BetterArts Gets Grand Tour of NCPR Studios

A professional radio broadcast setup in one of NCPR's rooms.
The team at North Country Public Radio last week invited board members from betterArts out to the NCPR studios in Canton, N.Y., for a tour of the facilities, meet 'n' greet, and brainstorm session with some of NCPR's heaviest hitters in order to offer betterArts some insight as it forays into broadcast with its newest project, Better Radio.

Based in Canton, NY, in St. Lawrence County, NCPR informs, enriches and connects the region-on air, online and in local communities. The organization operates a network of 32 transmitters broadcasting to the entire Adirondack North Country, western Vermont and southeastern Ontario. The commercial-free format includes a wide variety of programs from National Public Radio including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Fresh Air and more. NCPR's award-winning news team can be heard weekdays at 8:00 am with regional news broadcasts, features and interviews. The station also airs an eclectic mix of locally-hosted music programs.
Last Thursday several betterArts board members were treated to a sit-down meeting with several station hosts, reporters, producers, and managers to go over Better Radio plans. We discussed funding options, content, FCC rules and licensing arrangements, and even the potential to work together on future projects involving content-shares and more. BetterArts also got the grand tour of a variety of broadcast rooms to get some design ideas for Better Radio's main station at Better Farm.

Many thanks to everyone at NCPR, including Jackie, Natasha, Radio Bob, Sarah, Ellen, and Martha for being so supportive, informative, and helpful! For more information on how you can get involved with or support Better Radio, click here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.