Pub­lic ra­dio ex­pands, changes name

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — A Rhode Is­land pub­lic ra­dio sta­tion is chang­ing its name now that it has ex­panded into south­east­ern Mas­sachusetts.

Rhode Is­land Pub­lic Ra­dio will be known as The Pub­lic’s Ra­dio start­ing Fri­day. Its new web­site, thep­ublic­sra­, launches 12:01 a.m. Fri­day.

The sta­tion pre­vi­ously bought the rights to a Univer­sity of Mas­sachusetts Dart­mouth fre­quency and moved a trans­mit­ter to Tiver­ton.

Sta­tion CEO Torey Mala­tia says Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion reg­u­la­tions re­quire the sta­tion to serve the area un­der its sig­nal, which prompted the name change.

Mala­tia says the sta­tion will open a bureau in New Bed­ford, and they will launch an on­line ini­tia­tive where lis­ten­ers can sug­gest top­ics they want cov­ered.

He says the sta­tion will con­tinue pro­gram­ming from Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio, the BBC and Amer­i­can Pub­lic Me­dia.

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