The Provincetown, MA, community station has received a welcome boost as it continues to carry out upgrades. The money — in the form of a Mass Cultural Council grant — is a very healthy $95,000. It will help the station reach its capital campaign goal of $300,00 which addresses three phases of upgrades. These include the installation of a generator at the Provincetown transmitter site (Phase 1) and an upgraded studio-to-transmitter link (Phase 2), both of which are nearly completed. The new injection of funds will mean the station can embark on, and complete, Phase 3 which is a long-awaited studio equipment upgrade.
“I couldn’t be more pleased or more grateful,” said John Braden, WOMR’s Executive Director. “The support we’ve received, starting with a hundred-percent buy-in from our amazing board, and flowing out through volunteers, listeners, and organizations, has been remarkable. I’d like to especially thank the Mass Cultural Council, of course, and also the Kelley Foundation, Cape Air, Seamen’s Bank, our generous supporters, and everyone who has worked in one way or another to make this dream a reality. It’s become clear through this campaign that community radio is important to — and supported by — the community.”
At present, 95% of WOMR’s programming is produced in-house by more than 100 local volunteers who have been struggling with outdated and aging equipment that has been increasingly subject to failure. The new equipment will be fully digital and Internet-based.