About Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio broadcasts from Marfa/Fort Davis, Texas at 93.5 FM and also in Alpine, Texas at 91.7 FM and in Marathon, Texas at 91.5 FM.

If you’re in the Permian Basin and the Midland-Odessa area, you can also tune into our sister station West Texas Public Radio on 91.3 FM.

Public Radio For Far West Texas
Our mission is to provide radio that unites the community and promotes cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, science, quality of life and the local economy.

Click here to view some press coverage about KRTS.

KRTS Board Members
Jim Byerlotzer (President)
Royce Mitchell (Treasurer)
Ginger Griffice (Secretary)
Bill Dingus
Chris Douridas
Lee Anna Good
Cory Van Dyke
Katie Ray Kucera
Liz Rogers
Barbara Fountain Love

Emeritus Board Member
Joe Duran

KRTS Staff
Elise Pepple, General Manager elise@marfapublicradio.org
Sara Melancon, Office Manager sara@marfapublicradio.org
Lorne Matalon, Fronteras Reporter lorne@marfapublicradio.org
Travis Bubenik, Morning Edition Host/Reporter travis@marfapublicradio.org
Jackson Wisdorf, All Things Considered Host jackson@marfapublicradio.org
Wesley Smith, Engineer/Operations wesley@marfapublicradio.org

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We’re Hiring!

MPR is seeking the voice for our mornings in West Texas. Our Morning Edition Host & Reporter is a person listeners trust and rely upon as a part of their daily life.

Marfa Public Radio/West Texas Public Radio is seeking a journalism-focused broadcast professional to serve as the local voice for NPR’s Morning Edition across West Texas. The host & reporter will also produce original reporting on a variety of regionally-relevant issues, will help craft the sound of the program, and will help guide the overall editorial vision of the station’s local news department. Full job description and details on how to apply here.

Internships
Marfa Public Radio is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Second Session. This is a 6-month internship running July 3 through December 22. This is a paid internship and housing is provided. The program is open to recent college graduates and other interested individuals.

Interns at Marfa Public Radio have a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in many areas of public radio operations, including audio production and engineering, broadcast announcing and reporting, non-profit development strategies, and public media content creation. Interns participate in a full-time work week, and assist with everything from basic daily operations to unique programming events, such as fundraising drives and regional news coverage.

Required Application Materials: a cover letter, a resume, and two references. Letters of recommendation are optional. Interested individuals should send application materials to sara@marfapublicradio.org.

KRTS welcomes Zoe Kurland and Travis Lux to the First Session of 2017.

The KRTS Youth Media Project

The KRTS Youth Media Project began in 2012 as an after-school storytelling intensive for students at Marfa Public Schools. Now, in 2016, it’s an in-school daily academic program. This year’s broadcasting class is led by Sally Beauvais.

Student producers pitch, write and produce their own radio stories. Since 2014, we’ve partnered with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs. The KRTS Youth Media Project believes in empowering youth to tell the stories they want to tell.

Code of Ethics
Marfa Public Radio supports the values represented by the Public Media Code of Integrity. It is a family-friendly organization that offers healthcare benefits to its employees and an environmentally-conscious workspace that encourages recycling.

Code of Diversity
Marfa Public Radio knows that a diverse workforce, management team, governing body, and Community Advisory Board contribute greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the diverse communities in West Texas, and to our ability to deliver content and services that will help us attract, grow and engage audiences and help them to achieve their full potential. We endeavor to recruit from a broad pool of candidates enabling us to hire and promote qualified candidates with a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, personal experiences and characteristics, and talents that reasonably reflect the diverse needs and interests of the communities served by KRTS and its repeaters.

Marfa Public Radio will continue to explore new opportunities for achieving and promoting this diversity and to monitor and evaluate our success. Marfa Public Radio meets the standards of federal and state law, our Equal Employment Opportunity policy, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Diversity Eligibility Criteria.

Local Content
Marfa Public Radio broadcasts public service announcements, with a specific, formal component designed to be of special service to the educational communities, to minority communities, and to diverse audiences. We broadcast community activities information and host community events that serve these communities in West Texas. We also partner with area schools and community non-profits. The radio network was founded in 2005 by Tom Michael (who served as General Manager from 2005-16); continuous broadcasting began in Fall 2007. One of the key points of local service are the News Department and the weekday talk show, West Texas Talk, which Michael launched and served as executive producer in its first decade.

KRTS Advisory Board Members
Barbara Love
Dennis McEntire
Karen Bernstein
Neil Chavigny
Patricia Golden
Tom Alex
Lynda McKnight
Carol Peterson

KRTS Volunteers
Dallas Baxter, Sally Beauvais, David Beebe, Julie Bernal, Hillie Bills, David Branch, Michael Camacho, Primo Carrasco, Dan Chamberlin, Carol Fairlie, Chris Hillen, Tim Johnson, Maiya Keck, Roseland Klein, Dave Leonnig, Ian Lewis, Billy Marginot, Joni Marginot, Bayla Metzger, Joe Nick Patoski, Rachel Monroe, Steve Rabourn, Chris Ruggia, JP Schwartz, Katherine Shaughnessy, Dan Shiman, Lana Straub, Drew Stuart, Lonn Taylor, Leslie Wilkes

Company Reports
These are the organization’s most current audited financial statements: MPR-Audit-FY-2015 and MPR_990_FY15. Here is our latest EEO document: EEO_Report_2015-16. Here are our latest reports for CPB: KRTS FSR 2015 and KXWT AFR 2015. These are the MPR Board Minutes ALL 2015 and MPR Board Minutes 2016 to date. For information on other reports, please contact the station at 432-729-4578. The next meetings of the Board of Directors are slated for Friday, August 19 and Friday, November 11.

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