NHPR Hopes for Translator Expansion, Would Replace Three LPFMs

New Hampshire Public Radio has filed applications for six new stations.
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New Hampshire Public Radio has filed applications for six new stations.

The organization said it wants to expand its broadcast range by more than 10% and add new stations to serve 115,000 people. It seeks licenses from the FCC for stations in Holderness/Plymouth, Laconia, Peterborough, Claremont, Littleton, and Colebrook for new 200-watt translators.

It made the applications as part of the recent noncom window.

In the case of Littleton, Holderness/Plymouth and Colebrook, the proposed stations will replace existing, low-power stations. “Stations in Laconia, Claremont and Peterborough would provide NHPR service for the first time, or significantly improve existing coverage,” it stated.

In the last two years, NHPR also launched outlets in Colebrook, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Nashua.

Betsy Gardella is president/CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio; she said the state’s terrain presents “significant coverage challenges – the strength of our signal often depends on which side of the mountain you live on. People across the state have told us that they want a clear, strong signal because they rely on our programming.”

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