CPB Awards More Emergency Grants to Public Media Stations for Hurricane Relief

Sep 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 15, 2017) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced additional emergency grants to include public radio and television stations damaged by Hurricane Irma.

The newest grants following Hurricane Irma include:

  • WGCU-TV/FM, Fort Myers, FL, $60,000
  • WJCT-TV/FM, Jacksonville, FL, $60,000
  • WUFT-TV/FM, Gainesville, FL, $60,000
  • WPBT-TV, Miami, FL, $30,000
  • WDNA-FM, Miami, FL, $30,000
  • WLRN-TV/FM, Miami, FL, $60,000
  • WIPR-TV/FM, San Juan, PR, $60,000
  • WRTU-FM, San Juan, PR, $30,000
  • WMTJ-TV, Rio Piedras, PR, $30,000
  • WTJX-TV, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, $30,000

These grants, like those provided to public media stations affected by Hurricane Harvey, will help stations address increased operating costs due to the extraordinary storm damage and allow them to continue to provide essential news and information to their communities.

WTJX, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
The studio of public television station WTJX in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy of WTJX.

“Public media stations demonstrated their vital role keeping their communities informed as our country faced back-to-back hurricanes of epic proportions,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “CPB is making these emergency grants to support stations’ immediate needs and is making a long-term commitment to their ability to serve their communities throughout the recovery.”

CPB has provided $630,000 in initial emergency grants to 14 radio and television stations serving communities suffering major damages due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Previously announced station grants following Hurricane Harvey include:

  • KEDT-TV/FM, Corpus Christi, TX, $60,000
  • KUHT-TV/KUHF-FM, Houston, TX, $60,000
  • KTSU-FM, Houston, TX, $30,000
  • KVLU-FM, Beaumont, TX, $30,000

Public media stations along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast worked around-the-clock to provide official forecast information and ongoing updates from state and local authorities. Aside from keeping their communities up-to-date, public media stations collaborated with first responders, NPR and PBS, and commercial media to provide essential public services. This included a free mobile app with geotargeted information through the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network; studio space provided by Houston Public Media for KHOU, when the CBS-TV affiliate studio was flooded during Hurricane Harvey; and Georgia Public Broadcasting serving as a backup facility for The Weather Channel.

Note: This press release was updated at 12:50 pm on September 15, 2017. 


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