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Public Broadcaster to expand radio signal, presence in Middle Peninsula

WHRO, Hampton Roads’ public broadcaster, will open a satellite office and studio in Williamsburg on July 13, 2009.  The office, located at 1408 Richmond Road, will be staffed from 10am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, and will be the site of frequent community events for the people of Williamsburg and the Middle Peninsula.

Williamsburg residents are already familiar with WHRO TV15’s public television service, a combination of PBS programming and local productions.  WHRO 90.3FM, one of its two main public radio frequencies, features classical music and fine arts programming; while WHRV 89.5FM is a National Public Radio affiliate that also airs a local public affairs call-in talk show and jazz, folk and eclectic music at night and on weekends.

“WHRO’s satellite studio / office is just our first step in efforts to improve our sometimes inconsistent radio signal throughout the Williamsburg and the Middle Peninsula regions,” said Bert Schmidt, WHRO’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We want people to be able to listen in no matter where they go in southeastern Virginia.”

In addition, the Richmond Road studio will be put to particular use to further WHRO’s strong commitment to local programming, and to produce features that tell stories of Virginia’s historic triangle, which offers an abundance of rich cultural, educational and historical material.

WHRO is nationally recognized as a leader in putting information and cutting edge technology to work for educators and students throughout Virginia, providing high-quality lesson plans, video-on-demand, media services, professional development and links to educational resources to nearly a third of a million students and 25,000 teachers every month.  The Williamsburg-James City County School district is one of the eighteen school districts that form the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc., the owner of WHRO. 

Colin Campbell, President of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and a member of WHRO’s Board of Directors, says, “The new satellite studio and office here will strengthen the already substantial links between WHRO and this community.  It is a wise and welcome move.”