Beginning on July 1, 2016, WAIC 91.9 FM, will become the latest station to join The NEPR News Network, providing Hampden County with a 24-hour public radio news service on the FM dial, thanks to a partnership between New England Public Radio and American International College (AIC) which owns the frequency. With the addition of 91.9 FM WAIC, The NEPR News Network can now be heard on seven stations throughout the region including 89.3 FM in Hampshire County, 91.7 FM in Franklin County, 89.5 FM and 98.9 FM in Berkshire County, 88.5 FM HD-3 in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties, and on AM 640 across western New England and into New York State. Listeners can also stream the station at NEPR.net and through NEPR’s app.
The NEPR News Network, which caters to listeners who prefer 24-hour news and talk programming, was launched in 2007 to compliment the mixed-format service on New England Public Radio’s flagship station, 88.5 FM WFCR, which broadcasts news, jazz and classical music.
With programming partners including National Public Radio (NPR), BBC, and Public Radio International among others, the NEPR News Network offers fresh perspectives on the biggest stories from around the world, and a deeper connection to what’s happening locally through a diverse range of programs that offer well-balanced reporting, in-depth interviews, call-in discussions, and thoughtful conversation.
“This partnership with American International College is extremely exciting for NEPR,” said the station’s CEO and General Manager Martin Miller. “This will be the first time The NEPR News Network has broadcast on an FM station in Hampden County. Utilizing WAIC, along with the other five FM stations in the news network, means that we have complete FM coverage in all four counties of western Massachusetts, and into Enfield, CT, and with WNNZ AM 640, even greater coverage into CT, Albany, NY and southern VT.”
Added Miller, “We are grateful to AIC’s President Vincent Maniaci, Executive Vice President for Administration Mark Berman, their colleagues and Board of Trustees for bringing this [partnership] to fruition.”
As part of its agreement with American International College, New England Public Radio will offer educational seminars on media to AIC students each academic year. NEPR will work with the College faculty to design course curriculum that complies with AIC standards for academic credit. Seminar topics may include the art of recording conversations; conducting research and interviews; drafting interview questions; editing; voice techniques and other fundamental skills and journalistic practices. These learning opportunities will be hosted at one of NEPR’s two Springfield facilities.
In addition, AIC students will be encouraged to participate in NEPR’s paid internship program which offers experience in several station departments including the newsroom, marketing, programming and NEPR’s Media Lab, joining UMass Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, Berkshire Community College, and other area college students who participate in NEPR’s paid internship opportunities.
According to American International College President Vincent Maniaci, “This exciting collaboration between AIC and NEPR will provide our students with access to New England Public Radio right here in Springfield. They will benefit academically and gain real life experience with a well-respected media organization.”
About American International College:
Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution with the School of Business, Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Graduate and Adult Education. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community. For more information about AIC, visit aic.edu.
AIC Media Contact:
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American International College
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