The 50th Anniversary Campaign will ensure that New England Public Radio has the facilities, equipment, technology, and programmatic resources needed to conceive, produce, and transmit content that meets the needs and high standards of our communities.
50th Anniversary Campaign Objectives
Facilities and Equipment
Expansion in Springfield New England Public Radio will nearly triple its existing office and studio space with the purchase and renovation of the first floor of the Fuller Block Building at 1525 Main Street in downtown Springfield—the geographic center of our broadcast area. Building Endowment for 1525 Main Street Proceeds from this endowment will help cover the cost of utilities and maintenance for the new facility in Springfield. Completion of State-of the-Art Facilities at UMass Amherst In the final phase of renovations at Hampshire House, the studio and production areas will be upgraded with the latest digital technology—providing the Five College community with a state-of-the-art facility and enhanced opportunities for interns.
Frequency Acquisition and New Technologies The Technology Fund will enable New England Public Radio to complete the purchase of all-news WNNZ, our 24/7 all-news format, and to acquire additional frequencies that expand WFCR and all-news WNNZ’s reach. It will also help fund future technology and equipment upgrades for a range of broadcast needs.
Start-up Funds for New Locally Focused Programs The Program Fund will finance the launch of exciting new programs: Youth Radio; AudioFiles—a community-based music and talk series; and more news/talk programs and content on WFCR, all-news WNNZ, and nepr.net. Classical and Jazz Endowment Fund This fund will help ensure our permanent commitment to classical and jazz programming, which is of critical importance to WFCR’s loyal and passionate music audience.
Be Part of this Transformation
The 50th Anniversary Campaign for New England Public Radio is the largest and most ambitious capital campaign in our history. It will quite literally transform our presence in the community and transform our ability to serve you better. By supporting this campaign, you’re ensuring more local coverage of news and public affairs on WFCR and all-news WNNZ. You’re championing music and the arts. You’re supporting youth in our community. You’re contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of Springfield. You’re updating the stations’ all-important facility at UMass Amherst. And you’re making New England Public Radio an even stronger institution—an institution that will provide a voice for our communities for decades to come. We invite you to be part of this exciting transformation and thank you for your consideration.
50th Anniversary Campaign Chair President, The Colebrook Group
David K. Scott
50th Anniversary Campaign Vice Chair Former Chancellor, UMass Amherst
Honorary Campaign Chair Former Foreign Correspondent, NPR News
CEO and General Manager New England Public Radio