We’ve heard discussion, on and off, about making sure public television stations are not left behind on 2/17/09 due to lack of funding for a new digital plant. Now the two US senators from New Jersey are putting CPB’s money where their mouths are for public radio. In fact, nine noncommercial stations will be splitting 460K to go digital.
"As local stations continue the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, these grants are an important step to help them get the job done," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). "This funding will help our public radio stations convert to digital broadcasting and will significantly improve the quality of their broadcasts." Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) added, "This investment will help usher the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, increase the sound quality for all listeners, and show our commitment to public radio’s future."
CPB is sending amounts ranging from 37.3K to 66.5K to seven operating stations and two CPs. The up and running FMs are in Bridgeton, Manahawkin, Atlantic City, Sussex, Berlin, Trenton, and Cape May Courthouse. The CPs are earmarked for Toms River and Netcong.
RBR/TVBR observation: Now all the good senators need to do is send an HD receiver to all of their constituents.