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Public Broadcasters Form New Partnership In Western Massachusetts

The NEPR headquarters in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo by Joyce Skowyra for NEPR

The NEPR headquarters in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. Photo by Joyce Skowyra for NEPR

The two big names in public radio and public television in western Massachusetts are joining together. New England Public Radio and WGBY will soon become “New England Public Media.”

The partnership reunites two media companies that have a common history. NEPR was started as WFCR in 1961 by the Boston-based WGBH.

Ten years later, WGBH launched WGBY to provide public television to the Springfield area.

Now, the two stations will join up to form an independent non-profit, which is slated to come online this summer around July 1.

Martin Miller, CEO and general manager of New England Public Radio, will become president of the new organization, which will be called, “New England Public Media.”

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