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June 24, 2005
Contact: Phillip Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016.

Kansas Public Radio, Audio-Reader to be off air June 28 for equipment installation

UPDATE: Because of stormy weather, an equipment upgrade on Kansas Public Radio's transmitter was delayed June 28. Weather permitting, equipment installation and the subsequent signal interruption are rescheduled for Wednesday, June 29. The work is expected to take only one day, but inclement weather or other problems may delay signal restoration.

LAWRENCE -- Kansas Public Radio will be off the air for at least a day beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 28. Crews will be installing equipment needed to upgrade the station's broadcast signal.

The work is expected to take only one day. If the equipment installation takes longer than expected or bad weather hampers installation, KPR also may be off the air parts of Wednesday, June 29.

"This will be a temporary inconvenience to our listeners that will result in a dramatic long-term improvement for KPR," said Janet Campbell, KPR director.

The tower crew will install additional equipment as part of the "high definition" radio upgrade that all KPR stations will undergo. HD radio is a supplemental broadcast signal that will provide near CD-quality digital broadcasts, artist and song title information as well as other information as a text display on HD-equipped radios.

No changes are planned for the analog signal, and listeners' current radios will continue to receive the analog broadcast. More information about HD radio is available at http://www.ibiquity.com.

KPR listeners can listen over the Internet by logging on to http://kpr.ku.edu and clicking the "listen online" icon. A RealPlayer or Windows Media Player is needed to access the Web broadcast. Space is limited for Internet broadcasts, so not all listeners who want to log on will be able to get through at all times.

Audio-Reader, a radio reading service for the blind and visually impaired, also will be off the air during the KPR tower change. The Audio-Reader signal is part of a "subcarrier" of the main KPR transmission and is sent to closed-circuit radios tuned to the Audio-Reader frequency. Consequently, when the KPR transmitter is down, so is the Audio-Reader signal. Audio-Reader broadcasts statewide, but only its signal in the KPR listening area will be affected.

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on KANU 91.5-FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7-FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3-FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9-FM in Atchison.

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