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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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.

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). 


The sounds of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir floated in to many homes during the holidays in the '60s & '70s on Goodyear and Firestone albums, bringing lush renditions of favorite Christmas carols. Those warm memories and feelings come right back again in this holiday special. The choir continues its tradition of great artistry with touching arrangements of familiar carols, and surprises with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics.


An encore presentation of our 2014 program. A meditative special co-hosted by superstar composer Eric Whitacre, featuring his own choral masterpieces.

Eric Whitacre is America's most popular composer today, and his choral works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In this one-hour program, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.

Direct from the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, a Celtic celebration of the season, with top-flight traditional singers and instrumentalists, and a story or two from host Brian O’Donovan.

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Frank Dominguez hosts a special holiday edition of the national bi-lingual program that features music by Spanish and Latin American composers and performers presented in English and in Spanish. This edition features traditional Spanish language villancicos from 18th century Cuba, 19th century Uruguay, and 17th century Ecuador. You'll also hear sacred works by the Renaissance Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, the 20th century Spaniard Joaquin Rodrigo, and the Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez.

Faster than Joe Biden deciding whether to run for President! More powerful than the wind it takes to finally blow off Donald Trump's hair! It's the Capitol Steps annual year in review special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" All your favorite candidates will be there, and some will be emailing about it for years afterwards on their private server. Join Hillary, Bernie, the Donald, Jeb, Marco, Carly, and more Republican candidates than you can shake a stick at!

An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's jazz that you can party to, all night long 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, contributing something new to the musical feast. 7 hours of music will start at 9pm CST and continue throughout the night until 4am.  Hear the energy infused live concert recordings of Wynton Marsalis, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.  Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton.

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. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

11:00 a.m. central time. On Thursday, November 26, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.

In an Echoes Acoustic Thanksgiving, we create a warm and inviting soundscape for this special day of the year. Electronics are unplugged and acoustic instruments and voices shine on this program which is centered by a live performance from acoustic artist Andy McKee.

Join us for a great start to the Thanksgiving holiday, starting at 9:00 am central time.

Reflections 2015

Nov 25, 2015

Mark Haslett returns to the High Plains airwaves with Reflections 2015, an evening of big-band jazz. A Thanksgiving eve tradition since 2009, Mark's knowledge of jazz coupled with his extensive music collection make for a great evening of jazz favorites. Join Mark as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday night at 7 central.

Geography is “where it’s at”… and so much more!!

Debra and Lynn spotlight geography through GPS (Geography in Popular Song) to kick off Geography Awareness Week.

Join Debra and Lynn for a celebration of geography, in conjunction with Geography Awareness Week. It's all about songs about places, a Geo-trivia contest and prizes during Silver Rails, Saturday, November 14th at 1pm CST.

During this 2-hour special you'll hear a great folk music—in the geographic tradition-- from around the world, and get quizzed on your geography knowledge!  Grab your thinking cap, telephone and a computer, so you can call 1-800-678-7444 to answer questions and so you can identify the picture-quiz portion of the show, here on our website.

National Geographic World maps and inflatable globes will be provided for the quiz show winners and of course you'll also enjoy the bragging rights that come with being a geography quiz master!

High Plains Public Radio in conjunction with the Garden City Recreation Commission Community Theater presents a live broadcast of H. G. Wells 'The War of the Worlds.

Performed live in the HPPR studios in Garden City, this re-enactment of the original 1938 broadcast is made possible by Keller-Leopold Insurance and the Gallery on 7th in Amarillo.

Saturday, October 17th at 7:00 pm central time with a repeat broadcast and listening parties on October 31 at 7:00 pm


UPDATE! Efforts continue on locating a new site for our Guymon, Oklahoma transmitter (KGUY). A potential site has been identified and negotiations are underway. Once the site has been obtained, construction of the antenna and transmitter will take approximately 30 days. KGUY has been off the air since mid-September.


This raptor migrates from its winter home in Argentina into western North America and breeds as far north as Canada. It's fate is tied to the amount of open rangeland left in the western prairie, and lots of habitat has been lost in the 20th Century after range land was broken out and farmed. The bird helps producers by eating insects, mammals and reptiles considered by producers to be pests. Conservation Reserve Program-enrolled land provides the type of habitat the bird can thrive in.


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.


