UPR Station News

Utah Man "Scares" Children Into The Christmas Spirit

Dec 24, 2014
Melissa Allison

With the snow finally falling and Christmas in our midst, it isn’t Santa Clause that has children clamoring, its the Grinch.

Scotty Stevens is a voice-actor in Logan and has been visiting children in schools and hospitals since 2007.

“I did a little party at my place of employment,” Stevens said. “And I heard Santa was coming and I said, ‘You know what, why don’t I put a little offer on the table?’ So I offered the Grinch and, 'BLING, BLANG, BLAM!' the Grinch was throwing a party.”

Stevens, or as he likes to be called, the Grinch, volunteers his time to schools and hospitals one day a year during the “Grinch Season.”

Playing the Grinch for children has not extinguished his, shall we say, flirty side.

“What would people be surprised to know?” Allison asked.

Lucy Watkins / Utah Public Radio

Submit your design for the third-annual UPR art mug contest!

Utah Public Radio is seeking submissions of artwork from our creative listeners for the station's third-annual mug design contest.

It is your support that makes what we do possible, and we want you to share your view of UPR and Utah with our members. The winning design will be showcased on a limited edition UPR coffee mug.

Business Officer 1 Position Open Now

Dec 18, 2014

Utah Public Radio is seeking a Business Officer to process all of the financial activities for Utah Public Radio. This position will serve as the Business Manager for the station, responsible for all financial and HR operations. This position reports directly to UPR's general manager and will interact with UPR staff, CHaSS staff, and Utah State University Controller and Development Offices. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Serves as custodian of all funds. Exercises responsibility and accountability for all money received and disbursed. Maintains accurate records for all revenues received and the source of those revenues. Ensures the proper expenditure and disbursement of funds in accordance with GASB's accounting principles.
  2. Prepares financial reports for the station in accordance with USU policy and FCC guidelines.
  3. Uses uniform budgeting, accounting, and auditing procedures approved by GASB. Prepares annual operating budget for the station. Performs monthly reconciliation of accounts. Prepares monthly status reports of budget performance in relation to station goals.
  4. Analyzes budget and performs cost accounting by function and/or project.
  5. Prepares financial records for independent annual audit and CPB grant submission.
  6. Responsible to CHaSS and Business Services for matters dealing with compliance to USU policy as they pertain to HR and Finance.
  7. Works with auditor to assure compliance with annual audit procedures.
  8. Oversees HR and payroll functions within the department.
  9. Ensures accurate financial administration of grants.
  10. Ensures that adequate internal controls are employed to safeguard the station's funds.
  11. Conducts periodic training sessions to help staff understand fiscal policies and procedures.
  12. Supervises the purchase of all supplies, materials, and equipment in accordance with federal, state, and USU purchasing guidelines.
  13. Acts as PCard manager; oversees procurement of supplies, materials, and services in accordance with USU policy.
  14. Ensures that a current inventory of the station's property and assets is maintained.
  15. Must successfully pass background check required by state law. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or business related field OR Associate Degree or certificate in accounting plus 4 or more year's related work experience.
  2. 2 years full-time experience in accounting/bookkeeping with demonstrated skills: closing books, reconciling accounts and balances, drafting financial statements, preparation of audits and reports, and use of spreadsheet and word processing programs. Excel and Word are required.
  3. Demonstrate strong communications, team building, problem-solving skills and proven ability to work independently and in collaboration with others.
  4. Proficiency in the use of electronic work environments.
  5. Ability to take initiative and maintain confidentiality.
  6. Excellent organizational skills, integrity, honesty, strong work ethic.
  7. Ability to clearly communicate financial information accurately. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Expertise with USU Banner System and operations.
  2. Experience in the public broadcasting industry.
  3. Knowledge of public radio programming. 

Apply now.

Below is a partial list of bookstores across Utah that may be able to acquire or sell books from NPR Morning Edition's Book Club to those who want to follow along with the "UPR Chapter."

If you are a bookseller with the current book and would like to be included on this list, please email April Ashland.

Salt Lake City:

This season, give the gift that lasts year-round -- public radio programming. Make a contribution or surprise a friend or loved one with a membership this holiday season starting at $35. Your financial pledge in any amount supports the future of UPR.

Joe Palca
NPR

Thanks to tremendous response, seating is full for the benefit dinner featuring NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca. We are keeping a waiting list by date and time of request. Please complete the Reservation Waiting List if you would still like to purchase tickets. As reservations are released, you will be notified when your name is next.

Dinner at Herm's Inn, 1435 Canyon Road in Logan, Thursday, November 13 at 6pm.

Tickets are $50/ person. A special menu will be released at a later date and include a vegetarian option.

Utah Public Radio took home six awards at the Utah Broadcasters Association annual awards event this week.

  • GOLD: Best News Reporting in a Series: Five Billion Gallons by Jennifer Pemberton & Matt Jensen
  • SILVER: Best News Reporting in a Series: My Address Is... by April Ashland, Eric Jungblut, Matt Jensen, Taylor Halversen, Morgan Pratt, Elaine Taylor
Joe Palca
NPR

Thanks to tremendous response, seating is almost full for the benefit dinner featuring NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca. To make sure you have reserved your seats, make your reservation here.

Dinner at Herm's Inn, 1435 Canyon Road in Logan, Thursday, November 13 at 6pm.

Tickets are $50/ person. A special menu will be released at a later date and include a vegetarian option.

