Start-up Assistance for Delaware’s NPR and Local News Station
CLIENT(S)Delaware First Media
ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANT(S)PMC’s Public Radio Fund
TOPIC(S)Loan Assistance, Public Radio Fund
When Delaware First Media, an online news service, decided to launch their first radio station they turned to the Public Radio Fund for start-up assistance in funding equipment and staffing needs. With a $105,000 acquisition loan from the Fund, Delaware First Media launched WDDE, broadcasting NPR and local news service to a coverage area of 100,000 people in Delaware. Focusing on high-quality journalism for the public interest, WDDE is a collaborative venture between Delaware State University and the University of Delaware.
“All of us at Delaware First Media – and especially me – are mindful every day that we would not be the institution we are growing to be without the support of Public Media Company, and your personal encouragement, support and advice along the way.”
Micheline Boudreau, President
Delaware First Media, WDDE 91.1 FM