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2012.11.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

KVNO Announces New 24-Hour Radio News Broadcasting Service

Omaha - University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) broadcasting students will now have a 24-hour news service to work for and learn from as UNO’s non-commercial radio station, KVNO-FM, has announced a new all-news programing stream on its HD digital broadcasting service.

KVNO, which is best known for their classical music selection, officially launched the new station on Nov. 1.

The station, NewsRadio 90.7, can now be heard over the Omaha-Council Bluffs airwaves on KVNO-HD3. Listeners in the Omaha metro will need a HD digital receiver to hear these broadcasts. NewsRadio 90.7 can also be streamed live over the Internet at www.kvnonews.com, as well as the KVNO homepage at www.kvno.org.

While the core programming on NewsRadio 90.7 will come from a live 24-hour satellite feed from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service, UNO students will also have the opportunity to continue their award-winning reporting.

In April, KVNO won 15 Eric Sevareid awards, seven of which were student awards, including first place honors for sports reporting, series reporting and soft feature reporting. Student reporter Angel Martin also received two awards of merit for her work in the series and hard feature categories.

“NewsRadio 90.7 makes it possible for KVNO to expand our audience base without alienating our existing audience”, said Dana Buckingham, KVNO’s assistant general manager. “KVNO has been broadcasting in the digital HD format since 2006. By fully utilizing our existing HD steaming capabilities we can better serve our community and diversify our programming.”

“Modern HD radio technology also provides us with a unique opportunity to enhance our academic outreach by providing a professional broadcast news platform for UNO students that are interested in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism,” he added.

Buckingham also noted that with this separate news broadcast stream, KVNO-FM-HD1 would continue to concentrate on strengthening its core classical music format. KVNO-FM-HD1 recently announced their affiliation with American Public Media that offers world-class nationally syndicated classical music programs. These programs include periodic live concert broadcasts from New York’s Carnegie Hall, a weekly syndicated concert series called “SymphonyCast,” and a daily five-minute program called “The Writers Almanac” with host Garrison Keillor.

KVNO also plans to air a popular daily two-hour program called “Performance Today” which features classical music in concert from the American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and around the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features.

Classical 90.7 KVNO-FM is celebrating its 40th anniversary of broadcasting across the Omaha metro this year.

For more information, contact Dana Buckingham, KVNO manager, at 402.554.2516.

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