LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

Dick Wright

In 2005, Kansas Public Radio founded the Dick Wright Legacy Society in an effort to honor the memory of one of the radio station's finest.

Dick Wright began his career at KANU in 1956 as the music librarian and as a jazz specialist. He helped give direction and form to the KANU record collections, cementing KANU's spot as a nationally-known source for great jazz programming.

In 1961, Dick was named KANU station manager. Dick gave up the station manager's reins in 1977, but continued to do his popular Saturday show, The Jazz Scene. He emceed countless jazz concerts throughout the Midwest, was an accomplished jazz and opera singer and taught jazz history courses at the University of Kansas.

His personal library of jazz recordings was, in itself, legendary. The owner of tens of thousands of albums, he donated 20,000 recordings to KU for the start of its Jazz Archives.

When Dick died in 1999, he left behind family, friends, colleagues and listeners who remember his easy laugh, his tremendous knowledge and his generous heart.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)