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Twice the space and an open road to future expansion
Installation of the satellite dish
Photo by Scott McPherson
There is one corner of the sixth floor space that was left unfinished. This area of about 2,000 square feet is part of the plan to accommodate future needs. Its exact purpose has yet to be planned, but possibilities include new media, alternative programming streams, partnership with TV stations, or possibly subletting it to another tenant. The facility was built to be future-ready. This space allows for that.
Although the timeline for the construction project was to be on the air from the new facility by Dec. 31, 2008, in an almost unheard of turn of events, NHPR originated its first broadcast from the facility at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15. NHPR credits the efforts of Technet Systems Group, the system integrator, for staying ahead of schedule. Once the on-air operation was in place, the office and administration moved in on Dec. 19. These four days allowed the network to address any on-air problems before the office staff moved in.
And while the project progressed like clockwork, the final days were not without some frustration. The move on Dec. 15 was three days after a major ice storm passed through the area. Several of the transmitter sites were still on emergency power. Still, the on-air transfer went well. But even on Dec. 19 as the staff moved in, a snow storm passed through.
One added benefit to the new facility is that it has inspired the air talent to improve their games. The new facility is a modern technology showcase. Some members of the air staff have commented that they feel they have to live up to the look and feel of the new space, and this is reflected in their on-air performances.
NHPR planned a campaign to raise $6.5 million, which was met in March 2009.
Thanks to Scott McPherson, assistant general manager, and Michael Saffell, director of engineering, at NHPR for their assistance in preparing this article.
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