Cape Cod’s only community radio station, WOMR, will be able to move forward with its capital campaign improvements, thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Phase One of the campaign, the installation of a generator at the Provincetown transmitter site, and Phase Two, an upgraded studio-to-transmitter link, are nearly completed. A significant grant from the Mass. Cultural Council along with other grants and a plethora of individual contributions, will enable WOMR to complete Phase Three, the long-awaited studio equipment upgrade.
95% of WOMR’s programming is produced inhouse by over 75 local volunteers who have been struggling with outdated and aging equipment that has been increasingly subject to failure.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.
“I couldn’t be more pleased or more grateful,” says 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, Bill & Barb, Susan & Phil, 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.”
The campaign to modernize, upgrade, and replace the broadcasting infrastructure was created in accordance with Goal #5 of the station’s 2017-2021 strategic plan, ensuring state-of-the-art technology and a broadcasting infrastructure.
“That’s the first step,” says Matthew Dunn, operations manager at the station. “With the successful completion of the broadcast equipment capital campaign, we’re set to start construction of the new studio in the fall. We can’t wait for the improved sound quality and the more sophisticated and user-friendly equipment. The addition of mobile broadcasting equipment will allow us to represent our community at live events across the Cape and improve access for those who want to get on the air.”