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Grant moves WUTC toward digital broadcasting

WUTC, FM-88.1, a National Public Radio Member Station located on the UTC campus, has begun working with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to build the first fully digital radio broadcasting station in the Chattanooga market.

With the support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a grant of $64,308 will be used to launch the pristine, CD-quality radio sound that will soon be available.

“We are excited to receive this grant, and we are hoping that the community will assist us as we endeavor to find the matching funds,” said Dr. John McCormack, Station Manager. “Our listeners will have the options of listening to analog broadcasts on their existing receiver, listening through a digital audio broadcast, or accessing the station through the Internet.”

HD radio is a new technology that allows FM radio stations to transmit digital messages. The radio station is installing this new digital transmission system, with an overall plan to include a digital production room and a digital control room, becoming the first in the region to hear digital broadcasts.

The HD Radio Circle encourages contributions of $1,200 or more annually. Those who give at least $100 a month for one year will be given a digital receiver.

Learn the benefits of becoming a digital donor by contacting Robin Higgins of Membership Services, or call (423)425-2377 or (423)425-4756.

August 8, 2005

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