KMOS-TV Receives USDA Grant to Improve Service to Rural Areas
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Dec. 15, 2010) – KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missour's public broadcasting station, has received a $576,246 grant from USDA Rural Development in support of the station’s ongoing efforts to improve digital transition efforts in its rural service area.
Janie Dunning, Missouri state director for USDA Rural Development, presented the grant proceeds to Don Peterson, UCM’s director of broadcasting services, during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 15, in the KMOS-TV studios on the UCM campus in Warrensburg.
The grant provided to KMOS-TV is one of only 13 nationwide and the only one of its kind in Missouri. Funding for the grant is provided through the Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program, which is administered by USDA’s Rural Development Rural Utilities Service. This year the program provided a total of $6.2 million in equipment funding to public television stations serving substantial rural populations. It is estimated that 800,000 rural residents in KMOS-TV’s service area of 20,000 square miles in 33 Missouri counties will benefit when the project is completed.
According to Peterson, the new equipment will allow KMOS-TV to expand its coverage in the field, offering broader coverage of the service area in the form of local programming, while providing improved editing and production capabilities.
“This is a major step forward for KMOS-TV in improving our service to our viewers,” Peterson said. “The quality programming they have come to expect from KMOS-TV now can be expanded with access to state-of-the-art technology by our talented production staff.” Peterson also recognized the year-long effort of many of the KMOS-TV staff in preparing the grant application.
“We are pleased to provide financial assistance to the University of Central Missouri,” Dunning said. “We are confident that the broadcast improvements to KMOS-TV will assist with high quality delivery of information through public television.”