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High Plains Outdoors episode
8:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Talking with Terry Tate: Air Rifle Designer and Builder

Terry Tate
Credit Luke Clayton

Luke talks with big bore air rifle designer and builder Terry Tate.

Howdy folks!

This week I have the pleasure of talking with Terry Tate.  If you recall, he's a designer and builder of big bore air rifles.  He's been giving me lessons before we go out hunting with the air rifles for wild hogs.

I can't wait!

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Vietnam: White House
8:00 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Doug Laubach

Doug Laubach
Credit Doug Laubach

Doug Laubach talks with fellow veteran, Leonard Hitz.

Doug Laubach enlisted in the Army with his draft card in his pocket on Feb. 15, 1970.  He was sent to Fort Ord, California for basic training, and during that time, he was asked if he would be interested in attending a lecture., with who and what it was about was not told.  He went.  That choice took him to the White House during the Nixon years. 

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Battle of the Bulge: December 14, 1944- January 28
8:00 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Martin Huschka

Young Martin Huschka
Martin Huschka

Martin Huschka shares his story with fellow veteran, Leonard Hitz

Martin Huschka makes surviving the Battle of the Bulge sound like another day at the office in his matter of fact tone.  But, the fight that began December 16, 1944, was an all-out gamble by Hitler to push the Allies to ask for peace according to History.com

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Vietnam Veteran
8:00 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Tommy Webb

Judge Tommy B Webb
Tommy Webb

Leonard Hitz talks with fellow Marine, Tommy Webb

Circumstances do not predict the future.  Tommy Webb is living proof.  

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Vietnam Veteran
8:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Veteran’s Day 2013 Profile: Larry Large

Basic Training 1964
Larry Large

Leonard Hitz talks with Larry Large

For Larry Large, serving in the military is a family tradition.  It is not a duty or responsibility.  It is a privilege.  His grandfather, father, brother, and son all served. 

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame

Danny Wall
Credit Russell Anglin / amarillo.com

Danny Wall was recently inducted into the Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame.  Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, is one of the state’s pioneering BMX racers in the late 1970s and 80s according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Texas
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Dr. Dixie Milello: A Texas Overcomer

Dr. Dixie Melillo, right, with Dorothy Gibbons. Melillo, a 1967 Caprock graduate, is medical director and co-founder with Gibbons of The Rose, a Pasadena breast cancer center.
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Dr. Dixie Milello follows the road less taken.  She also has what it takes to turns challenges into strength.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Mike Fuller: A Glimpse Inside

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There are a few families that show me how love looks and acts.  The Fullers do.  What some might see as a burden, they see as a blessing.  Read Mike’s feature from the Inspire section of Amarillo Magazine to get a glimpse into how this grandfather sees his grandson. 

With Mike’s approval, here’s the song he wrote for Max, “Son of a Daughter.”

Mike performing "Son of a Daughter" live

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Ness County
8:00 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Ness County Man Remembers His Roots and Leaves Entire Estate to Provide FHSU Scholarships

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Lloyd Trauer spent a long time working in education.  Trauer recently announced that he is leaving his entire estate, worth more than half a million dollars, to provide scholarships reported The Topeka Capital-Journal.  According to his wishes, preference will be given to students from west of Salina, but the scholarships will be open to anyone in elementary education.

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My Farm Roots -- Harvest Public Media series
8:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Still farming, despite disability

Despite suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome, Steve Quandt still farms outside Grand Island, NE.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.

I met Steve Quandt on Quandt Road, north of Grand Island, Neb., on the farm that used to belong to his grandfather. It’s the place he remembers spending days as a kid, from morning to night, helping milk cows, work the fields and repair machinery.

He followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, building his own farming operation. But that path was suddenly interrupted nearly six years ago.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Kenneth Wyatt: Uncalled to be a preacher, called to be a painter

Race to the Gate

Kenneth Wyatt is a Texas Panhandle treasure.  The 83 year old is one of the country’s, maybe the world’s, premier artists of western and religious paintings according to the Amarillo Globe-News

Harvest Public Media series
8:00 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Tough guys in the saddle

Nate Pike has worked the land outside Dodge City, KS, for most of his 80 years.
Credit Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

I met Nate Pike working on a story back in 2012. When I dropped back by his ranch 30 miles south of Dodge City, KS, this summer, he took me on a bumpy pickup ride to see a spring called St. Jacob’s Well and we got to talking about the former owner of some of his ranchland.

Pike has been out on his ranch for a while and he told me the former owner started ranching in western Kansas before 1900.

“He was a fine old gentleman and one of the toughest old men I ever knew,” Pike told me, his gravelly voice carrying over the pickup truck’s rambles.

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Harvest Public Media series
8:01 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Hardwired for hard work

Amy Konishi has lived in Rocky Ford, CO her entire life. In the 1980s, a local newspaper profiled her and her husband’s long connection to the area.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Amy Konishi says when her obituary is written it’ll read, “All she knew was work.”

It’ll be a fitting tribute given the 87-year-old’s work ethic. As a young girl she toiled in her family’s onion and cantaloupe and dry bean fields outside Rocky Ford, Colo. Then she moved to selling produce at her husband’s roadside shed along the highway. In the 1950s she opened her own hair salon and she’s been putting in hours ever since.  

