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Jun 23, 2014 17:55
Category: Station News

Sherwood Trust Awards $20,000 to KGTS/PLR

A gift from Sherwood Trust caps a major initiative to improve the broadcast of Positive Life Radio 91.3. The Walla Walla foundation granted $20,000 to the Walla Walla University radio station to purchase and install two antennas on Pikes Peak. These improvements will bring broadcast transmission up to current industry standard. "After three decades of faithful service, we are pleased to retire our tower and antennas thanks to this generous gift from Sherwood Trust. I am grateful to all the donors, contractors, and our staff for teaming together to bring our largest equipment improvement project over the finish line," says Paul Richardson, network general manager of Positive Life Radio.

The Sherwood Trust is a non-profit, private foundation founded by Donald and Virginia Sherwood. The Sherwoods were longtime residents of Walla Walla. The couple worked together in contributing to the quality of life in the Walla Walla Valley through their involvement in many major civic projects, including the public library and downtown developments. He was an accomplished businessman, owning a full-service real-estate and finance firm, and also buying and selling other businesses.

Installing the new antennas will complete the station's $147,000 project, which also includes replacing studio equipment and updating internet connections between the five stations that broadcast Positive Live Radio.

Project gifts have come from many sources, including the Verizon company, which donated towers valued at $24,100. A generous donor gave a one-time gift of $40,000 to kick off the fundraising initiative. Former staff members of Positive Life Radio made contributions, and from the listening audience, 543 families each gave $100.

Based on the Walla Walla University campus, Positive Life Radio Network is a network of five radio stations and 15 translators throughout the Inland Northwest. It reaches more than 120,000 listeners in 18 communities across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.