Campus: CSU Chico -- September 27, 2002
Public Radio's KCHO Receives $30,000 Bonus Grant
For the third year in a row, California State University, Chico's public radio service, KCHO, has been
selected to receive a bonus grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for efficiency. The
award comes as a cash bonus of $30,000.
Applicants must demonstrate that they actively employ efficient technical, programming, collaborative
or online approaches that provide a measurable and sustainable financial benefit.
KCHO, the flagship of public radio in the North state, moved its program guide online and saved
almost $10,000 during the past year. KCHO operates cooperatively with public television station KIXE
in Redding. That cooperation increases efficiency and cost savings.
With the Redding public radio station, KFPR (the other half of Northstate Public Radio), KCHO
staff developed a service for the rapidly growing Mien population in the Redding area.
Northstate Public Radio plans to continue increasing efficiency and service. "We want to increase
service to minority populations in Shasta County," said Jack Brown, general manager of Northstate
Public Radio, KCHO and KFPR. "We also plan to improve our online service. One idea is to offer two
separate programming streams via Web sites www.KCHO.org and
KCHO is a full-time station offering public radio programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and
365 days a year. More than 100 volunteers keep the station running. KCHO employs five full-time staff
and five part-time staff members.
The programming consists primarily of news and information, classical music, jazz and entertainment
programs such as Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."
The station is part of the College of Communication and Education and operates from the basement of
the Meriam Library on the CSU, Chico campus. The station is moving toward the end of a capital campaign
to relocate to a larger and much improved technological facility in downtown Chico.
Contact: Kathleen McPartland, (530) 898-4260