Dec 5, 2011

NET starting classical radio programming partnership with KVNO soon

NET (Nebraska Educational Telecommunications) is exploring a partnership with KVNO/Classical 90.7 at University of Nebraska at Omaha, reports the Lincoln Journal-Star. "This is not a wholesale swap or merger here," NET General Manager Rod Bates told the paper. "That would be too dramatic. We're trying to build a relationship."

First up is a programming collaboration. Afternoon Concerts and Classics by Request, both hosted by NET Radio personality Lora Black, will be simulcast on NET Radio and KVNO beginning early next year. KVNO will then provide NET Radio with its overnight classical music production; NET Radio currently subscribes to a service for overnight shows.

Bates said NET Radio and KVNO are assembling a committee to study the cooperative plan. "If this works, I could see us doing more things in the future," Bates said. He and university chancellor John Christensen hope the collaboration leads to reductions in programming costs and increases in fundraising revenue for both stations.

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