Published 10/06/11

WJMF-WGBH ribbon-cutting

From left: WJMF General Manager Ricky McLaughlin '12, WJMF Programming Manager Tyler Pepe '12, WGBH hosts Cathy Fuller and Laura Carlo, and Bryant President Machtley at the ribbon-cutting Oct. 6.

Campus celebrates WJMF-WGBH partnership

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (Oct. 6, 2011) — On Oct. 6, public broadcaster WGBH,  Bryant University and its radio station will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live radio broadcasts on campus to mark their collaboration in bringing full-time classical music to Rhode Island.

Hosts Laura Carlo will broadcast live from Bryant between 6 and 10 a.m.; Cathy  Fuller will broadcast between 2 and 6 p.m. At noon, WGBH and Bryant University leaders will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus, followed by an evening reception in Providence marking the historic collaboration.

In early September, the University's radio station, WJMF, began re-transmitting the signal from WGBH's All Classical Service, returning round-the-clock classical broadcasts to the Providence area.

"We are delighted that we can celebrate this collaboration in bringing classical music back to Rhode Island," said Benjamin K. Roe, managing director of WGBH's All Classical Service. "Having the ability to broadcast live from Bryant University and celebrate this technology and education initiative is a proud moment for us and our listeners."

Bryant's student-run radio station now runs on several new platforms, including WJMF HD-2 and smartphone applications, and uses one of WGBH's mobile DTV channels. Bryant's WJMF is the first student-run station in the region to be available on the groundbreaking new mobile service. Bryant students also now have the opportunity to learn from the best digital and broadcast technology experts in the business working alongside WGBH technicians.

"Our students could not be more excited" by the technological advances for the station, said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. "This collaboration not only brings WGBH's All Classical Service to Rhode Island, but affirms Bryant University as a media technology leader in the region."

"This ground-breaking collaboration gives us the unique opportunity to become pioneers in digital broadcasting by enabling a multiplatform approach," said WJMF General Manager Ricky McLaughlin '12 of Hudson, N.H. "Although it moves WJMF's traditional open-format student programming off of the analog FM dial, this phenomenal opportunity allows us to reach an increasingly national audience, especially as the technology continues to develop."