WE’RE HIRING: Programming & Operations Manager

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

The Operations Manager oversees, coordinates, and administers a range of operational and administrative activities in direct support of the delivery of 24-hour radio programming by the station. They apply their know-how, commitment to community, and attention to detail to the implementation of operations and programming needs of our station.



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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant

Front Desk Administrative Assistant

Marfa Public Radio is seeking a full time front desk staff person.

Marfa Public Radio is an award-winning, non-profit, listener-supported radio station serving far West Texas. Our mission is to be a public service and a lifeline to the communities we serve. The front desk staff member is the first point of contact for visitors to the station. They perform the essential roles of welcoming guests and supporting the administrative operations of the station.


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Volunteers count up 837 votes that were left out of a previous hand recount in the Midland ISD $569 million bond initiative. ( Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

In Latest Turning Point, Judge Declares Midland ISD’s $569 Million Bond Failed.

By Mitch Borden

Midland Independent School District’s $569 million bond initiative, which would have built two new high schools, has officially failed.

After nearly three months — filled with voter distrust, election results flipping multiple times, a hand recount, and an election challenge  — a judge has finally signed an order, filed last week, declaring the bond failed.

The final results 11,826 against, 11,800 in favor.


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

No Gun Found — Midland High School’s Lockdown Ends With No Injuries And No Arrests

By Mitch Borden

Just after 3:15 pm on Thursday, Midland Independent School District received a tip that a student at Midland High School had pulled out a gun and pointed it at another student. The school was completely locked down by 3:30 pm.

Students, teachers, and faculty sat in darkened classrooms for almost an hour and a half while the police searched the campus, room by room, for the student who they believed was armed. The suspect was located just before 5 pm, but no weapon was found on their person or on the school’s campus.


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(Martin Do Nascimento / KUT)

Trump Administration Agrees To Fund Texas Health Program That Excludes Planned Parenthood

By Ashley Lopez, KUT

The Trump administration has agreed to give roughly $350 million over five years to Healthy Texas Women, a state family-planning program that excludes Planned Parenthood.


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A member of a church security team fires at a target at a shooting range in Krugerville. Various church security teams are training for active shooter situations with the National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management. (Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune)

Meet The Texas-Based Church Security Business Training Worshippers To Fight Back In Mass Shootings

By Stacy Fernández, Texas Tribune

Liberty Hill resident T.J. Wagner yelled commands at his friend James Johnson in an empty classroom at a building in North Texas earlier this month: “Face the wall! Feet apart! Hands behind your back!”

Within seconds, Wagner handcuffed Johnson, leading him out of the room with one hand gripping the metal cuffs and the other squeezing his right bicep to guide him out. Then, the two switched places and it was Johnson’s turn to detain his buddy.


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The Oak Spring pipeline that pumps water into the Chisos Basin runs through along the Window Trail, a popular hike in Big Bend National Park. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Study Considers Impacts Climate Change Might Have On Water Source In Big Bend National Park

By Carlos Morales

Officials at Big Bend National Park are weighing the impacts climate change could have on the sole source of water for the Chisos Basin lodge and camping area — one of the most popular visitor destinations within the expansive desert park.

Since the 1950s, Big Bend National Park has pumped water from the nearby Oak Spring into the Chisos Basin. But the old, leaking pipeline system used to transport the water is in need of at least $8 million worth of repairs. Before the park made the investment, however, NPS officials wanted to better understand what a changing climate would mean for the future of the water source.


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Under new city of Odessa rules, traveling dancers who want to work at Jaguars, a local strip club, will have to wait until their license is approved to start working. That can take up to 15 days. (Courtesy of Susan Elizabeth Shepard)

What’s It Like Selling Sex Appeal In The Permian Basin? Listen To Episodes 5 and 6 of Boomtown To Find Out

By Marfa Public Radio Staff

For the last several months, Marfa Public Radio has been working behind the scenes on a project that many West Texans have caught wind of by now: Texas Monthly‘s Boomtown.

The podcast, produced in partnership with Imperative Entertainment, brings listeners into the heart of America’s most productive oilfield — the Permian Basin. It explores the lives of people directly affected by the boom and bust cycles that have defined the the region for nearly a century, from roughnecks and executives, to barbers, waitresses, and sex workers.


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WE’RE HIRING: Programming & Operations Manager

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media serves a critical role in our region.

The Operations Manager oversees, coordinates, and administers a range of operational and administrative activities in direct support of the delivery of 24-hour radio programming by the station. They apply their know-how, commitment to community, and attention to detail to the implementation of operations and programming needs of our station.


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Job Posting: Administrative Assistant

Front Desk Administrative Assistant

Marfa Public Radio is seeking a full time front desk staff person.

Marfa Public Radio is an award-winning, non-profit, listener-supported radio station serving far West Texas. Our mission is to be a public service and a lifeline to the communities we serve. The front desk staff member is the first point of contact for visitors to the station. They perform the essential roles of welcoming guests and supporting the administrative operations of the station.

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Fri. Jan 24 Interview: Marilu Hastings and Dr. Michael Young on Respect Big Bend; Space Reporter Brendan Byrne on Blue Origin in West TX

Marilu Hastings and Dr. Michael Young (Courtesy of)

Marilu Hastings and Dr. Michael Young

Diana Nguyen talks to Marilu Hastings and Dr. Michael Young about Respect Big Bend.
Their coalition’s mission is to empower stakeholders to conserve the unique resources of the Big Bend while developing energy responsibly.

Marilu Hastings is the vice president of sustainability programs for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation — the primary funder of the Respect Big Bend initiative.

Dr. Michael Young is a scientist with the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT Austin. He’s been working with a team to study energy projections in Far West Texas.

They discuss Hastings’ impetus for helping start the initiative and the findings from Dr. Young’s research.


New Shepard lifts off on its 12th mission on December 11, 2019. (Courtesy of Blue Origin)

Brendan Byrne

Nguyen talks to Brendan Byrne — a reporter for NPR member station WMFE in Orlando. He covers all things space and is the host of “Are We There Yet?”, a podcast about space exploration.

They discuss Blue Origin’s mysterious operations in West Texas.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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At Muleshoe Refuge, Sandhill Cranes Are the Sound of a Prairie Sanctuary

Their cries are one of North America’s most stirring sounds – a potent reminder of enduring wildness. A half million sandhill cranes migrate via West Texas each year, some from as far as Siberia. They’re lesser sandhill cranes, but “lesser” … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 am and 4:45 pm.
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Watch Senate Impeachment Trial Live

By NPR

The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

Watch the proceedings live:

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Marfa Public Radio Off-air from 12 am to 3 am 1/20

The station was just alerted that Big Bend Telephone will be doing maintenance tonight from 12 am to 3 am. The station uses BBT internet to broadcast on all frequencies, which means we will be off-air during these hours.

Big Bend Telephone users in Marfa will not have internet during these hours.

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After Election Roller Coaster, Midland ISD’s $569M Bond Fails

By Mitch Borden

Inside the Midland County Annex, volunteers huddled around two small tables to count hundreds of votes found in a missing ballot box with from the Nov. 5 Midland Independent School District election.

By the end of Friday’s two-hour count, it was finally clear: the district’s $569 million bond initiative failed by 26 votes — 11,826 against and 11,800 in favor. 

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