Tammy VerCauteren
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Ft. Collins, CO

Matthew Bain
Smokey Valley Ranch Project Coord.
The Nature Conservancy
Oakley, KS

William C. Johnson

The town of Eads in Kiowa County, Colorado, was already familiar with wildlife tourism. The community saw the cleanup and preservation of a wetland south of town as an economic development opportunity, which would attract birders to the habitat to observe local and migrating waterfowl. A ConocoPhillips grant, administered through Playa Lakes Joint Venture, got the project rolling.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A ConocoPhillips grant provided seed money to assist the state of Kansas purchase 160 acres of salt-marsh wetland in Lincoln County, Kansas, from an elderly landowner who wanted to preserve the land perpetually. Kansas state biologist Matt Smith dealt with owner Jim Gurley, helped Gurley achieve his goal, and says the process was a very satisfying experience. As it was non-federal funding, the ConocoPhillips grant got leveraged multiple times by increasing the amount of federal and state funding made available to the project.

Jerod Foster

ConocoPhillips has teamed with Playa Lakes Joint Venture for more than 25 years to provide in-kind assistance and funds to provide conservation grants -- seed money to get conservation and habitat projects off and running. We talk about the importance of this non-federal source of money, which gets leveraged time and again by federal or state funds to make conservation/habitat projects happen.

HPPR is proud to introduce you to Letters by Mrs. Evelyn Merritt. Letters is a Reader’s Theatre script chronicling correspondence between the battlefront and home. Letters from wars ranging from the US Civil War up to the Iraq War are interwoven in this visceral and theatrical piece. A real gem.

For many wars, letters home were the only form of communication between soldiers and their loved ones.  Letters is thought-provoking and character-driven. It's not hard to see Marie, Jim, Caleb, Sarah, Harriet and Robert reaching out with pen and paper.

Join us for this special live broadcast of the HPPR Radio Theater tonight at 7:00 pm central time.

 Letters is a co-production of the Garden City Recreation Commission and High Plains Public Radio.

Courtesy Ben Wheeler/Pheasants Forever and Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

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.


Western Kansas is a semi-arid region, with yearly precipitation at 17-19 inches. Progressive farmers understand their biggest challenge is capturing and holding every drop of moisture they can. A group of Northwest Kansas producers meets regularly to discuss production practices. These growers are firm believers in no-till and planting cover crops whenever it's feasible. While some producers say cover crops unnecessarily sap moisture, members of Living Acres Network are more likely to say that the careful selection of a cover crop leaves residue that helps build the soil for better precipitation infiltration.

Mark Hilliard of Hale County, Texas, says, "This is cotton country. It's rare to find a pristine playa lake." He bought the native grassland on which the playa sits from family members, then protected the playa and a grassland buffer with a permanent Wetlands Reserve Easement. He couldn't be more happy with NRCS assistance removing sediment from the playa to improve its function and create bird habitat. NRCS conservationist Blake McLemore discusses what's involved in negotiating a perpetual easement.

William C. Johnson

McPherson County landowner Dale Schmidt bought ground he intended to farm, but often it was too wet to plant, or to harvest. He's pleased he enrolled the land as a perpetual wetland easement. Schmidt and his NRCS District Conservationist Blake McLemore discuss the improvements made to the parcel.

Texas Parks and Wildlife

Research indicates that a buffer surrounding a playa lake, consisting typically of native grasses and forbs, prevents migration of upland topsoil and farm chemicals into lowland wetlands such as playa lakes and rainwater basins.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

We examine Jan Minton's ranch, the family operation she took over in Floyd Co., Texas. It had been "farmed to death," she said, and two playa lakes were in poor condition. Bill Johnson, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist, developed a restoration plan that involved silt removal, playa repair, and a native grass and forbs plant buffer around the playas' margins.

Playa lakes are effective vectors for groundwater recharge and water filtration, but that assumes they're in a healthy state.

Water, soil and habitat specialists discuss the causes of sedimentation and talk about playa restoration.

Darryl Birkenfeld / Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Many playas on federal grasslands in southeast Colorado, southwest Kansas, New Mexico and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles have pitted playas. There's a cooperative effort underway to rehab some of these playas. Restored playas mean shallow water will return. When that happens, plants will burst forth, providing seeds the birds like, and attracting insects, a good source of protein.

Dale Daniel

A functioning playa provides water to recharge the aquifer. There's also a whole community of wetland plants and invertebrates that need the very shallow water found in a healthy playa. These plants and invertebrates provide food for migrating birds. But when a playa has a pit, it is like "pulling the drain in a bathtub" and it no longer holds water very well. Rehabilitating playas by filling pits restores natural function to those wetlands.