I am a happy radio listener.
High Plains residents — those of us who like news, information and well-reasoned analysis of current events — are getting an additional treat on our radio dial.
It’s called 9.49 Connect. It’s an expanded news offering provided by High Plains Public Radio. When HPPR’s morning news shows go off the air — while being broadcast simultaneously on 94.9 and 105.7 FM — 94.9 Connect stays on the air with more news and commentary.
HPPR rolled out its expanded news offering this past week. In doing so, it has decided to quench the thirst for news junkies such as yours truly.
National Public Radio for too long has gotten a bad rap by those who suggest it is some sort of “liberal organ” that only squishy lefties would appreciate.
Wrong, man! Double wrong! Triple wrong!
If you’ll pardon my lifting a common mantra from the 2016 presidential election, NPR “tells it like it is.” So does its affiliate station, HPPR, which is headquartered in Garden City, Kan.
I am happy to sing the praises of a non-commercial radio station, given that public radio relies on listener support and corporate “underwriters.”
And make no mistake, its news presentation strides down the straight and narrow. It doesn’t pepper its coverage with buzz words and partisan rhetoric, which I suppose is what its critics — mainly those on the far right — wish it would do.
Only they want the news slanted in their direction.
High Plains Public Radio has just enhanced the quality of life for public radio listeners — and news junkies — across our vast region.
Thank you, HPPR.