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December Is Target for New NHPR Facility in Concord

$5.1 million has been raised to date.

Construction is underway for a broadcast facility in Concord, N.H., for New Hampshire Public Radio.

A new broadcast center will double its current 10,000 square feet on North Main Street in Concord.

The construction contract was won by North Branch Construction. The job is expected to take six months, with a December move in.

The new site is at 2 Pillsbury Street; the project is benefiting from a $6.5 million capital campaign. So far Betsy Gardella and the rest of her organization have raised $5.1 million. We reported plans for the project here earlier.

NHPR has 11 full-power stations and translators.

The facility will house up to 60 staff and distribute programs to its network of transmitters and satellite uplinks. Gardella, the president/CEO, says the broadcast center will upgrade old studio and production facilities and allow the station to remain competitive. The project also includes office space and a large “community forum” where shows will be broadcast with studio audiences and where events can be held. A “sound bank” of programs for on-demand and online distribution is part of the project.

Lincoln Financial Group Foundation is among the contributors of “cornerstone gifts.”