POSTED: 7:58 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2014
Hawaii Public Radio has secured a pledge from Hilo-based KTA Super Stores that will broaden the reach of HPR-2 in East Hawaii.
The second HPR program stream, heard on Oahu via KIPO-FM 89.3, provides local, national and international news and information, local talk, jazz and blues programming.
The KTA matching pledge of $20,000 will go toward a $150,000 capital campaign now underway to purchase equipment, and pay for installation, engineering and legal fees to bring a new transmitter to the area.
HPR volunteers are working to secure additional contributions toward a planned Spring 2014 sign-on.
HPR-2 has been airing in Pahala via KAHU-FM 91.7, but the island's geography necessitates another transmitter to reach the broader East Hawaii area, said HPR President and General Manager Michael Titterton, in a statement.