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Information Radio Stations are affordable, effective broadcast tools, according to Oregon State University and interpreters across the country whom the University interviewed. (Get a free cd of the program with real-life visitor-use examples.) Read on.
An Oregon Sea Grant educational video, entitled "Making Waves . . . ," created in 2002 shows how organizations around the United States successfully use information radio technology, even without previous broadcast experience. In the program, a range of users, including parks, chambers of commerce, museums, ports and highway authorities give examples of how they use information radio stations to reach travelers, visitors and others.

It's worth noting that the 'Making Waves' project was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Office of Sea Grant and Extramural Programs, the United States Department of Commerce and by appropriations from the Oregon State legislature. 

The CD version of the video, which is free, was reproduced collaboratively with the National Parks Wireless Program Center. It runs 18 minutes and plays on any Windows PC or Macintosh computer. QuickTime software is included on the CD.

Frank Weed, who for many years served as chief of the National Park Service's Wireless Program, in a letter to park managers and staff (accompanied by a complimentary 'Making Waves' CD for each park), summarized the history of the National Parks' use of information radio this way:

"...Initially conceived and developed as an experimental broadcast medium at Yellowstone National Park in the early 1970s, [Information] Radio Stations and the technology utilized have matured from frail tube-type transmitter equipment and audio tapes to totally reliable and fully solid state transmitter equipment with digital audio that can be recorded/re-recorded from a distant location via dial-up connection. Today, the National Park Service has over 175 of these broadcast units in operation nationally..." – supplied by Information Station Specialists. The National Park Service is among the first proponents of information radio and is the largest nationwide user of this technology for visitor information, orientation and interpretive applications.

Request your complimentary CD, a coast-to-coast survey of how information radio is used to further the communication goals of parks, historic sites and other special destinations across the USA. 
   
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