About Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio is an award-winning, non-profit, listener-supported radio station serving far West Texas. We broadcast at KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa and Fort Davis, KRTP 91.7 FM Alpine, 91.5 FM KDKY Marathon, 95.3 KOJP Presidio, and 91.3 FM KXWT Midland-Odessa.

Award Winning Public Radio
Marfa Public Radio is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards. The station has received 54 Regional Murrow Awards since it began entering the competition in 2012. Most recently, the station won 10 Regional Murrow awards in 2019 reporting, as well as 3 National Murrow Awards in addition to 7 Regional Murrow awards for its reporting in 2018, (the most of any small station in the country) and 2 PRNDI awards for its reporting in 2019.

Our Mission
Our mission is to be a public service and a lifeline for our community, to unify and promote cultural enrichment through presentation and focus on the importance of art, education, science, quality of life and the local economy.

About KXWT
Marfa Public Radio began broadcasting in Midland and Odessa in 2012. In early 2011, Odessa College said it was unable to continue supporting KOCV. Marfa Public Radio purchased the station and relaunched public radio in the Permian Basin in 2012 at 91.3 FM as West Texas Public Radio. In October 2018, the West Texas Public Radio brand was merged into the Marfa Public Radio brand. The full KXWT program schedule can be found here.

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Fall membership drive block party in 2018 (Sarah Vasquez)

Marfa Public Radio Staff
Elise Pepple – General Manager elise@marfapublicradio.org
Lisa Kettyle – Chief Operating Officer lisa@marfapublicradio.org
Hannah Siegel-Gardner – Development Director hannah@marfapublicradio.org
Carlos Morales – Morning Edition Host/Reporter carlos@marfapublicradio.org
Mitchell Borden – Reporter mitch@marfapublicradio.org
Jacob Rockey – Operations and Programming Manager jacob@marfapublicradio.org
Ari Snider – Morning Edition Host and Digital Journalist ari@marfapublicradio.org
Larissa Weaverling – Administrative Assistant larissa@marfapublicradio.org

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Company Reports
These are the organization’s most current audited financial statements: MPR 2017 Audit. Here is our latest EEO Annual Public Report 2018-2019 (1).
Here are our latest reports for CPB: MPR FY 2018 Form 990 and KXWT FSR 2018. You can find the 2018 MPR board minutes here: 2018 Board Minutes. Board meetings are open to the public.
The next meeting of the Board of Directors is Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 10 am at Marfa Public Radio – 106 E. San Antonio St., Marfa, TX 79843.

For information on other reports, please contact the station at 432-729-4578.

Marfa Public Radio 2019 Board Members

Christian Patry, President
Liz Rogers, Vice President 
Jeremy Steele, Treasurer
Woody Leverett
Shane O’Neal
Sam Wynne
John McLaughlin
Dan Eck
Karmen Bryant
Jeff Pope
Bill Dingus (Emeritus)

Marfa Public Radio Community Advisory Board Members
Oscar N Aguero
Jack Blake
Dan Eck
Annabelle Gardaphe
Randy Ham
Jason Lagapa
Shelby Landgraf
Jenny Moore
Eileen Piwetz
Katie Ray
Glenn Rogers
Laura Thoms
Meghan Wilde

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, KXWT, 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; continuous broadcasting began in Fall 2007. One of the key points of local service is the News Department and the weekly talk show, West Texas Talk.

Marfa Public Radio is not currently accepting applications for internships.

Marfa Public Radio DJs in action

Marfa Public Radio Volunteers
Dallas Baxter, David Beebe, Julie Bernal, David Branch, Michael Camacho, Gabriela Carballo, Primo Carrasco, Dan Chamberlin, Laurel Coniglio, Anthony DeSimone, Charlie Ewing, Carol Fairlie, Chris Gonzales, Tilley Hawk, Nick Hurt, Tim Johnson, Lisa Kettyle, Roseland Klein, Ian Lewis, Billy Marginot, Joni Marginot, Joe Nick Patoski, Natalie Melendez, Rachel Monroe, Chris Ruggia, JP Schwartz, Dan Shiman and Drew Stuart.

Our web site was designed and built by Vast Graphics (Alpine, TX) using some identity materials originally created by Milkshake Media (Austin, TX).