Dale Bolton

Director of Programming and Operations

Dale is responsible for all of HPPR's programming. As Director of Programming and Operations, he supervise the programming staff  and directs the development of new programs.

Dale was born in Southern California and is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.  His history with HPPR goes back to 1987 when he took the job as HPPR's third Executive Director. In 1995 he left the station to pursue other interests including managing a retail computer store and designing computer databases. Dale rejoined HPPR in December 2010 as the operations director and later became the director of programming and operations.

Location:Garden City, KS studios

Phone:(800) 678-7444 ext 24 or (620) 275-7444 ext 24

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

What Are Invasives?

Salt Cedar (Tamarix sp.)
Credit Hillebrand Steve / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Biologists and rangeland conservationists discuss problems caused by the aggressive invasions of native and exotic shrubs such as Tamarisk, Russian Olive, Eastern Red Cedar and reeds on western Great Plains rangelands. These pests adversely impact ag economics, the ecology and native wildlife on the Plains.

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Environment
8:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

High Yield, Water Efficient Wheat

The wheat plot on the right in Dr. Qingwu Xue’s drought tolerance study will produce more biomass and will have a higher yield under drought conditions than the plot on the left.
Credit Texas A&M AgriLife Research / Dr. Qingwu Xue

Drought tolerance in wheat has been increased through breeding over the years, but a group of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Amarillo wanted to determine what plant physiological characteristics were making the biggest difference.

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Holiday Programming
2:50 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

A Paul Winter Solstice 2013: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 10 am CT

Paul Winter
Credit Rhonda Dorsett

One of NPR's most popular holiday specials returns with new talent and old friends. Malian singer Abdoulaye Diabate joins The Paul Winter Consort with Paul McCandless, the Drummers of The Fores of Nature, Gospel vocalist Theresa Thomason, and the historic reassembly of the Paul Winter Sextet in the World's Largest Gothic Cathedral -- New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. WNYC'S John Schaefer hosts this NPR holiday broadcast favorite.

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Holiday Programming
2:40 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Toast of the Nation: Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9 pm CT

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is perfect for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night from coast to coast, with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations and contributing something new to the musical feast.  Headliner Wynton Marsalis rings in 2013 Eastern Time playing the music of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens, live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center.  

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Holiday Programming
2:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Year's Day Live from Vienna: Wednesday, Jan 1 at 10 am CT

Franz Welser-Möst, General Music Director of the Vienna State Opera and Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year.  Click here for full details of the concert and its long tradition or download a copy of this year’s concert program.

Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Nebraska Landowner Story

Credit Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

Jerry Stevens enrolled in the Rainwater-Basin Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program, which restores and protects wetlands in fields under production by allowing center pivots to cross the rainwater basins. It's win-win. The program protects a wetland, and allows the producer to farm the circle around it.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Kansas Producers Self-regulate Water Use

Credit Kansas Ground Water Management

New legislation in Kansas makes it possible for producers to work within water conservation districts to create Locally Enhanced Management Areas (LEMAs) and agree among themselves how much groundwater use they can curtail. Brad Oelke talks about the first LEMA, which began in January 2013, and how NRCS may be able to help irrigators reduce consumption.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Conservation Planning to Reduce Water Use

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

Realizing the vital importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to the High Plains, The Natural Resources Conservation Service launched the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative. Playa lakes recharge the aquifer, and because of that, NRCS provides ways, through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, for producers to rehabilitate playas in cropland. NRCS Conservationists can help landowners develop a conservation plan that meets their goals, using this and other USDA conservation programs.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Grassland Birds: Greater Prairie-Chicken

Greater Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A grouse of the open grassland, the Greater Prairie-Chicken is known for its mating dance, performed by males on flat display sites on shortgrass prairie called leks. Their range extends from northern Oklahoma through the Flinthills and northern Kansas, and on north through the centers of Nebraska and the Dakotas. Sarah Sortum and her brother found their way back to the family ranch in the central Nebraska sandhills by starting an eco-tourism business, allowing bird watchers to see the chicken in its mixed-grass home.

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Inside HPPR
8:44 am
Sat November 23, 2013

UPDATE! HPPR Web Stream is Working

Tuesday, 12/31/13 3:30 pm

The web stream appears to be working properly. If you are still having problems connecting, please call the station at 800-678-7444 or write to me at dbolton@hppr.org. I will need to know when you tried to connect, your method of connection (Tune-In, NPR App, direct from HPPR web site, etc.) and any error messages you received. Thanks for your patience during this transition and thanks for listening. 

Tuesday 12/31/13 10:00 am

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Grassland Birds: Ferruginous Hawk

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis)
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Ferruginous is North America's largest hawk. Its habitat includes grasslands, deserts, and other open areas with isolated shrubs or trees where less than 50 percent of the land is under cultivation. The raptor preys on small mammals, many of which would be considered pests to ranchers. Its favorite meal is the prairie dog; a depopulation of the prairie dog on the High Plains has negatively impacted this hawk's numbers.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:16 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Messiah from Washington National Cathedral - Sunday, Dec 22 at 9 am CT

The Cathedral Choir and Baroque Orchestra
Credit http://www.nationalcathedral.org

Each year the Cathedral’s annual Messiah performances during the first weekend of December attract an audience of some 6000 from the greater Washington area. With a team of the finest international soloists, coming from the US and abroad, these performances offer exceptional value for a very high-quality, popular Christmas broadcast.  

