School Considers Plan To Let OPB Run KMHD
March 25, 2009 at 5:32 AM (PT)
MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE is considering a proposal to turn operation of noncommercial Jazz KMHD/GRESHAM-PORTLAND, OR over to OREGON PUBLIC BROADCASTING. The OREGONIAN reports that the proposal will be heard at the school's APRIL 8th board meeting, with a decision expected by MAY 13th and the changeover effective JULY 1st if passed. OPB would produce the station's programming, which would continue in the Jazz format, from its PORTLAND studios, and the school would continue as licensee.
MHCC Pres. JOHN K. "SKI" SYGIELSKI said "This partnership would give KMHD the best opportunity to thrive in the future."
"OPB’s intention is to continue to operate KMHD as a Jazz station. With a current audience of about 100,000 listeners, we believe that the station can attract an even wider audience through increased promotion and higher visibility to OPB’s 1.5 million viewers and listeners,"" said OPB Pres./CEO STEVE BASS.
"At this time, we expect to receive at least $4 million less from the state in 2009-10, with further cuts anticipated beyond next year, so transferring KMHD’s operations to OPB is one of the areas where we can reduce costs without compromising a music institution that is important to the College and the community," added SYGIELSKI. "I see this proposed partnership with OPB as providing significant benefits to MT. HOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE in terms of increased visibility and internship opportunities for College students, while allowing us to redirect scarce resources into our academic programs."