Jan 23, 2012

Kentucky newspapers piloting a project to supply content to pubradio stations

The Kentucky Press Association's News Content Service, which shares stories across dozens of newspapers, is starting a pilot program to supply the state's public radio stations. WEKU at Eastern Kentucky University and WNKU at Northern Kentucky University have signed on. "It's a way for us to extend the really great work that journalists are already doing around the state," Roger Duvall, g.m. at WEKU, told the Herald-Leader in Lexington. Greer added that "we know there's interest" in the project among the other five public radio stations in Kentucky. So far, 23 of the 62 newspapers contributing their reporting to the News Content Service have agreed to allow pubradio stations to use their work, Greer said.

Marfa Public Radio pushing ahead with KOCV work

Marfa Public Radio General Manager Tom Michael told the Odessa (Texas) American that he hopes to re-launch public radio in Midland and Odessa by spring. In December 2011, Marfa finalized its purchase of KOCV-FM radio from Odessa College for $150,000 and another $150,000 in sponsorships over 10 years (background, Current, Aug. 8, 2011). Michael said the tower will be moved from the college campus to Gardendale, to bring back listeners who have seen the signal fade since the 1980s. "We’ve begun the construction phase of the project,” he said. “It took us a lot to get to this stage and I’m looking forward to get this up and running.” For now, the station will be operated out of Marfa but localized to Midland and Odessa. The station also will hire one full-time development manager and a part-time operations staffer.

MPTV and Friends group officially merge

Milwaukee Public Television and MPTV Friends, which had previously operated as two independent organizations, have merged, the groups announced Monday (Jan. 23) in a press release. Under the agreement, Friends will phase out operations in 2012, and many of its employees will join the MPTV staff  to continue coordinating fundraising events including the popular Great TV Auction. “We’ve always shared the goal of bringing the community the best in public television programming," said station G.M. Ellis Bromberg in the statement. "This agreement strengthens our relationship and makes our stations even better by allowing us to devote more resources to present new and exciting entertainment and educational offerings." Merger talks began earlier last year.