Adam Vos

Operations Coordinator and Amarillo Symphony Presents host

Adam manages a variety of operational tasks as HPPR's Operations Coordinator, keeping the programming you hear reliably on the air and technically sounding good 24 hours a day.   Adam enjoys wearing multiple hats at HPPR, working in areas such as computerized automation and audio production.

A native Iowan, Adam transplanted to Kansas soil to follow his passion for the public radio sound and the unique relationship listeners have with public radio programming.

Before joining HPPR, Adam worked in public radio in Iowa.   He is a graduate of Iowa State University, where he studied journalism and mass communication.

When he's not busy keeping public radio in the air on the High Plains, Adam enjoys playing string bass, bicycling, and discovering new music.

Location: Garden City, KS studios

Phone: (800) 678-7444 or (620) 275-7444


Special Programming
7:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

State of the Union tonight 8pm

Credit Pete Souza

Tune to HPPR to hear NPR's coverage of President Obama's State of the Union address tonight. Coverage begins at 8pm CT.

The special will include the President's full address followed by the Republican response, and analysis from NPR’s Washington reporting team.

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Amarillo Symphony
8:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Symphony's "Intimate Evening" includes "romantic wine in the classical barrel"


Guest conductor Yaniv Dinur shares his thoughts on "Intimate Evening," the Amarillo Symphony's concert this weekend.

Soprano vocal soloist Sarah Jane McMahon joins the symphony for the concert this Friday and Saturday.

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Higher Education
8:01 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Kansas Board of Regents social media policy criticized

A social media use policy adopted by the Kansas Board of Regents is drawing criticism from university faculty and education groups, who claim the new rule raises First Amendment and academic freedom concerns.

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8:01 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Faith-based alternative to Affordable Care Act popular in Texas

Credit KERA

While the individual mandate requires ever American to have health insurance, there is a big exception to the Affordable Care Act that more and more people are taking advantage of.

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Flu Season
8:01 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

H1N1 flu virus hits Texas early

Credit CDC

Texas is among the states hardest hit so far by an early-striking flu season, and H1N1 is the strain most commonly reported among diagnoses this year.

Flu season this year is less severe elsewhere on the High Plains. Oklahoma is reporting a moderate flu season as of mid-December, while Colorado and Kansas are experiencing only localized or regional flu outbreaks, according to KUT Austin.

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2014 Texas Election
8:01 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Texas politicians who learn Spanish are at an advantage

Credit Marjorie Cotera / Jennifer Whitney / Callie Richmond / Spencer Selvidge

Spanish-speakers now make up nearly one-third of the population of Texas, and political observes say that's an important factor for politicians to consider during the upcoming 2014 election season.

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Classical Music
5:17 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Interview with composer Adam Schoenberg

Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949, of Mark Rothko, an example of a piece by the artist which Adam Schoenberg used as inspiration for "Finding Rothko."

This weekend, the Amarillo Symphony performs "Finding Rothko," an orchestra work by composer Adam Schoenberg.  The relatively contemporary piece, written in 2006, will be performed next to works like Ralph Vaughn Williams' "The Lark Ascending" and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the symphony's concert titled "Pictures in Music."

Adam Schoenberg joined me from his home in Los Angeles.  I asked him about the inspiration and process behind composing "Finding Rothko."

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8:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Amarillo sights in time-lapse photography

Clouds build over Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas.
Credit Todd Shoemake

Earlier this year, Albuquerque-based meteorologist and photographer Todd Shoemake shot time-lapse images of various scenes around Amarillo, the so-called "capital of the Texas Panhandle," and compiled it all into this Vimeo video.

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Veteran's Day
7:44 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

HPPR Honors our Veterans

Just some of the medals Larry Large earned during his military career. Hear Larry's story Monday on HPPR.
Credit Larry Large

Tune in Monday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered as HPPR presents four special interviews profiling the stories of four men who served our country.

Leonard Hitz speaks with veterans from our area. Listen as these four men share their stories each hour during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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Architecture & Preservation
5:20 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Windows in Victoria, KS church to shine brighter

Stained-glass windows undergoing restoration at St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas, the church known as the Cathedral of the Plains.
Credit Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle

It's the Cathedral of the Plains, a landmark to travelers along Interstate 70, and its stained-glass windows will be safer and a little more brilliant now.

