NCPR seeks to enter Westport, Essex

WESTPORT North Country Public Radio is hoping to send a signal to a couple of communities. Plans are in the works for NCPR to start broadcasting in Essex and Westport. The proposed transmitter would fill in NCPRs last major gap in broadcasting for the Adirondack\North Country region. NCPR station manager Ellen Rocco said the organization had an application in to the Federal Communications Commission for a frequency to serve communities on the eastern edge of Lake Champlain. We are so excited about this. This is not only good for the people of Westport and Essex, it's good for all of their neighbors and rest of the park- it's a full coverage now, said Rocco. The station would be located at 90.5 FM, and broadcast at 140 watts. The transmitter would be located across the lake in Bristol, Vt. Rocco said the transmitter would reach Westport and Essex residents. A small, additional transmitter might be placed to reach the Elizabethtown area. If the application process goes smoothly, construction of the station would start this summer, and the station would be broadcasting by autumn. The construction of the transmitter will cost a maximum of $35,000. Rocco said NCPR had Westport and Essex in its sights since about 1990, but the FCC hasnt opened up process to acquire a frequency for years. Rocco said NCPR officials worked with Vermont Public Radio to place the application. North Country Public Radio is one of more than 300 National Public Radio stations in the nation. Based in Canton, NCPR operates 31 transmitters throughout the Adirondack North County. The station airs news and locally-hosted music programs.

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