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NEW HAMPSHIRE

     
  State population (2000 census)
1,235,786
     
  Population receiving a FM public radio signal
1,121,262
90.7%
  (from both in and out-of-state stations)
  Population in uncovered FM areas
114,524
     
  Stations in State FM stations
5
    FM translators
3
    AM stations
0
     
  1989 PTFP Study: Population receiving a
    FM public radio signal
746,000
81%
         

Broadcast Coverage Maps

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Public Radio Stations in State

Main stations in bold followed by associated repeaters and translators
Facilities in italics operated by out‑of‑state broadcasters
Location in ( ) - actual location of transmitting facilities
N - New facility since 1989 study     # - Station now meets study criteria

FM Stations
WEVO
89.1
Concord    WEVN N
90.7
Keene
   WEVC N
107.1
Berlin     W282AB N
104.3
Dover
(Gorham)    W217BH N
91.3
Littleton
   WEVH N
91.3
Hanover    W212AF
90.3
Nashua
   WEVJ N
99.5
Jackson

AM Stations

None

General Comments

Public radio service within New Hampshire is provided by New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR), a community licensee, which operates a series of five stations and three translators.  New Hampshire has made a significant effort to extend and improve public radio service throughout the state since the 1989 PTFP study. 

FM Service 

The 1989 study identified only WEVO in Concord and a translator in Nashua as providing public radio service in the state.  Since that time, the state has constructed four repeater stations and two translators in areas identified as uncovered in 1989.  NHPR has constructed radio repeater transmitters in the southern third of the state in the cities of Hanover and Keene and a translator in Dover. North and east of White Mountain National Forest in central New Hampshire, NHPR installed a translator in Littleton near the Vermont border and two repeater transmitters to the east, one in Berlin (Gorham) and the other in Jackson. 

The percentage of the state’s population receiving a public radio signal has increased from 81% in 1989 to 90.7% currently, and the number of unserved residents in the state decreased from 175,000 in 1989 to 114,524.

AM Service

None      

Service from Adjacent States

Significant areas of New Hampshire receive public radio signals from the adjoining states of Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Unserved Areas

Except for the small coastal plain in the southeast corner of the state where channel 6 problems persist, the topography of New Hampshire is hills and valleys in the south with the White Mountains and White Mountain National Forest from the center of the state north to the Canadian border. 

Region A

This area includes the northern portion of Coos County.  This region is the most sparsely populated of the entire state.  About 10,000 residents, or almost one-third of the county’s population living near the Canadian border, do not receive public radio service.  NHPR has an application pending to install a translator at Colebrook which will provide first service to many people in Coos County.  If the application is granted, NHPR anticipates beginning construction on this project in the summer of 2005.

Region B

Grafton County lies in the heart of the White Mountains.  Approximately 28,000 people, which is about one-third of the county’s population, do not receive public radio service. In the summer of 2005, NHPR plans to install a translator near Plymouth in Grafton County enhancing coverage to this community and adjacent areas of the White Mountains.

Region C and D

Almost half of the state’s unserved population (over 56,000 people) resides in Region C (24,876 people in Hillsborough County) and Region D (25,866 people in Rockingham County and 6,835 people in Strafford County). Channel 6 interference issues have frustrated past attempts by NHPR to extend and improve service to this fast growing portion of the state, including proposed installations near Nashua and the coastal community of Portsmouth. 

Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2004 on a translator to serve the community of Portsmouth in Rockingham County on New Hampshire’s Atlantic coast.  In the Fall of 2004, NHPR anticipates it will begin a project to upgrade its Nashua translator in Hillsborough County to a Class A FM station with call letters WEVS, improving service to Nashua and upgrading spotty coverage in adjacent communities.

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