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A public media system that includes Latino voices, services and perspectives at every level of programming, production, distribution, leadership and management, and that includes and supports a strong Latino-controlled public media.

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Public Media Community Supporting Puerto Rico Stations

It takes a village to raise a child & a public media community to return our Puerto Rico public media stations back on-air.

From Coast Alaska to WNYC in New York, to entities supporting public broadcasters like CPB, NPR, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, NFCB, United for Community RadioGreater PublicRecNet, Prometheus Radio, WMFE and LPRC member stations like WLCH in Lancaster, PA, WDNA in Miami, KSVR in Mt. Vernon, WA to Radio Bilingüe in California and many more have been providing support via LPRC to ensure our Puerto Rico member stations can get back on-air.  THANK YOU!  And GRACIAS to our Donors who have & continue to support the Go Fund Me campaign!

Many professionals & stations in the public media community, recognizing that the recovery to normalcy may be long,  have asked “how can we help?”   LPRC in leading the charge for its Puerto Rico stations is in constant communication with them as we define short & long-term needs as follows:

  • Radio-to-Go Kits, Diesel & Generators:  Short-term, LPRC worked closely with CPB, Coast Alaska, & WNYC to deliver a radio to go kit to WIPR to restore its FM signal.  We are working to deliver the same to WRTU as Coast Alaska is providing their last radio-to-go kit.  Issues are shipping logistics & a generators.  Any support is appreciated.
  • Other Equipment:  Long-term we know repairs & new equipment is needed. Various stations have offered equipment and tried to contact our Puerto Rico stations directly.  LPRC created this this worksheet for stations to list equipment being offered.  LPRC has and is working towards obtaining a full assessment of damage from each station. We will touch base with each station where identified equipment is needed.
  • Engineers: We are working with several who are volunteering their time as engineering issues arise.
  • FCC: LPRC is working on the re-packing issue on behalf of our stations to move them from Phase 3 to Phase 1.  All insights are appreciated.
  • Jobs: We have Puerto Rican station employees that have been forced to leave Puerto Rico and are sending their resumes to LPRC.  Please email your stations’ job postings.  We will post on our Jobs Page to share with our stations and those  individuals contacting us.  please consider these displaced individuals in your interview processes.
  • Promote our GoFundMe fundraiser by posting on your website, newsletters, re-tweeting LPRC daily social media posts
  • Donate & encourage other to donate to the GoFundMe Campaign

 


 

STATUS UPDATE OF LPRC’S PUERTO RICO MEMBER STATIONS

Stations On-Air:

WIPR -AM‘s signals is able to reach the majority of the Island and they are currently on-air within the Island and online. They are working to get TV broadcast back up in the coming days and LPRC is working closely to ensure this can happen.

WIPR-FM:  Thanks to the collaborative work with Coast Alaska, CPB & WNYC we expect for WIPR-FM’s signal to be restored within one to two weeks.  This is a short-term measure as a complete assessment is executed.  LPRC is working directly with WIPR management & engineers to ascertain & devise restoration plans. WIPR-TV would be the next signal we would be working to help them return to air.

Casa Pueblo is on-air throughout the day and its biggest need is cash to continue to purchase diesel.  In addition, Casa Pueblo has been entrenched in the community and leading the way with solar lamps being distributed to its local communitiesFelicitaciones for their great community work!

Working to Get On-Air

WRTU-Radio Universidad:  They are working to get on-air, have confirmed they have signal and LPRC is working to get the radio-to-go kits, generator & satellite phone so they can extend their reach to the southwest (Mayaguez, PR.) part of the island.  This area is currently without any public media communications and thus vital to the Puerto Rico communities.

Sistema TV the situation is more difficult since roads to their towers are blocked and damage to towers has not yet been assessed. We know they are working to get back on-air and we are in communication with them.

Radio Vieques is regrouping after the storm.  We are waiting on damages updates from Culebra on the status of their antenna/transmitter.  LPRC is working on radio-to-go kits, generators & satellite phones. Shipping logistics are another challenge to consider.

 


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Puerto Rico’s Professionals in Public Media may lose their Jobs

Hurricane Maria’s rippling effects may include loss of jobs for our Latino colleagues living in Puerto Rico and working within public media. It’s an unsettling reality that the longer our stations are off the air, the more likely it will be that they will lose some of their talented journalists, producers, etc. And it’s already …

No se olviden de Vieques, Puerto Rico!

Blogueros/as Latinos/as lanzaron anoche otro #Twitterstorm bajo el hashtag #UnidosporPuertoRico y yo participé a nombre de nuestras estaciones de Puerto Rico. Continúo siguiendo las noticias y pensando diariamente qué más se puede hacer para que nuestras estaciones de Puerto Rico puedan regresar al aire. Tener la capacidad de transmitir nuevamente es muy importante para áreas como …

Don’t Forget about Vieques, Puerto Rico!

Latino/as bloggers raised another #Twitterstorm last night under the hashtag #UnidosporPuertoRico and I participated on behalf of our Puerto Rico stations. I keep following the news and thinking daily what else can be done to get our Puerto Rico stations back on-air. Getting them back on air is significantly important to areas like Vieques.  The …

Who We Serve

We work with 50+ stations across the U.S. including Puerto Rico. Whether in Spanish or English, Latinos are the focus of the programming. LPRC stations are strongly involved with the community and thrive with strong Latino leadership:

  • Station Serves the Latino Community
  • Majority Latino Staff
  • Majority Latino Board of Directors
  • Latino Volunteers Are Numerous

Together, LPRC Member Stations serve Latinos from diverse backgrounds: Bilingual, English-dominant, Spanish-dominant, professionals, white collars, blue collars and immigrants.