West Hawaii Transmitter Project Hits $100,000 Goal!
FLASH! HPR has just made the $100,000 goal needed for the West Hawaii KHPH transmitter!
The McInerny Foundation pledged a generous matching gift of $20,000 to keep the campaign moving forward once $72,000 was reached; KTA Stores pledged a $5,000 matching gift in memory of Koichi and Taniyo Taniguchi, Founders of KTA Super Stores and K. Taniguchi, Ltd.
The campaign just made goal the morning of February 1, 2013. Now we have to sign-on KHPH in time to meet the April 14, 2013 deadline set by the FCC when it awarded the license. All the project funds had to be be received by this date or HPR would have had to forfeit the license.
West Hawaii, Get Ready for KHPH 88.7!
HPR is getting underway with its next signal enhancement project – the building of a new HPR-2 transmitter for West Hawaii.
HPR-2 boasts an unusual blend of intelligent news and information programming as well as locally-produced programs ranging from statewide call-in talk shows to Hawaiian music. See the HPR-2 program schedule.
Service for HPR-2 was introduced to West Hawaii just over a year ago when KIPM 89.7 went on the air from Ulupalakua, Maui. Response from West Hawaii to this new, dynamic service has been as enthusiastic (if not more so!) than anywhere in the state. However, reception has been less than ideal due to terrain-shielded “blank spots”.
The new transmitter – KHPH-FM – to be located on the slopes of Hualalai, will provide a strong and dedicated signal to West Hawaii to improve and expand HPR-2 reception. In fact, anywhere you can receive KWXX 101.5FM, you will be able to tune in KHPH.
The broadcast license has been secured, as has the antenna site, and the equipment has been sourced. The project budget for equipment, engineering and first-year overhead is $100,000.
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