NPR Distribution has selected five recipients for scholarships to the Public Radio Engineering Conference, April 16-17, 2004 in Las Vegas. The recipients are: Nathan Chervek, student engineer, KXCV/KRNW, Maryville, Mo.; Shawna Claiborne, program and operations director, KBUT(FM), Crested Butte, Colo.; Karl Fontenot, chief engineer, KRVS(FM), Lafayette, La.; Walt Gander, operations director, WXPR Public Radio, Rhinelander, Wis.; and Burton Poley, radio production engineer, KNAU Arizona Public Radio, Flagstaff, Ariz.
The scholarship amount of up to $1,000 per person will be used to help defray the costs of PREC attendance, and will provide the recipients the opportunity to learn about HD Radio and the Public Radio Satellite System's ContentDepot, a new program delivery system meant to streamline the process of distributing and acquiring content. The recipients will also have a chance to visit the NAB 2004 exhibits.
Additional opportunities will be available throughout the year to learn more about ContentDepot and the implications for station operations. In fall 2004, as the network nears ContentDepot implementation, it plans to offer regional operations forums where operations and engineering personnel can receive hands-on training and exposure to ContentDepot technology.