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Wyoming Public Radio celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. In 1966, students and staff in the Student Union gathered together to sign an application to become KUWR.

Listen As Former Governor Ed Herschler Tells A Joke

Courtesy of the Wyoming State Archives

This week we have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wyoming Public Radio and in that time we’ve encountered some interesting characters, dignitaries, and just plain interesting folks. One person that qualified for all three of those categories was former Governor Ed Herschler. 

Herschler was Wyoming’s only three term Governor serving the state until 1985. Governor Herschler was a long-time friend of Wyoming Public Radio and he appeared on this station weeks before he died in 1990. Wyoming Public Radio recorded this speech given by Governor Herschler in Laramie towards the end of his time as governor. Herschler had a commanding presence and had an amazing sense of humor. We played this clip as part of his obituary piece over 25 years ago.

Bob Beck retired from Wyoming Public Media after serving as News Director of Wyoming Public Radio for 34 years. During his time as News Director WPR has won over 100 national, regional and state news awards.
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