St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria, Kansas is restoring its stained glass windows and installing new protection for the windows on this historic church, a building dedicated in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

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November 2013
8:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

All green check marks in Texas: 9 amendments pass

Credit Photo by KUT

All nine constitutional amendments on the Texas ballot Tuesday easily passed, including the heavily publicized Proposition 6, creating a state water fund drawing from the Rainy Day fund.

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Texas State Government
8:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Politicians, researchers disagree on Proposition 6 as Texans vote Tuesday

Lilly pads in Stamford Lake, near Paint Creek, which was dug as a reservoir in the 1950s.
Credit Caleb Bryant Miller/The Texas Tribune

Tuesday, Texas votes on Proposition 6, a measure that aims to solve the state's water shortage by creating a fund for water development projects. The legislation would draw $2 billion in funds from the state's Rainy Day Fund.

Politicians including Governor Rick Perry support Proposition 6, calling the measure important in meeting the state's water needs. Some lawmakers are critical of the measure, saying it would give too much power to a three-member board overseeing spending.

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Oil & Gas
8:04 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Legislators and architects: build pipelines faster, and put bicycle paths on top

Credit SWA Group

As 485 miles of Keystone XL pipeline lies dry in Texas, lawmakers are proposing legislation that would expedite the process of approving cross-national pipelines like the Keystone XL.

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51st State?
8:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

North Colorado secessionist movement origins and plans outlined

Credit iNews at Rocky Mountain PBS

The North Colorado secessionist movement has been gaining publicity and momentum as ten counties in northeastern Colorado have decided to put the motion to their voters.

Details are being revealed about how such a movement for counties to secede from the state would work, including the steps necessary in the process of secession as well as the economics of a 51st state.

Also, secessionists have a backup plan for rural voters to gain greater clout in a state that is becoming more urban.

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American Indian Heritage
8:01 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Arrow Planting for Quanah Parker Trail in Potter County Saturday

The first Comanche arrow planted on the Quanah Parker Trail, in downtown Matador, TX in August of 2011.
Credit Carol Campbell

A giant steel Comanche arrow lands at the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center west of Amarillo on Saturday morning.

The large sculpture is part of a larger project in which identical arrows have already been planted at various historical sites throughout the Texas Panhandle region. The arrows and their locations represent the historical range and serve as a physical reminder of the nomadic Comanches of the 19th century.

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Colorado State Government
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Explaining Colorado's Amendment 66


Next week, Colorado voters go to the polls to vote on a state constitutional amendment to increase income taxes and fundamentally change how money goes to public schools.

Amendment 66 proposes to change Colorado from a flat-tax state and replace the structure with a progressive or graduated two-tier income tax system.

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Texas Politics
8:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Texas Panhandle Lawmakers Mostly Uncontested in Primaries… So Far


In Texas, a crowded field of hopefuls is expected for statewide offices in the March primaries.  However, for most Texas Panhandle posts, those primary races are going uncontested.

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8:01 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Smoky Skies Affect the Region, Study Says

This panoramic view of east-central Texas on September 6, 2011, highlights numerous smoke plumes caused by wildfires burning across the state. The image was taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Credit NASA Earth Observatory

The destruction caused by wildfires may be obvious to the observer, but one new piece of research brings attention to the potential effects of smoke from those wildfires.

The majority of the High Plains region falls under an area of the nation most affected by plumes of smoke from wildfires and other causes, according to research by environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Population Decline
8:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Greeley County, Kansas Fights Depopulation

Broadway, the main street in Tribune, Kansas.
Credit Matt Nager/The Wall Street Journal

In a town and county named in honor of Horacy Greeley, the man credited with saying "Go West, young man," officials fear for the town's survival after three decades of accelerating population decline.

Greeley County, Kansas does not have demographics on its side. Rural areas across the Great Plains tend to experience high death rates as baby boomers age and die, while young people move away.  The county has lost over a third of its population since 1960.

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8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention

Credit Greg Kramos/USFWS

Landowners in Texas tend to be skeptical of more government involvement when it comes to protecting the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird inhabiting the portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, according to an article in The Texas Tribune.

