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


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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HPPR Network Status
5:12 am
Fri August 9, 2013

89.5 KTOT Spearman: Off the Air

*This issue has since been resolved.*

89.5 KTOT Spearman/Perryton is off the air due to storm-related issues.  An engineer is en route to the transmitter site to assess the problem.  91.5 KZNZ Elkhart is also affected by this outage.

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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HPPR Network Status
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

94.9 Amarillo: Impaired Signal

*This issue has since been resolved.*

94.9 Amarillo is experiencing an impaired signal due to equipment problems at the transmitter site.  Listeners may periodically hear static or poor quality audio on this station.

Listeners in the Amarillo area can tune to 105.7 KJJP Amarillo to hear HPPR programming.  This problem may persist for a short period of time until engineers can make repairs.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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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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8:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Why is Amarillo in So Many Songs? …and Other Google Autocomplete Assertions

You may or may not agree with it, but Google has some interesting things to say about where you live.  You just have to know how to ask.

By manipulating the “autocomplete” function implemented by Google, bloggers and journalists alike recently discovered they can trick the search engine into surreptitiously suggesting what may appear to be biased or over-generalized judgments regarding various geographic locales.

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Classical Music
8:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Interview with Amarillo Symphony's New Conductor

Credit John Graham

The Amarillo Symphony last week announced Jacomo Rafael Bairos as its new musical director.  I sat down with the new conductor to ask him about his influences and his vision for the symphony.

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5:23 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Amarillo Symphony Names New Music Director

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Jacomo Rafael Bairos comes to Amarillo from Charlotte, N.C., and puts emphasis on making the symphony feel younger and more relevant.
Jacomo Rafael Bairos was announced as the 17th music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony on Monday, the culmination of a two-year-long process and nearly two months of secrecy.
Special Programming
7:32 am
Tue July 2, 2013

A Capitol Fourth: July 4 at 7pm

Credit Courtesy of Capital Concerts

This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol.  Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.

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Special Programming
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Capitol Steps, Politics Takes a Holiday: July 4 at 11am

This just in:  The Gang of 8 has announced that in order to be a citizen of the United States, you have to listen to the Capitol Steps 4th of July special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

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Special Programming
7:02 am
Tue July 2, 2013

The Joni Mitchell Special: July 4 at 10am

Jian Ghomeshi in conversation with Joni Mitchell in her Los Angeles home.

Join HPPR for this hour-long special with the legendary and highly influential Canadian folk music icon Joni Mitchell.

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Kansas Weather
8:01 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Have You Experienced a Haboob? Video from SW Kansas


The storm chaser known online as Twisterfiddler posted video recently of an impressive dust cloud rolling over southwest Kansas.

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Special Programming
6:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NPR News Special Coverage: Supreme Court Wrap-Up, 7pm Tonight

It's been a busy week for the U.S. Supreme Court.  The court has finished its year with rulings on three major cases:  affirmative action in college admissions, the pre-clearance requirements of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the status of gay marriage (Prop 8 and DOMA).

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HPPR Government and Politics
4:33 am
Tue June 25, 2013

A New State? Reactions to North Colorado

Credit Huffington Post/Getty

Opinions and analysis abound after commissioners from Weld County earlier this month unveiled a proposal to break away from Colorado and form a new state.

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HPPR Government & Politics
1:55 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Cities, Counties, Schools Grappling with New Concealed-Carry Law

Credit Journal

As Kansas' new concealed-carry law goes into effect on July 1, many cities, counties and educational institutions across the state are choosing to operate under exemptions from the law.

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12:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

It Could be a Long Fire Season in Texas

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In the past few months, red flag warnings for areas of the high plains seem to be in effect more often than not. This summer could hold more of the same.
Major wildfires could occur across the Southwest this year, including in Texas, according to several scientists on a Climate Nexus panel Tuesday. Now that Texas in its third year of drought, the state is likely to experience a longer fire season as a result of dry conditions and rising summer temperatures.
10:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Current Drought Conditions on the High Plains

Lead in text: 
The High Plains Regional Climate Center, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, released its updated report ending May 30. Read the status reports directly from the source, as well as links to the seasonal drought outlook, the drought impact report, and individual state statistics.
Large amounts of rain fell in the eastern portion of the High Plains Region this past week. This rain continues to aid in the drought recovery in the Region.

Amarillo Symphony Presents on HPPR

Amarillo Symphony Presents is a cooperative effort between High Plains Public Radio and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, bringing listeners highlights from some of the finest performances in our region.

The 2013 broadct season began Sunday, August 4th and will continue through October.  We will feature live recordings from the Amarillo Symphony's 2012-13 season under the baton of three musical director candidate finalists, including the symphony's newest musical director, Jacomo Rafael Bairos.