50th Anniversary Capital Campaign for WFCR

$6,199,567 of $7m goal

The 50th Anniversary Campaign will ensure that New England Public Radio has the facilities, equipment, technology, and programmatic resources needed to conceive, produce, and transmit content that meets the needs and high standards of our communities.

Read our latest UPDATE Letter as a PDF.

50th Anniversary Campaign Objectives

Facilities and Equipment

Expansion in Springfield

New England Public Radio will nearly triple its existing office and studio space with the purchase and renovation of the first floor of the Fuller Block Building at 1525 Main Street in downtown Springfield—the geographic center of our broadcast area.

Building Endowment for 1525 Main Street

Proceeds from this endowment will help cover the cost of utilities and maintenance for the new facility in Springfield.

Completion of State-of the-Art Facilities at UMass Amherst

In the final phase of renovations at Hampshire House, the studio and production areas will be upgraded with the latest digital technology—providing the Five College community with a state-of-the-art facility and enhanced opportunities for interns.

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Frequency Acquisition and New Technologies

The Technology Fund will enable New England Public Radio to complete the purchase of all-news WNNZ, our 24/7 all-news format, and to acquire additional frequencies that expand WFCR and all-news WNNZ’s reach. It will also help fund future technology and equipment upgrades for a range of broadcast needs.


Start-up Funds for New Locally Focused Programs

The Program Fund will finance the launch of exciting new programs: Youth Radio; AudioFiles—a community-based music and talk series; and more news/talk programs and content on WFCR, all-news WNNZ, and nepr.net.

Classical and Jazz Endowment Fund

This fund will help ensure our permanent commitment to classical and jazz programming, which is of critical importance to WFCR’s loyal and passionate music audience.


Be Part of this Transformation

The 50th Anniversary Campaign for New England Public Radio is the largest and most ambitious capital campaign in our history. It will quite literally transform our presence in the community and transform our ability to serve you better. By supporting this campaign, you’re ensuring more local coverage of news and public affairs on WFCR and all-news WNNZ. You’re championing music and the arts. You’re supporting youth in our community. You’re contributing to the economic and cultural vitality of Springfield. You’re updating the stations’ all-important facility at UMass Amherst. And you’re making New England Public Radio an even stronger institution—an institution that will provide a voice for our communities for decades to come. We invite you to be part of this exciting transformation and thank you for your consideration.

Video from our Ground Breaking

For more information please contact:

Sarah Tanner – stanner@nepr.net or phone: 413-735-6601 

Campaign Leadership

Jack Dill

50th Anniversary Campaign Chair

President, The Colebrook Group


David K. Scott

50th Anniversary Campaign Vice Chair

Former Chancellor, UMass Amherst


Anne Garrels

Honorary Campaign Chair

Former Foreign Correspondent, NPR News


Martin Miller

CEO and General Manager

New England Public Radio