BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Cameron Baird Foundation has given a
$20,000 grant to WBFO 88.7 FM, the National Public Radio affiliate
operated by the University at Buffalo, to be used for installing
the new technology of broadcasting in digital format, known as HD
HD Radio will allow WBFO, the region's most listened to NPR
station, to offer much better sound quality, and reach a wider
audience by broadcasting various programming over three streams
instead of one with a clearer signal, according to Carole Smith
Petro, associate vice president and WBFO general manager.
"The Cameron Baird Foundation has been a solid and reliable
supporter of WBFO's efforts to deliver high quality public radio,"
Petro said. "We are grateful for their on-going confidence in WBFO.
Their support allows the station to take full advantage of current
digital, satellite and internet capabilities and places WBFO in the
technical forefront of both commercial and public radio stations
across the nation."
The funds from the Cameron Baird Foundation will go toward the
overall HD Radio project goal of $182,000. Other funders include
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the New York State
Education Department, and University at Buffalo faculty
"We are pleased to be part of the future of WBFO, which serves
its community so well in news, public affairs and music
programming. Now with HD Radio WBFO will be able to offer an all
news stream, an all music stream and a combination of both, with a
clearer signal," stated Barbara Baird.
For more information regarding WBFO and HD Radio, visit the
station's Web-site at www.wbfo.org.
WBFO 88.7FM reaches an audience of approximately 100,000 people
per week through its main signal in Buffalo and through repeater
stations WUBJ 88.1FM in Jamestown and WOLN 91.3FM in Olean. WBFO
news department offers comprehensive coverage of regional and
world-wide news. The station also offers a depth of
programming not available elsewhere in the community, including
NPR/PRI news and entertainment programs, public and cultural
affairs programming and jazz and blues. WBFO has been voted
"Best Radio Station in Buffalo" for six years in a row by the
readers of Artvoice.