Apr 24, 2006

CPB has issued a Request for Proposals for a study that will analyze coverage and interference issues related to HD Radio. "CPB is concerned with the disenfranchisement of listeners due to the loss of services public radio currently provides to them and the underperformance or lack of HD service (i.e., technical availability) when the conversion of public radio stations to HD is complete," the RFP says.
National pubcasting orgs launched a website earlier this month designed to generate grassroots support as the system tries to stave off proposed federal funding cuts, reports the New York Times. In its first week, the website,, generated "a couple thousand" e-mail messages to Congress from 39 states, said Mike Riksen, NPR's v.p. for government relations.
Todd Mundt reviews Gather and Public Action, two public radio web services that aim to bring listeners together and solicit content from them. One comment: "In talking to some people in pubradio about Gather I’ve consistently heard two things: it doesn’t feel like public radio; and a lot of the stuff that users submit isn’t that good." (Coverage in Current, April 2006 and September 2005.)
Koahnic Broadcast Corp. in Anchorage, Alaska, has received CPB funding to handle program distribution for public radio's Native stations (press release, PDF). Native American Public Telecommunications in Lincoln, Neb., has until now served as the primary distributor of Native programming.