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30 public radio and television stations to connect statewide


September 24, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Advancing the use of new technologies for public service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) announced Thursday a $365,000 grant for the Alaska Public Broadcasting Broadband Initiative, a project to link together 30 Alaska public radio and television stations from Ketchikan to Bethel via a high-speed data network. 

 "This project will make it possible for Alaska's stations to produce and distribute programming more efficiently, as well as offer a variety of digital services to their communities where none may currently exist," said CPB President and CEO Kathleen Cox.  "The project is a leap forward in service for the state of Alaska, its public broadcasters and citizens alike."

Connection via a broadband network will help collaborating stations create, share and distribute content more efficiently with each other, as well as with their listening and viewing audiences.  In turn, stations can realize lower costs, generate new revenue, and improve overall services to their communities.

 "For the first time, Alaska's public stations will be able to transfer audio and video files seamlessly - from anywhere in the state," said David Geesin, Deputy Director for Alaska Public Broadcasting, Inc. "This represents a tremendous savings in staff time and travel. 

As a result of this project, even the smallest of Alaska's public radio stations will get vastly improved service opportunities and program delivery options normally only enjoyed by the largest markets."

CPB, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, develops educational public radio, television and online services for the American people. The Corporation is the industry's largest single source of funds for national public television and radio program development and production. CPB, a grant making organization, also funds more than 1,000 public radio and television stations.

Public broadcasting stations participating in the Alaska Broadband Initiative:

KRBD-FM, Ketchikan

KNBA-FM, Anchorage

KSKA-FM/KAKM-TV, Anchorage

KBRW-AM, Barrow

KYUK-AM/TV, Bethel 

KCUK-FM, Chevak

KDLG-AM, Dillingham

KUAC FM/TV, Fairbanks

KZPA-AM, Fort Yukon KIYU-AM, Galena

KHNS-FM, Haines

KBBI-AM, Homer

KTOO FM/TV, Juneau

KDLL-FM, Kenai

KMXT-FM, Kodiak

KOTZ-AM, Kotzebue

KSKO-AM, McGrath

KFSK-FM, Petersburg

KUHB-FM, Saint Paul

KSDP-AM, Sand Point

KCAW-FM, Sitka

KTNA-FM, Talkeetna

KNSA-FM, Unalakleet

KIAL-AM, Unalaska

KCHU-AM, Valdez

KSTK-FM, Wrangell


Source of News Release:

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)


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