50 Years Of Wyoming Public Radio
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, Wyoming's "Educational FM Station". Shortly thereafter Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act creating National Public Radio, of which Wyoming Public Radio would become a member.
This was the roaring 60's, time of innovation, stereophonic audio technology and man's first trip to the moon. Then came the 1970s, when Wyoming Public Radio launched each broadcast day with the song of a meadowlark, Wyoming's State Bird, the 1980s the early broadcasts of Representative Dick Cheney and Senator Alan Simpson, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The 1990s witnessed national media descending upon Wyoming following the murder of Matthew Shepard. The new millennium introduced mobile radio technology and radio signals through cell phones. What do you remember best from Wyoming Public Radio airwaves?
Listeners, community leaders, city and county officials, Wyoming celebrities, and all friends of our station shared their testimonial, reflecting the benefits of Wyoming Public Radio. Memories were also shared on social media with the hashtag #WPRat50. We look forward to sharing more history, milestones, and future anniversaries.
A selection of testimonials from Wyoming listeners:
Glance at snapshots of Wyoming Public Radio's early years on our interactive 50th timeline.