Grady Kirkpatrick

Program Director and Wyoming Sounds Host

Phone: 307-766-6624
Email: wkirkpa1@uwyo.edu 

 

Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ("He's a Lumberjack and he's OK……..!") He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.

After 16 great years in Kentucky, Grady & Cheryl packed the family (2 kids, 2 cats, and a dog) and headed for Wyoming in the middle of winter to hire on as Music Director for Wyoming Public Media. He hosted Morning Music and now Wyoming Sounds and was also hired as Program Director. Besides radio, Grady has worked in construction and likes to play outdoors. (camp, fish, bike, hike, ski, golf). He loves music, of course, traveling, stargazing and American history.

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Wyoming Public Radio Reporters Discuss The Close Of The Legislative Session

The Wyoming legislature is winding up its work and we thought we'd begin the show discussing what we've seen. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler and Bob Beck have been covering the session.

Texas-based author, singer-songwriter and historian Bobby Bridger has produced an audio version of the book, Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull: Inventing the Wild West.

The book was awarded Foreword magazine's "Gold Award" as the "Best Biography of 2002". Grady Kirkpatrick recently talked with Mr. Bridger.

J Shogren

Music and conversation with Laramie musician J. Shogren. Grady Kirkpatrick talks with J. about his latest album Slow Bird Winter.

stollvaughan.com

Music and conversation with Stoll Vaughan from Kentucky. Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Stoll about his latest album Desires Shape, his songwriting collaboration with the Allman Betts band and a Wyoming fish story.

iamwyomingband.com

Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Shawn Day from the Sheridan-based band Wyoming. They talk about the new song and video "9 - 5" and also about a University of Wyoming reunion at a renowned studio in Laurel Canyon, California.

Amanda Charchian

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Joachim Cooder about his new album "Over That Road I'm Bound: the Songs of Uncle Dave Macon."

Red Butte Band

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Jerry Mitchell of from the Casper-based band Red Butte. They talk about the origins of the band and recent new recordings plus a new video of the song "Cincinnati."

Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Wyoming musician Bob LeFevre about the release of the new album Bob LeFevre and the Already Gone.

Inland Isle

Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Jackson, Wyoming based indie folk rock band Inland Isle about their new song "Celestine" from their forthcoming album, Time Has Changed Us.

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Grady Kirkpatrick talked with guitarist, singer and songwriter Duane Betts of the Allman Betts Band about the new album Bless Your Heart, playing concerts again, riding horses and recently moving to the Jackson Hole area.

benyaro.com

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Wilson, Wyoming based musician Ben Musser aka Benyaro about his latest project the Searching for Fortune original score and soundtrack. You'll hear songs from the soundtrack including "Scotch," and "Lemonade," and "Wyoming."

Corb Lund

Grady Kirkpatrick talked with Canadian Western singer-songwriter Corb Lund about his new album Agricultural Tragic and a story about a hunting trip gone bad. Corb played shows in March in Laramie and Cheyenne that turned out to among his last before the pandemic shut down of concerts and events.

Mike Vanata

Grady Kirkpatrick talks with Wyoming native Alysia Kraft from the Ft. Collins folk-rock trio Whippoorwill about their latest release the Nature of Storms, sequestering in Riverside and the future of The Patti Fiasco.

Celebrate Public Radio Music Day with us, April 16, 2020.

Celebrate the first-ever Public Radio Music Day with us on Thursday, April 16! Stations across the country will highlight the special role noncommercial stations play in the music world both locally and nationally.

Wyoming Public Media provides three separate music stations with Classical Wyoming, Jazz Wyoming and Wyoming Sounds.

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Jackson Hole based singer, songwriter and musician Michael Batdorf released his eight studio album Proving Ground in 2019. He also released a new album with his band One Ton Pig. Michael spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new music, moving from the Midwest to Wyoming, Tuesday nights at the Silver Dollar and camping in a tornado.

Ben Winship

Grady Kirkpatrick spoke with Teton Valley producer and musician, Ben Winship, about his 2019 albums Acorns and Toolshed.

Tess Anderson

Wyoming troubadour Jalan Crossland spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his performance at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.

Andy Bardon

Jackson based musician and producer Aaron Davis spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new album The Meander.

wyotheband.com

Los Angeles based indie-rock band WYO is set to release their second album Changes later this year. The band will be showcasing this month at South by Southwest in Austin and playing a show at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village March 30. WYO's music is inspired by the area around Jackson, Wyoming - the hometown of frontman, Andy Sorge. Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Andy.

Multi-instrumentalist John McEuen is a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, a Grammy-winning producer and published author. He spoke with Grady Kirkpatrick before his performance at the Bighorn Mountain Festival in Buffalo from July of 2018.

John McEuen returned to Wyoming for shows with the String Wizards in Pinedale and Cheyenne in February 2019. Grady Kirkpatrick spoke again with John sharing music and stories.


johnhartford.com

In celebration of the 80th birth anniversary of John Hartford on December 30, 2017, Wyoming Public Radio rebroadcast John Hartford: An American Treasure produced by Grady Kirkpatrick at WNKU Highland Heights, KY in June of 2001 shortly after John passed away from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Robert Earl Keen

  

  

Texas country artist Robert Earl Keen returned to Wyoming for a show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie in October of 2017. Grady Kirkpatrick talked with him before the show.

Bridget Kearney

    

Lake Street Dive is playing in Laramie Saturday night March 11 at the Gryphon Theatre. Grady Kirkpatrick recently spoke with band member Bridget Kearney about how they formed and about her debut solo album Won't Let You Down.

 

 

 

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Musician, writer and producer Leon Russell passed away November 13 at the age of 74. Russell’s wife, Jan Bridges, said in a statement that her husband died in his sleep at their Nashville home. Russell had heart bypass surgery in July and had been planning on resuming touring in January.

Leon Russell talked with Grady Kirkpatrick ahead of his show in Laramie Aug 6, 2013.

 

Mary-Keating Bruton

Grady Kirkpatrick talked to acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry ahead of his June 11, 2016 show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie.

danhicks.net

Dan Hicks, musician singer and songwriter, died Saturday February 6, 2016 in Mill Valley after a long battle with throat and liver cancer. He was 74.

Mr. Hicks emerged in the San Francisco folk scene in the late ‘50’s and in 1965 became the drummer for the Charlatans, an early folk rock band. Two years later, he formed Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, the group with which he was best known.

Taylor Scott

  

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Taylor Scott from Cheyenne talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about his new EP from the Taylor Scott Band - "A Closer Look, The Second Glance."

Portions of songs are edited. For full release of EP go to taylorscottmusic.com. The EP will also be available on iTunes the week of October 26.

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WPR's Grady Kirkpatrick talked with musician, author, actor and painter Bobby Bridger about his new release Vagabond Heart.

Wyoming Public Media

Michael Martin Murphey (of "Wildfire" and "Carolina In the Pines" fame) talked with Grady Kirkpatrick and played a few songs.

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