executive Vice President, Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association
Wayne Hughes has been executive vice president of the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association since 1991. He is the fourth executive vice president in the Association’s 82 year history and the longest-serving. Prior to joining the Association he worked for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce and the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission.Wayne is a 1967 graduate of West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and radio-tv production. He served in Viet Nam as commander of a combat motion picture team.During his tenure at the Association, Wayne has represented oil and gas producers, support companies and mineral royalty owners before the Texas and Oklahoma legislatures and in Washington DC.
Community: Goodwell, OK
Profession: Library Director, Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Tony Hardman is the Library Director at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. Previously he was the LRC Administrator for Western Oklahoma State College in Altus, Oklahoma where he also taught classes in public speaking. As a librarian, Tony has presented at over ten professional conferences in Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
Tony’s love for the radio developed when he was a student at Southern Utah University. As a Communications major, he spent one year as a disc jockey on the college radio station and also served as their Program Director. After college, he appeared on various radio programs to promote both college and community events and even told a ghost story on one of those programs.
In addition to his career as a librarian/educator, Tony is very active in theater. He has been a professional storyteller since 1992 and has told stories at various festivals in Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Arizona. He is currently the Vice President for Territory Tellers, the state-wide storytelling organization for Oklahoma and is a member of the Tejas Storytelling Association. He has been active in community theater where he has performed in plays such as Harvey and The Christmas Cactus. At OPSU he was the Assistant Director for CLUE: The Musical and directed Dracula for the Guymon Community Theater.
Community: Garden City, KS
Profession: K-State Extension Services
Community: Hays, KS
Profession: Professor, Geoscience/Geography, Fort Hays State University
Paul Phillips lives in Hays, Kansas and is a Professor of Geography at Fort Hays State University. Paul has had a love for radio since his childhood days, when he would listen to far away and exotic places on a 1940’s ZENITH floor model Short Wave Tube Radio. Today he and his wife Pat keeps “in touch with the world” by listening to HPPR and actually traveling to those far away and exotic places.
Paul’s professional interests include all aspects of cultural geography, but he is especially fond of finding, documenting, and eating in those small cafes that provide a sense of place for the small communities that dot the High Plains. If you know of one of these hidden jewels in our service area, drop him an e-mail.
Paul is active in many civic activities, including the Hays Lions Club, the Hays City Planning Commission, the Humane Society of the High Plains, and High Plains Public Radio. For Paul HPPR represents more than a radio station. It truly is a significant voice for the High Plains community, and he is proud to represent and serve the interest of this community.