July 12, 2010
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Rural Listener Access Incentive Fund (RLAIF) awarded WRVS-FM, 89.9 a $29,250 grant. According to Mrs. Melba Smith, director of Radio and Television Services, the grant allows WRVS to meet its goal of offering programming 24 hours a day. This grant also gives the staff more flexibility in the way they receive and store programs and other information.
"This automation system allows us to provide our weekend and overnight listeners with the music, news and public affairs programs that our daytime, afternoon, and evening listeners hear," Smith said. "The automation investment allows the station to broadcast informative programming for our listeners without the expense of hiring live staff. For a university, public radio station, saving operating expenses is very important."
Staff at WRVS will now prepare for expenses related to their recent conversion to HD TM Technology. WRVS staff also plan to upgrade its automation system to the AudioVAULT FleX system which accommodates HD Radio multicast channels and internet initiatives. AudioVAULT FleX can also automatically share data and audio via the internet, play customized commercial loads when simulcasting programming on-line, handle syndicated programming with ease, and allow the station to adapt to other necessary applications.
"We are broadcasting in analog and in HD, so our listeners can hear shows such the "PM Cruise with Greg Sampson" better than ever. HD enhances the sound for our listeners. These are the type advances listeners expect today whether they tune in by radio or Internet," Smith said.
Photo caption: The grant enhances the sound of WRVS's audio for programs such as the "PM Cruise with Greg Sampson."