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


Storm season
9:22 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Severe weather coverage by HPPR

In order to provide notification of severe weather to the public, most of HPPR’s transmitter sites are equipped to continuously monitor the National Weather Service (NWS) and immediately interrupt regular programming and directly broadcast any severe weather warning issued by the NWS.  These warnings include severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings. 

The list below identifies the counties covered by this notification service.  Next to the county is the HPPR station(s) to tune to in order to hear the NWS warnings.


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Playa Country episode
11:53 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Playa Renovation: Jan Minton Ranch Floyd, TX

Credit 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. This story is part two of a four-part series on playa health and originally aired on HPPR on February 19, 2013. The story was repeated April 2, 2013 as part of the Landowner Stories series.

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Playa Country episode
8:01 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Citizen Science: Bird Count

Credit audubon.org

The approach of Christmas foretells the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Biologists term the event "citizen science." It's an activity that allows laypeople to develop an interest in bird watching, and their efforts helping scientists conduct the census is invaluable - scientific organizations couldn't afford to pay for the vital data-collection performed by thousands of citizen scientists across the nation. This is the first in a four-part series on Land Owner stories. It originally aired on HPPR on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

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Playa Country episode
8:01 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Playa Renovation: Haynes Farm, Holyoke, CO

Holyoke, CO, farmer Larry Haynes talks about putting land "to its best use." For decades he attempted to farm playas in his fields but said he "rarely" was able to harvest crops grown in those wetlands. He decided to forget attempting to farm the playas and instead renovate them and plant large plant buffers around them, thus putting the playas "to their best use" as wildlife habitat. Biologist Jerry Miller drew up plans to renovate the playas and create plant buffers. As expensive as farming is today, Haynes says it makes no sense to pour expensive ag inputs into a mud hole. This the final episode in a four-part series on playa health. It originally aired on HPPR Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

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

Playa Health: The Importance of Buffers

Credit Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

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. The buffers are important to rangeland playas, but are vital when playas are situated in fields under crop production. This story is part three of a four-part series on playa health. It originally aired on HPPR Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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

Playa Sedimentation: Causes and Fixes

Credit U.S. EPA

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

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8:37 am
Thu December 20, 2012

HPPR 800# not working

HPPR's toll-free number is not operating due to problems with our telecom service providers.  Please use our main office number  --  620 275 7444 -- in the meantime.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

Update 12/27/12 - 800 number still down. We may not have that service restored until after the new year. Please check here for further updates.

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HPPR political coverage
9:39 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Continuous Election Night Coverage from HPPR

HPPR will provide continuous election night coverage from 7pm-2am CT on November 6, immediately following the usual broadcast of All Things Considered.  In the event that the presidential race remains undecided and results are still coming in, coverage may extend past 2am.  NPR News will provide coverage from a national perspective and HPPR staff will report results of congressional and state-level positions and issues within the High Plains region.  In addition to providing coverage on all of its broadcast stations

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Playa Country episode
4:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Managing for drought on Playa Country

Grazing and drought

This week on Playa Country, we begin a three part series on grazing. Much of Playa Country has been in a two-year drought, and parts of the region are in exceptional drought. How do ranchers and range managers plan and operate and protect their grasslands under these conditions? A strategic plan is essential. Playa Country airs on Tuesday's at 6:44 pm during All Things Considered.

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Playa Country Episode
12:04 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Final episode of Invasive Species on Playa Country

Eastern Red Cedar
Jim Mason

On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, we will hear the final episode of Invasive Species on Playa Country. This report covers woody shrub invasions and control efforts in Nebraska. Biologist Kirk Schroeder of Grand Island enumerates particular weeds invading Nebraska: phragmites is a growing problem in waterways and riparian land, Russian Olive and Eastern Red Cedar (ERC) are invading uplands. Tom Hartman of Grand Island manages the family ranch at Scotia, NE, and faced an onslaught of ERC. He and neighbors have been controlling with mechanical removal followed by fire.

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Playa Country Episode
12:01 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Invasive Species series continues on Playa Country

Oklahoma Historical Society

The second in the three-part series on invasive species airs this week on Playa Country.  On Tuesday at 6:44 pm central time, Biologist Gene Miller describes the problem with invasives along the banks of the Canadian River in the Texas panhandle and western Oklahoma. He and NRCS rangeland manager Clint Rollins created the consortium the Canadian River Cooperative Weed Management Area, a group of agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners conducting invasive weed control efforts.

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HPPR political coverage
12:16 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Listen now to the final presidential debate

HPPR is currently carrying coverage of the final presidential debate on all of its broadcast stations and web stream. Listen now and follow the Live Chat and NPR All Politics Liveblogging, just below.

with NPR's Frank James
11:04 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential debate live chat

Thursday at 8 pm CT
8:00 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Live coverage of the vice-presidential debate on HPPR

HPPR will provide live coverage of the vice-presidential debate on Thursday, October 11, starting at 8 pm CT from the Centre College in Danville, KY.  The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each.

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Playa Country Episode
11:20 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Playa Country returns to HPPR

Starting Tuesday evening during All Things Considered, Playa Country returns to the air. Playa Country features stories from experts in the fields of conservation, wild life management, farming, ranching and land management. All focused on the future of one of our area's most important resources, the Ogallala aquifer.

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Let us know
4:34 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Comment on HPPR programming

HPPR always welcomes your feedback and thoughts on HPPR's programming.  You can add your comment to the discussion space below and HPPR's staff will be notified immediately of your posting.  Or, if you prefer, contact Dale Bolton, HPPR's Programming and Operations Director, directly by email or by calling 800-748-9645 during business hours.