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Higgins Announces $70,000 Grant for WBFO FM; Corporation for Public Broadcasting Grants to Help WBFO Move Toward Digital Services
September 21, 2005
Washington, DCToday Congressman Brian Higgins announced a $70,000 Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Grant for WBFO 88.7 FM in Buffalo.  This grant will help WBFO purchase the equipment needed to transition to digital radio.
WBFO is entering the future of broadcasting, and I am excited that all Western New Yorkers will also be beneficiaries of this funding, said Congressman Higgins.  The importance of funding for public radio cannot be overlooked.  It is unfortunate that Republicans in the House cut CPB funding by $100 million this past June, something which I strongly opposed.  Our lives are enriched and enhanced by the creative and stimulating programming which our local public broadcasting affiliates provide.  I will always fight to protect funding for CPBthe direct effect which public broadcasting has on all of us is immeasurable and should not be taken for granted.
The grant to WBFO/FM from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will enable us to offer a much broader range of programming to our listeners in Western New York and the Southern Tier, and will place WBFO in the mainstream of public radio stations that are converting to digital technology.  We are very grateful to Congress for its continued support of the vital technology initiatives undertaken by the CPB, said Carole Smith Petro, WBFO FM Associate Vice President & General Manager.
Digital technology will enhance significantly the quality and scope of WBFO program services, as well as provide richer quality sound than what is currently available.  These funds are part of the almost $190 million in funding that Congress has provided to CPB over the last five years to assist both public radio and public television stations in converting from analog to digital transmission.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is the U.S.-taxpayer-funded agency that provides critical dollars to public broadcasting across the country.

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