>>Click Here to Reserve Dinner Tickets<<

Our Fall Membership Drive continues. Help us reach our fall fundraising goal. There's only $13,177 left to help pay for your UPR programs. We reached our goal of 100 new members. Don't wait; make a difference now by making a financial pledge.

>>BECOME A SUSTAINING MEMBER<<

OR

>>MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION<<

GREEN VALLEY BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA PACKAGES:
Spa Getaway #1
    Randy Williams, North Logan

Spa Getaway #2
    Sharon Pelphrey, Price

Utah Public Radio is looking for volunteers to help us as we continue our fund drive Sept. 30- Oct. 1, or until we raise $22,000 more.  To volunteer, sign up in the appropriate time slot here.

<<Click to Volunteer>>

Fill out the online form today, and be entered into the drawing for a 3-day, 2-night stay at Green Valley Boutique Hotel & Spa in St. George. Included in the package are spa treatments and all meals. This package is valued at $1,600.

This week, we'd like you to come home to UPR - whether you travel far or stay close to home, you just have to turn on the radio, click a mouse, or listen on your phone.

>>BECOME A SUSTAINING MEMBER<<

OR

>>MAKE A ONE-TIME DONATION<<

Your membership sustains local commentaries, Wild About Utah and Beehive Archive. When you find yourself on the road, traveling abroad or needing a community connection, there's no place like home. You're home, Utah Public Radio.

UPR Streamer Fixed

Sep 5, 2014

UPR's streamer has been fixed. Our engineer Friend Weller has been working with IT super-man Ken Andersen on the project for the last few days, and it is now up and running. Thank you for your patience.

TGIF.  

New General Manager Peg Arnold Now At UPR

Aug 22, 2014

Dean John Allen of Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences named Peg Arnold the new general manager of Utah Public Radio. Along with her duties as head of the campus National Public Radio affiliate, Arnold also will serve as a faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Communication.

Paula Poundstone

You hear Paula Poundstone as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! Now you can see her live!

MEET PAULA POUNDSTONE

Join UPR for an evening of comedy and a private reception with Paula on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Ellen Eccles Theatre in Logan.

While available, UPR has 10 packages which include:

Gran Fondo Bike Ride

Jul 7, 2014

Join Utah Public Radio and Logan Regional Hospital in raising funds for breast cancer screenings in Cache Valley.

Cache Gran Fondo – Saturday, July 12 - Logan

Expo and Outdoor Show - Downtown Logan

Friday, July 11 – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday, July 12 – 6 am (race start) to 4 pm

Thank You Angie's And UPR Community!

Jul 3, 2014
Kerry Bringhurst / Utah Public Radio

Thank you to Angie's Restaurant for hosting and helping UPR raise $1,000! And thanks to each of you who attended the benefit dinner. It was lots of fun to share time together. We appreciate your support. Click "read more" to see UPR pictures from Angie's.

White penstemon
Wikipedia

UPR's Bryan Earl is the host of the Zesty Garden, a weekly garden show that reaches statewide. He will be the keynote speaker at this years' Penstemon Festival in Richfield, Utah.

The festival celebrates Utah's natural beauty, with events Friday and Saturday June 20-21. The festival includes speakers, a plant sale, vendor booths, a potluck dinner on Friday, and a wildflower hike Saturday morning.

Friday, June 20th:

kids in studio
April Ashland / Utah Public Radio

Sound Beginnings at Utah State University is an early education program that provides home and center-based services to children with hearing loss whose families want their children to learn to listen and talk.

About 80 children signed up this year, and they came to the UPR studios. You can listen to their team chants below:

Utah Public Radio must raise $25,000 to replace two essential pieces of equipment before we wrap up the fiscal year on June 30th: KUSR’s transmitter and an equipment cooling unit. Make a special gift in support of our Technology Fund Drive today! Make a gift right now by clicking here.

In 1998, UPR installed the KUSR transmitter, which now needs to be updated. Much like phones, computers, and boomboxes (sorry, walkmans...er...CD players... mp3 players) needed to be updated, so does our technology. We need a new transmitter to stay up-to-date and on-air. The cost is $19,000. The one we have is on its last leg.

>>DONATE NOW<<

UPR Wins 2013 Associated Press Awards

Apr 28, 2014
APTRA new trophy
APTRA

Utah Public Radio is pleased to be among the winners of the Associated Press Television and Radio Association 2013 awards for excellence in broadcast journalism.

KUSU-FM received two awards in the annual competition that brings together TV and radio journalism from across the western United States.

Oil and gas industries have been rising in the United States. Employment in the oil and gas industry has increased by 40 percent in the past seven years. That has led to dramatic growth in many regions around the country. Duchesne County in Utah, for example, is the second fastest growing county (compared to counties of similar size) in the United States. Utah Public Radio wants to hear about how you're experiencing the boom in your part of the country.

Has it affected your community positively or negatively? Do you or someone you know commute long distances for oil or gas jobs? Are you noticing more people coming to your town?

Click here to share your story.

CHOCOLATE
Box of Gourmet Chocolates from Chocolot Artisan Confections
     April Conner, Paradise
     Jessie Cammack, St. George
     Carolyn Brittain, Providence
     Chad Hamblin, Roosevelt
     Byron Sessions, Hyde Park

TICKETS

Garrison Keillor, 1 pair of tickets, April 3 Performance, Park City
     Jeneile Tams, Paradise

Ira Glass, 1 pair of tickets, April 12 Performance, Salt Lake City
     Cindy Perry, Vernal

Interns are the Future
Elisabeth Gee / Utah Public Radio

Kerry Bringhurst is the interim station manager and news director at Utah Public Radio. 

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