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April 30, 2008

 

KRTU 91.7 Goes Hi-Def: AT&T Gift Helps Trinity’s Station Join First Wave of Radio Stations Broadcasting in Digital Format

 

SAN ANTONIO – KRTU 91.7, Trinity University’s listener supported radio station, joins the first wave of radio stations in the country to begin broadcasting in high definition digital audio. The conversion to the new format was made possible through a technology grant provided by the AT&T Foundation.

 

“We are proud to show our continued support for Trinity's students through this grant,” said AT&T Director of External Affairs Jim Jamison. “The University has been able to stay ahead of the curve and become the first public radio station in San Antonio to convert to digital. This change is not only beneficial for listeners but also coincides with both Trinity University and AT&T's education mission to create an engaging and cutting-edge learning environment for students.”

 

With the AT&T grant, KRTU, the main source of jazz programming in San Antonio, was able to renovate its main and auxiliary studios, install state of the art equipment which is networked on a digital mainframe, and begin broadcasting on a digital transmitter.

 

“Everything is digitally integrated in a way that it never was before,” added Aaron Prado, music director for KRTU.  “It transformed the station.”

 

“The conversion to hi-def digital audio enhances KRTU’s ability to deliver quality programming,” said William Christ, general manager of KRTU and chair of Trinity’s communication department. “It also gives us the essential tools to teach the next generation of broadcasters. We are thrilled with AT&T’s commitment to KRTU to bring the forefront of this particular field.”

 

The conversion to hi-def digital also opens up the possibility of adding other distinct channels to KRTU, which could be used for separate programming.

 

In addition to funding KRTU’s conversion to hi-def digital, the $5 million gift from AT&T provided resources to enhance Trinity’s technological resources, including the creation of an information commons in the Coates University Library, an update of technology equipment in classrooms across the campus, and an upgrade of Trinity’s television facilities to digital technology.

 

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