CPB Announces More Public Radio Stations to Receive Community Service Grant Funds in Fiscal Year 2007
- August 15, 2006
Eleven stations added under expanded initiative
Washington, D.C. -- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that eleven organizations, each representing a single public radio station, have qualified for funding in Fiscal Year 2007 through CPB's newly expanded Radio Community Service Grant program, bringing the number of organizations that will be receiving Radio CSGs to 406.
"Americans turn to public radio as a trusted source of content and services that inform, educate and entertain," said CPB President and CEO Patricia Harrison. "Through the expanded Radio CSG program, we are ensuring that the benefits of public service media are available to every citizen -- whether they live in the biggest cities or in the most remote corners of our nation."
In September 2005, CPB's Board of Directors approved several changes to the Radio CSG program, including an expansion of station eligibility for the program. Earlier this year, CPB announced its willingness to consider new applications to the Radio CSG program. The eleven organizations and their respective stations (listed below) are located in nine States (AZ, CA, CO, IL, MD, MN, MT, TX, VT). Contingent on Congressional approval of CPB's budget, it is expected that the organizations will collectively be receiving over $1,000,000 in FY 2007.
Congress appropriates approximately $400 million annually to CPB. CPB, in turn, distributes these funds in accordance with a statutory formula, under which approximately 72 percent of funds go directly to 1,150 local public television and public radio stations. The CSG program is the largest grant program, accounting for $262.8 million in FY 2006. Stations use Community Service Grants for operational expenses; the production or acquisition of local and national programming; and to strengthen local services such as outreach initiatives and educational workshops.
KCLU-FM, Thousand Oaks, CA
Licensee: California Lutheran University
KCLU broadcasts a mixture of NPR news and information programming during the day and jazz in the evening and overnight. Its signal primarily covers Ventura County, and it has a translator to the north which covers Santa Barbara. The station would become the 30th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in California.
KDUR-FM, Durango, CO
Licensee: Fort Lewis College
Licensed to the only public liberal arts college in the state, KDUR broadcasts an eclectic mix of music and locally- and nationally-produced news and information programs. It would become the 14th station to receive CPB funding in Colorado.
KRFC-FM, Fort Collins, CO
Licensee: Public Radio for the Front Range
KRFC broadcasts an eclectic mix of local music with a smattering of locally- and nationally-produced news and information programs to a population of just over 250,000. One of the youngest stations in this incoming group of 11, KRFC began broadcasting on March 1, 2003. The station would become the 15th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Colorado.
KGLT-FM, Bozeman, MT
Licensee: Board of Regents, Montana State University
KGLT broadcasts a locally-produced eclectic music mix with some national programming. In addition to its main signal in Bozeman, KGLT also operates two translators which provide service to the communities of Helena and Livingston. KGLT qualifies as a rural grantee given its population density of 11 people/sq. km. The station would become the 5th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Montana.
KMFA-FM, Austin, TX
Licensee: Capitol Broadcasting Association, Inc.
KMFA is the only station in the Austin area with a classical music format, broadcasting a mix of locally-hosted and nationally-distributed programs. The station would become the 22nd radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Texas.
KMOJ-FM, Minneapolis, MN
Licensee: Center for Communication and Development
KMOJ broadcasts a locally-produced Adult Urban Contemporary format, focusing on African-American listeners between the ages of 25 and 49. It also provides a host of regular public affairs programming to its listeners, designed to inform and educate the Black community of the Twin Cities. The station would become the 12th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Minnesota.
WTIP-FM, Grand Marais, MN
Licensee: Cook County Community Radio
WTIP broadcasts an eclectic mix of locally- and nationally-produced music and public affairs programming to the northern Minnesota communities along Lake Superior. The station would become the 13th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Minnesota.
KOHN-FM, Sells, AZ
Licensee: Tohono O'odham Nation
KOHN-FM serves the Tohono O'odham Nation, the second-largest Native reservation in Arizona after the Navajo Nation. KOHN-FM provides a general mix of music, which features Waila (or "Chicken Scratch" music), an instrumental dance music created by the Tohono O'odham people. There are also programs on the station broadcast in the Tohono native language as well as in Spanish. The station would become the 10th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Arizona.
WGDR-FM, Plainfield, VT
Licensee: Goddard College Corporation
WGDR broadcasts an eclectic "free-form" mix of music and public affairs programming to north-central Vermont, including Montpelier, the capital city. The majority of its programming is locally-produced, although WGDR does air national and international news programming from Pacifica and the BBC. The station would become the 2nd radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Vermont.
WGVV-LP, Rock Island, IL
Licensee: Quad Cities Community Broadcasting Group
WGVV was the only Low-Power FM station to apply for funding in this round. As such, it is the youngest station in this group, having begun broadcasting in October, 2004. The station provides a 24/7 Urban Contemporary music mix to the residents of the Quad Cities area (including the towns of Rock Island and Moline, IL, and Davenport and Bettendorf, IA). The station would become the 15th radio grantee to receive CPB funding in Illinois, and would qualify for minority status. This would be the first low-power FM station to receive CPB funding.
WTMD-FM, Towson, MD
Licensee: Towson University
WTMD-FM serves the greater Baltimore area with a mix of locally-hosted and nationally-distributed adult album alternative (AAA) music. The station is heavily involved in its community, sponsoring a variety of concerts each week throughout its area, and airing several live broadcasts from remote locations each month. The station would become the 6th radio grantee to receive funding in Maryland.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.