Rhode Island College Station To Simulcast WCRB/Boston In Deal With WGBH
June 3, 2011 at 4:20 AM (PT)
BRYANT COLLEGE noncommercial Variety WJMF/SMITHFIELD, RI will flip to a simulcast of WGBH EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION Classical WCRB (99.5 ALL CLASSICAL)/BOSTON under a new partnership deal announced THURSDAY (6/2). Under the arrangement, WJMF, which is increasing its power and installing HD RADIO capability, will move its student-run programming to the station's HD2 multicast channel and online as well as on a digital TV multicast sub-channel of PBS affiliate WGBH-TV. Students will also be offered the opportunity to work on the transition with WGBH, with the change targeted for OCTOBER.
"This is a major step in WGBH's commitment to restore a full-time classical service to audiences in our region," said WGBH COO BEN GODLEY. "We're delighted to be working with BRYANT UNIVERSITY and its students as they move from over-the-air broadcast to new and emerging digital audio services for their listeners."
"BRYANT has just taken a strategic step in a new direction with a terrific partner," said the school's President, RONALD K. MACHTLEY. "I am thrilled that this collaboration returns Classical music broadcasts to RHODE ISLAND while providing our students hands-on opportunities to master leading-edge technologies for delivery of WJMF music, sports programming and talk shows not just in NEW ENGLAND but throughout the country."
"This is a wonderful arrangement for both institutions," said WGBH VP/Radio and TV MARITA RIVERA. "It's a great fit with public media's educational mission to be working with BRYANT UNIVERSITY as we begin to realize the possibilities we imagined for 99.5 ALL CLASSICAL (WCRB) when we acquired it in late 2009."
WGBH Managing Dir./Classical Services BENJAMIN ROE added, "RHODE ISLAND classical-music audiences were among the most loyal to both WCRB and WGBH. But when WCRB's dial position shifted from 102.5 to 99.5, PROVIDENCE became one of the largest markets in the country to be without a full-time Classical 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."