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Bethel Broadcasting Receives Alerting Grant

CPB names latest public media recipients in NGWS program

An Alaska Public Media outlet is among the latest broadcasters to receive funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to upgrade equipment for emergency alerting.

KYUK(TV/AM/FM) in Bethel, Alaska, will receive up to approximately $270,000 to fund a TV encoder, UPS battery backups, gateway VPN devices and an updated DASDEC III encoder for all of its broadcast formats.

CPB awards these grants through the Next Generation Warning System grant program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The latest recipients also include Alabama Public Television and Alamo Public Telecommunications Council/KLRN(TV) in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2022, FEMA named CPB to administer the NGWS program to help public media stations “create a more resilient and secure public alerting system.” It prioritizes public media stations serving rural, tribal and underserved communities. The program funds upgrades of equipment and training, including the ability to use NextGen TV broadcast technology and digital broadcast technology for radio stations.

As we’ve reported, other public media recently received grants from $34 million in fiscal 2022 funding that CPB is awarding over two years.   

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