HPPR History

High Plains Public Radio was founded in 1977 for the express purpose of enriching the educational, cultural, and community life of the High Plains region.  It is also dedicated to developing the self-identity of the High Plains so the region might better appreciate its common heritage and build a sustainable future.  It pursues this mission through public radio broadcasting, a medium freely accessible to nearly everyone, as well as digital web and mobile services.

HPPR began broadcasting in 1980 with a single station, KANZ-FM, serving southwest Kansas and studios in the former Pierceville, KS grade school.  Since then, HPPR has incrementally expanded its service area through local initiatives and capital campaigns.  HPPR currently operates 19 FM stations and translators serving 78 counties across a five state region of the High Plains.

Throughout its history, HPPR has always been more than just a public radio station. It's a virtual community of individuals from across the region who share common interests in knowing more about the world and building their home communities. And it's a community that's been built over the years through the time, talents and treasure of many volunteers, contributors, listeners and staff members.

Bob Davis To Take The Reins At HPPR In June

May 23, 2018
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High Plains Public Radio has filled the executive director position with an experienced leader who will be officially taking the reins in June.

Bob Davis is coming to HPPR from the Anniston Star, in Anniston, Alabama, where he worked for the past 12 years as editor and then publisher/editor.

With President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-America Arts Alliance will widen its advocacy efforts in hopes of preserving funding for the agencies, says Todd Stein, M-AAA's interim chief executive officer.

KHI News Service becoming part of KCUR public radio

Jan 5, 2017
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The Kansas Health Institute News Service, the nonprofit news reporting service of the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), has become part of KCUR Public Media, a move that took effect Jan. 1

Up From the Roots

Apr 24, 2013

Today, I'm thinking about how the plants, in my garden, are similar to public radio on the prairie.  Some of my plants come from seeds, some are off-shoots of parents plants, some started as cuttings or grafts relocated from other gardens and plants.  Some are divisions, where I have dug up the parent plant, divided it, and then planted the "kids" in a new spot.