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Topic: Community-Focused Initiatives
Posted on 4/20/2015
Congratulations to Hubbard Radio LLC KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
"Bemidji, located at the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Northwestern Minnesota, is home to professors, health care professionals, lumberjacks, families in poverty and KBHP-FM. With such a diverse listenership, KBHP strives to remain relevant, offering programming vital to the area. Listeners of all ages rely on KBHP for comprehensive weather reports and current local, state and national news. KBHP values involvement in the community and hosts “Chat- About,” a weekday public service show that examines issues of local concern. In 2014, “Chat-About” featured 250 guests representing 170 agencies. KBHP also broadcast 4,450 minutes of local public service announcements, valued at $125,000. University and technical college students can apply for $46,500 worth of scholarships due to KBHP and its owners’ commitment to education. KBHP helped community organizations raise $750,743 for their programs and services, collect 21,000 pounds of food and 2,820 winter clothing items. In addition, the 26th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse raised $44,440, bringing its 26 year total to $1.01 million. For 42 years, KBHP-FM and its dedicated staff have been proud to serve their community and embrace localism, knowing they play a vital role in their listeners’ lives, striving to make positive differences for them."
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