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KERA to Broadcast Music On Second Radio Station

By Shelley Kofler, KERA News

Dallas – North Texas Public Broadcasting is announcing plans to purchase a second non-commercial radio license. It will launch as a second public radio station which will broadcast music.

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KERA's board of directors has agreed to pay $18 million to Covenant Educational Media for the licensing and transmission properties of 91.7, which currently airs religious programming. Covenant today filed the required transfer papers with the Federal Communications Commission.

KERA President and CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff says plans call for the new station to be on the air by fall. It will provide an adult album alternative format known as AAA.

Alhadeff: it's a wonderful combination, mostly of singer-songwriters, folk, acoustic, jazz, reggae - a very broad-ranging kind of music service.

KERA 90.1 aired music until 13 years ago when it shifted to a news and information format. Alhadeff says the second station allows KERA to continue building 90.1's news programming while again providing public broadcasting's style of music in North Texas.

Alhadeff: We'll be listening to music, we'll be hearing public radio style interviews with the artists, learning about the music, learning about the artists the artistic process. I think it will be a very rich musical discovery process.

Alhadeff says the second radio station will expand KERA's financial base as well as its programming content. We'll have more on KERA's plans for a second public radio station this afternoon, during All Things Considered.