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Canadian Says Goodbye to The Comet

Wildcat Stadium in Canadian, Texas
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Bill Cross, a 5' 6" stick of dynamite, was one of the all-time-greatest football players to come out of the Texas Panhandle said a piece in High Plains Yesterdays.

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Texas Panhandle
8:01 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The Freedom Train Comes to Canyon, Texas- in Miniature

Walt and Linda Shelly operate their model train sets on display Monday at Canyon Area Library. The exhibit is made up of trains from their collection.
Credit Sean Steffen / AGN Media

The Freedom Train toured the country from 1947-1949, and again from 1975-1976.  It was  the idea of Attorney General Tom C. Clark to remind Americans of the freedoms, liberties, and sacrifices so often taken for granted.   The Amarillo Globe reported The Freedom Train is back... in miniature... in Canyon, Texas.  

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In memory of parents
5:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Lee Fund: Raising Alzheimer's Awareness in SW Kansas

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Skip Mancini and Jan Evans about a project to raise Alzheimer's awareness in southwest Kansas. 

Skip Mancini is the creator and voice of Growing on the High Plains.  She also has been profoundly affected by Alzheimer's.  Both her parents had the disease. 

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

My Farm Roots: A cowboy at heart

Once an average suburban Colorado kid, Trent Johnson spent years ranching and now owns storied cowboy outfitter Greeley Hat Works.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Trent Johnson didn’t grow up on a farm, but he was always enamored with the cowboy lifestyle.

He sure looks the part now. I visited him in his custom cowboy hat shop in Greeley, Colo. In a sleek black cowboy hat and blue western shirt, Johnson delivers the modern cowboy aesthetic.

During college he hung out with the urban cowboy crowd, which included concerts for country idols like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw. The city kid, who’d spent part of his childhood on a ski team, decided he needed a change.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
1:04 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Air Gun Innovator

Terry Tate lives in northeast Texas, a place called Cumby.  Last week we talked with him about hunting with air rifles, and this week I asked him to come back to talk about how he discovered his passion for building them. 

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
5:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

If They Were Good Enough for Lewis and Clark...

Terry Tate with a 405 pound boar taken with his air rifle

Listen to the extended conversation with Luke and Terry Tate

Did you know that air rifles have been around since the Fifteenth Century? The Lewis  and Clark Expedition might have failed had it not been for an air rifle! That's right the expedition had only one air rifle but it was capable of shooting multiple shots and shooting them very accurately. The Native Americans encountered  along the way were usually given a demonstration of the 'silent and deadly' big bore rifle. When they saw tight groups shot at extended yardages, from a weapon that was almost as silent as their bows, they were awe struck.

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High Plains History Episode
11:22 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Velma On...

As my time with Velma Wancura draws to a close, Velma and I talked about some of life's nuggets.  These are some of her thoughts about:

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Prejudice and Pride

Velma Wancura 41966

It was hard to be German during World War I.  Velma Wancura's father hired extra help during harvest time.  She said you had to be careful not to hire a German sympathizer or a spy. 

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High Plains History Episode
8:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Root Cause of Stingy

Velma Whipple Wancura around 1930

Go back to May, 1935.  Velma and Ted Wancura have a young son.  They haven't had a wheat crop in years, or rain for that matter.  Most of their cattle herd has been lost in the dust storms.  A tornado took their house.  The Wancuras moved a vacant house in to replace it.

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HPPR People
9:09 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

A Husband And Wife Blessed Late In Life

The Caplans. Louis, 76, and Harriet, 67, visited StoryCorps in Santa Fe, N.M.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 3:39 am

Harriet and Louis Caplan's love story began 20 years ago in a college town in Kansas. Harriet was 48 and working at a bank. Louis was a 56-year-old physicist.

Both assumed they'd be single for the rest of their lives — until their paths crossed.

It began with Wednesday evening outings when a group would meet after work.

"We went to football games and concerts, and I still don't quite know how it happened, but instead of going in two separate cars, you and I would start going in the same car," Harriet remembers. "I don't think we ever had a date."

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WSOT listener appreciation
6:01 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Listeners and listeners of the year

Best Wishes to Ms. Vesta Brant, our very first Listener Of The Year. She is shown here at the Senior Olympics in Cimarron, Ks carrying where she won the Olympian Medal just before turning 98.

On the evening of March 9th, 2012, Jerry Yarnell, master artist, whose television program Paint This with Jerry Yarnell is seen on PBS, was deputized in his Skiatook, Oklahoma studio as honorary Deputy Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas by Dodge City's Marshal Allen D. Bailey. In attendance were several of his staff, friends, students, his Mother Mary, and his Father Joe.

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WSOT on the road
11:23 am
Sat August 4, 2012

Appearances and awards

Marshal Allen Bailey after the awards ceremony in Mineral Wells, Texas where he was awarded the Disc Jockey of the Year 2010 by the Heroes of Western Music Society. Allen also received a proclamation from the Governor of Texas.

Western Swing & Other Things travels the High Plains territory from time-to-time with appearances and special broadcasts by Marshal Bailey along with Cowgirl Janey.  The Marshal and the program have also garnered many awards over the years both locally and nationally.