AMARILLO, TX – The David D. and Nona S. Payne Foundation has awarded High Plains Public Radio (HPPR) a $10,000 grant.
The Payne Foundation’s grant will help HPPR repair one of its stations, KTOT-FM 89.5-Spearman-Perryton, that serves the east Texas Panhandle and provide operating support to HPPR’s five stations serving people in the Texas Panhandle. Damage to KTOT’s transmission system has limited its power to 20%, thereby reducing its coverage area by 77% and number of people served by 66%.
KTOT-FM 89.5-Spearman-Perryton and HPPR’s other three stations serving people in the Texas Panhandle (KJJP-FM 105.7-Amarillo, KTXP-FM 91.5-Bushland, and KTDH-FM 89.3-Dalhart) broadcast a mix of news, public affairs, music, and cultural programming 24 hours a day (see schedule at https://www.hppr.org/high-plains-public-radio-schedule#weekly). HPPR’s second service, HPPR Connect, broadcasts news and public-affairs programming, which can be heard on FM 94.9 in the Amarillo area (https://www.hppr.org/hppr-connect-radio-schedule#weekly-schedule) and online at hppr.org.
“We’re very thankful for the Payne Foundation’s grant,” said HPPR Executive Director Will Murphy. “Costs to operate five stations in Texas and the other 13 stations across the High Plains are extremely high. So, when major repairs are required, we need the help of our foundation supporters. Their support also allows HPPR to broadcast quality reporting and a wide variety of music to radio listeners across the Texas Panhandle. Such support makes possible everything from ‘Morning Edition’ to the ‘New York Philharmonic’ to ‘High Plains Morning’.”
Founded in 1980, the David D. and Nona S. Payne Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.
HPPR has been providing public-radio service for 40 years, starting in 1980 with the launch of its first station in southwest Kansas. Over the years, HPPR has grown to provide service to nearly 300 communities in 80 counties across four states in the High Plains region through an interconnected network of 12 FM stations and six FM translators.
More information on High Plains Public Radio and its programs and projects are available at www.hppr.org or by calling 800-678-7444.