Boston pubcaster WGBH will extend its classical music service into Rhode Island through simulcasts on Bryant University's student-operated radio station WJMF in Smithfield. The programming partnership, announced yesterday, includes a power-boost to WJMF's 225-watt signal; the migration of student-programmed broadcasts to HD Radio, mobile DTV, and smartphone platforms; and a summer internship program for Bryant students.
WGBH Radio's 2009 signal expansion -- the complex acquisition and signal-swap that converted commercial classical WCRB 102.5 FM into 99.5 All Classical, a WGBH-owned and operated noncommercial outlet with a much smaller service area -- left classical-music audiences in Providence, R.I., without a full-time music station. "We are absolutely delighted to be returning to an area with so much vibrant cultural activity, and look forward to sharing it with the rest of the region," said Benjamin Roe, WGBH managing director for classical services.
Student broadcasters at WJMF aren't objecting to the deal, according to the station website. In addition to offering their station on new platforms, the deal provides for a 1200-watt signal carrying WJMF's HD Radio channel into Providence.