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Community Rallies Around Smallest NPR Station, Which Reaches Dutchess

Robin Hood Radio
Robin Hood Radio Photo Credit: Contributed

A campaign to help a National Public Radio station that reaches East Dutchess buy a transmitter has raised almost $30,00 0.

Robin Hood Radio, the smallest NPR station in the country, broadcasts in Dutchess, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Their 31-year old transmitter recently died, and a new transmitter costs $27,000.

The GoFundMe has raised $28,400 from 163 people in seven days as of Monday afternoon.

"It amazes me, I didn't know what to expect," Marshall Miles, who helps run Robin Hood Radio, said. "I am blown away by the generosity of the public. It's come from all demographics and all age groups.

The station broadcasts on 91.9 FM and will use the transmitter for its AM station, 1020.

Robin Hood Radio features a morning show with local news, along with jazz music, big band music, comedy and shows like Music Mountain Room among its 35 locally produced shows. The station also features classic NPR programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

"I was born and raised here," Miles said. "To start a radio station in your home area- it doesn't get any better than that."

Miles said the station is the only local news source on the radio, as other radio stations in the area get bought up by corporations.

"There's just something about the radio," Miles said.

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