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8:01 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Want a Tesla car in Texas? You'll have to order it online

You can look. You can touch. But you can't quite buy it here. The Tesla S at the company's showroom in Austin.
Credit Olivia Gordon/StateImpact Texas

It's the newest high-end electric car on the market, and it's not sold in Texas. It's not being sold in many other states, either.

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Special Programming
10:38 am
Tue September 10, 2013

NPR News Special Coverage: President Obama's address tonight at 8pm

President Obama walks toward the Oval Office of the White House on Tuesday.
Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

HPPR will be carrying live coverage of President Obama's address to the nation tonight. The president is expected to make his case for military action against Syria in response to reported use of chemical weapons.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Proposed legislation lets utilities buy out-of-state renewable energy credits


Legislatures in states including Kansas could soon find themselves considering legislation allowing utilities to satisfy renewable energy standards by purchasing credits from out-of-state, rather than generating or buying the power in-state.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

High Plains States among Top in Wind Production

Wind turbines near Woodward, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden/StateImpact Oklahoma

Texas remains on top of the nation in total wind energy produced in 2012, while Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado are not far behind, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Additions to each state's wind generation capacity last year are keeping the four plains states in the top ten of wind energy producers, as indicated by the DOE's Wind Technologies Market Report.

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8:01 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Grant Funding Seeks to Get Rural Kansas Access to Dental Services

Dutch Finn, 8, and his mom, Shelby Longren, wait in line for dental treatment at the Manhattan National Guard Armory, Kansas Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic.
Credit Ann Williamson/Kansas Health Institute

A $100,000 grant is being awarded to a Kansas organization to study potential solutions to bring dental care closer to home for thousands of rural Kansans.

DentaQuest Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the major national dental insurance company, awarded Oral Health Kansas the grant, reports Kansas Health Institute.

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8:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Harrington String Quartet Fundraiser Nearing Goal

Rossitza Jekova-Goza, Keith Redpath, Emmanuel Lopez and Vesselin Todorov perform at the end of the Harrington String Quartet's 2012-13 concert season.
Credit Sean Steffen/Amarillo Globe-News

A fundraising campaign to sustain the Harrington String Quartet after a major loss of funding has raised a majority of its goal.

Stringendo, a West Texas A&M University project established in April to support the Canyon, Tex. classical music quartet, has raised $25,000 of a $35,000 goal in under four months, the Amarillo Globe-News reports.

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10:47 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Colorado Insurance Marketplace Enrolling Uninsured

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While many other states refrain from getting into the health insurance business, Colorado is pressing on with efforts to educate the uninsured public about the state-run health insurance marketplace. Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado's answer to the Affordable Care Act, key provisions of which go into effect at the end of this year.
The market’s employees are traveling the state to explain how it will work, often in electric yellow T-shirts with the message, “Got Insurance?” In the coming weeks, 400 guides will be trained to help the uninsured sign up for coverage, with some targeting groups like Hispanics, gay and lesbian citizens, and even truckers.
HPPR Programming
1:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Presents Returns August 4th

Tune in as highlights from some of the finest performances in our region return to HPPR.

The 2013 broadcast season of the Amarillo Symphony begins with an all-Brahms program, Sunday, August 4th at noon.  Hear the First Symphony of Johannes Brahms in C Minor, Opus 68 as performed October 19th and 20th, 2012 by the Amarillo Symphony.

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Natural Resources & Energy
8:01 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

In Texas, Oil Prospecting Could Be as Simple as Looking at the Ground

In Utah, sandstone researchers say is bleached from red to white by hydrocarbon microseepages.
Credit University of Houston

Texas crude may not be oozing to the surface, but scientists think they can find oil and gas deposits just by looking at dirt.

Scientists at the University of Houston are finding ways to use sophisticated analysis of satellite imagery to detect miniscule changes to the Earth' surface caused by mineral deposits below, StateImpact Texas reports.

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8:01 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

Lone Star State Tops Sunflower State in Sunflower Production

Texas surpassed Kansas to become third in the nation in sunflower production, Texas-based magazine Country World reports.

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