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CPB Awards IBOC Grants to 85 Pubcasters

CPB Awards IBOC Grants to 85 Pubcasters

More noncommercial stations can now buy HD Radio equipment.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting said that a total of $7.74 million in grants has been awarded to 85 noncoms to help those stations convert to IBOC. The total includes 49 stations that serve rural and minority audiences.
“Public radio must be equipped to participate fully in the digital revolution,” stated CPB President/CEO Patricia Harrison. “Building on support from Congress, state governments and local communities, these critical grants will help ensure the success of public radio’s digital transition and new and better radio broadcast service for the communities these stations are connected to.”
The grants are the latest in a series. Since 2002, CPB has distributed digital transition grants to 540 public radio and 324 public TV stations.
These conversion grants are funded through $220 million Congress has provided to CPB.