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ClassicalNH: New Hampshire Public Radio announces collaboration to provide classical music service

Concord, NH- NHPR announced today that it will team up with Highland Community Broadcasting to make classical music more readily available around the Granite State effective February 20, 2012. The new collaboration allows an expansion of services in the Capital Region and enables both organizations to take advantage of new technologies now available on HD radio and online.

The service, called ClassicalNH, will be transmitted by WCNH Concord 91.5, WEVO Concord 89.1 HD2 as well as online at www.classicalnh.org. A NHPR partnership will further provide new equipment, engineering support and administrative resources to extend the WCNH classical music experience to Granite Staters beyond Concord. Additional distribution channels will provide listeners with access to a newly implemented 24-hour music service.

“Our listeners have asked for more musical offerings. Now, with new technologies, we can bring them the works Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mahler, Rodrigo and other great composers using HD technology and online streaming. This will open the world of classical music to new audiences, and bring a new channel of culture to our state.” Says NHPR President & CEO Betsy Gardella, “And this partnership continues NHPR practice of joining forces with other New Hampshire-based organizations to expand and enhance service to the state.”

Long-time Highland’s general manager, Harry Kozlowski, will continue to coordinate and host programming from the of the state-of-the-art studios at NHPR’s broadcast headquarters on Pillsbury Street in Concord.  Kozlowski says of the partnership, “The collaboration with NHPR will allow for the expansion of classical music service to the Capital Region, furthering the mission of Highland Community Broadcasting.” Kozlowski’s work will be supported by NHPR’s programming team, and he will be assisted by NHPR extensive operations, production and engineering teams.   

NHPR will facilitate underwriting and membership programs for ClassicalNH. For information on these programs contact Alexandra Urbanowski, VP for Development & Marketing at AUrbanowski@nhpr.org.

About NHPR

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is to help create a more informed pubic, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national and world events. NHPR is broadcast from 13 different sites, making it New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage. Each day NHPR delivers several hours of local news reported by NHPR’s award-winning News Department, locally produced shows such as The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show and Something Wild,  and national and world news from NPR and the BBC. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcast national weekly programs such as Car Talk, Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and This American Life.

About Highland Community Broadcasting:

Highland was created in the summer of 2000 by a local group of passionate music lovers. The mission was to create a full-time classical radio in the Concord, NH area. Highland applied for and launched low power FM station WCNH 94.7 in Concord in 2004.  In 2011 a new higher-powered version of WCNH at 91.5 FM began transmitting from a hilltop in Bow, reaching a wider coverage area.

 

Comments

tim glenday's picture

I have a suggestion....since WUML makes listening to you impossible in Nashua, how about a simulcast on your old NHPR frequency of 90.3 here.   We all listen now to the more powerful 88.3 you established a few years ago, but the 90.3 signal still exists on the top of St. Joe's Hospital! We could listen to NH's new home for classical music Over-The-Air.   Thanks

M. L. Eysenbach's picture

Please keep expanding the coverage of classical stations.  North of Concord is a desert.  We can't get Boston area stations, and VPR classical is full of static.  Help!

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