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:07 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Christmas with the Morehouse & Spelman Glee Clubs - Sunday, Dec 22 at 11 am CT

Spelman College Glee Club

One of the great holiday traditions in America, the choirs of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges -- two of the most prestigious historically black institutions in the nation -- get together to present a spine-tingling concert program. This encore presentation features the best works of the last several years. It's a joyous celebration of the schools' tradition of singing excellence, with their trademark mixture of spirituals and carols. Korva Coleman hosts.

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HPPR Holiday Special
6:00 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Jazz Piano Christmas XXIX - Sunday, Dec 22 at 10 pm CT

Andy Bey

NPR Music brings you another great concert from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Top jazz pianists--including Andy Bey, Stanley Cowell, Sullivan Fortner, and Michele Rosewoman perform their favorite holiday songs. This Washington tradition continues to bring new twists to holiday classics with world-class musicians.

Click here for complete program information.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Grassland Birds: Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Sandhill Crane is a tall gray bird of open grasslands, meadows and wetlands. The most numerous crane species in the world, this bird congregates in huge numbers during migration between wintering grounds in the Southwest and its breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Eastern Asia.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Grassland Birds: Overview

Western Meadowlark singing
Credit Alan Vernon

They're not sport birds, but they are important to the ecological balance of range land. We look at the lives and habitats of the birds, and how conservation initiatives like Conservation Reserve Program helps these species.

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Holiday Programming
6:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2013: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 am CT

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Holiday Programming
6:40 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Welcome Christmas!: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 am CT

VocalEssence

The best way to welcome Christmas is Welcome Christmas!, the VocalEssence holiday concert from American Public Media.

Bring a Torch! This year's program puts the focus on old French carols, alongside two world premieres in the annual VocalEssence/American Composers Forum Christmas carol contest. The new carols call for the intriguing combination of men's chorus with English horn.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

KAWS Wetland Coordinator - Helping Landowners Conserve Playas

Wetland vegetation and birds in the Ehmke playa, Lane County, Kansas
Credit William C. Johnson

Duane Cheney, from the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, talks to landowners and operators in western Kansas about the benefits of enrolling playas in NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program or Continuous CRP, thereby taking those "mudholes" out of production once and for all and converting them into wonderful wildlife habitat that also helps recharge the Ogallala aquifer. Doug Duell talks about his experience rehabbing a 40-acre playa on his western Kansas cropland.

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Holiday Programming
6:30 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Christmas on Sinfonia: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 1 pm CT

HPPR presents 3 hours of all Christmas music hosted by Mindy Ratner. Festive holiday music celebrating family on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Programming
6:20 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Advent Voices: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 7 pm CT

Advent Wreath (File Photo)
Credit http://minnesota.publicradio.org

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Holiday Programming
5:10 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

A Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 8 pm CT

Erica Washburn

A Centennial Ceremony of Carols: A Benjamin Britten Holiday Celebration celebrates the Britten centennial with a holiday program created in the renowned WGBH Fraser Performance Studio featuring the NEC Chamber Chorus, the New England Conservatory’s elite choral ensemble led by Erica Washburn, along with the NEC Brass Ensemble and the Back Bay Ringers. In addition to the Hymn to the Virgin, the centerpiece of the program will be Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which will also feature other Britten holiday works and standard carols arranged by Sir David Willcocks.

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Holiday Programming
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 9 pm CT

Christmas is a time of traditions, and over the years, NPR has created a few traditions of its own. In this hour-long special: Wistfulness, joy, doubt, hope, all the emotions we feel at this time of year, all summoned up in memorable stories from the NPR broadcast archives.

David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk — these and other NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. It may be you'll remember these tales fondly, or it may be you'll fall in love with them for the first time.

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Holiday Programming
5:40 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Tinsel Tales 2: More NPR Christmas Favorites: Monday, Dec 24 at 10 pm CT

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season. The program is hosted by Lynn Neary and features these stories:

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Holiday Programming
5:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol: Tuesday, Dec 24 at 11 pm CT

Jonathan Winters

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Playas - Nebraska Landowner Story

Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska. Dave had a challenge that was perfect for Wetlands Reserve Program assistance. Amongst his five irrigation circles there's a lagoon, which he got tired of trying to farm through.

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Holiday Programming
5:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

St. Olaf Christmas Festival 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 9 am CT

St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN

A service in song and word that has become one of the nation's most cherished holiday celebrations. Tickets to the event, which takes place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, are always gone months in advance. The festival includes hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections celebrating the Nativity and featuring more than 500 student musicians who are members of five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra.

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Holiday Programming
5:10 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Chanticleer Christmas 2013: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 11 am CT

Chanticleer

A Chanticleer Christmas is American Public Media's one-hour celebration of the season as told through the glorious voices of Chanticleer, the 12-voice San Francisco-based men's choir. The program spans the globe and the centuries — from England in the 1300s to new arrangements of classic and contemporary carols.

Click here for more information or to hear or re-hear the program on-line.

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Holiday Programming
5:00 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

Cantigas de Santa Maria (Canticles of Holy Mary): Wednesday, Dec 25 at 1 pm CT

Digital illustration from the book of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. Original illustration art print by Emilio Villalba.

Explore a glimpse of this vast (420 compositions) repertoire of poetry, songs, stories, and recitations about the “Blessed Virgin Mary” in this holiday special.  The immense collection of Marian songs and poetry came from the Court of King Alfonso X (1252-1284) of Castile-Leon (now Spain).  We will visit the songs and stories as interpreted by musicologist and contemporary musicians playing on period and modern instruments.  Join the growing number of enthusiasts who appreciate the complex themes and musical surprises of the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Hosted by HPPR’s Debra Bolton.

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Holiday Programming
4:50 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Glad Tidings of Great Joy: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 3 pm CT

A one-hour holiday special, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin, featuring medieval and baroque music.

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