Provincetown, MA, May 22, 2019: The Mass Cultural Council grant of $95,000 awarded this week brings WOMR to its capital campaign goal of $300,000, the community radio station announced today.
Phase One of the campaign, the installation of a generator at the Provincetown transmitter site, and Phase Two, an upgraded studio-to-transmitter link, are nearly completed. The grant from the MCC will enable Lower Cape Communications, Inc. (the legal entity that owns WOMR and WFMR) to not only embark on but to complete Phase Three, the long-awaited studio equipment upgrade.
At present, 95% of WOMR’s programming is produced in-house by more than 100 local volunteers who have been struggling with outdated and aging equipment that has been increasingly subject to failure. The new equipment will be fully digital and internet-based.
“I couldn’t be more pleased or more grateful,” says John Braden, WOMR’s executive director. “The support we’ve received, starting with a hundred-percent buy-in from our amazing board, and flowing out through volunteers, listeners, and organizations, has been remarkable. I’d like to especially thank the Mass. Cultural Council, of course, and also the Kelley Foundation, Cape Air, Seamen’s Bank, our generous supporters, and everyone who has worked in one way or another to make this dream a reality. It’s become clear through this campaign that community radio is important to—and supported by—the community.”
The campaign to modernize, upgrade, and replace the studio equipment was created in accordance with Goal #5 of the station’s 2017-2021 strategic plan, ensuring state-of-the-art technology and a broadcasting infrastructure.
ABOUT WOMR: In 1976 a small band of visionaries created a community radio station in Provincetown, and WOMR (OuterMost Community Radio) went on the air in 1982. Over the years the station has expanded to reach a wider audience and currently broadcasts at 92.1 FM as well as 91.3 FM, reaching listeners throughout Cape Cod and the South Shore, and streaming worldwide at womr.org.
ABOUT Massachusetts Cultural Council: The Mass Cultural Council partners with communities across the Commonwealth to expand access, improve education, promote diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities, and sciences. It provides the services, consultation, and support that ensure every tax dollar invested in the cultural landscape of Massachusetts delivers meaningful impact for residents. More at massculturalcouncil.org.