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Arkansas PBS Foundaion gift supports HD programming for Arkansas viewers

Posted 08 Mar 2010

Fifteen years ago, when talk of digital transition was first beginning, the Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board created the DTV Transition Fund with an initial gift, Mona Dixon, Foundation COO and Director of Development, said. The Foundation Board anticipated there might be a time when this fund could help bridge a gap, and that time has come.

The HDCAM 1800 is a critical piece of equipment that will allow AETN to record and broadcast its locally produced programs in HD.

Arkansans think about quality programming when they think of AETN, Dan Farley, Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board Chair, said. Making sure that AETN has the ability to present local programs in high definition definitely falls within the mission of the Foundation.

The HDCAM 1800 is the first of several that AETN will need in order to keep up-to-date with the evolving HD world of broadcasting.

This equipment gift is a reflection of the foresight of the Arkansas PBS Foundaion Board and its stewardship of contributions, Allen Weatherly, AETN Executive Director and Foundation Director, said. The Arkansas PBS Foundaion is a critical partner in providing the public television programming on AETN that Arkansans have relied upon for over 40 years.

The Arkansas PBS Foundaion exists to raise the funds necessary to support AETNs mission of enhancing lives through trusted public television programs and educational services. The Arkansas PBS Foundaion provides Arkansans with opportunities to connect with the only statewide public media outlet by becoming a financial donor, corporate or foundation partner, volunteer or by other means of giving.

The Arkansas PBS ( provides lifelong learning opportunities, improves and enhances Arkansans lives and celebrates the unique culture of Arkansas through its programming and services. AETNs transmitters and numerous cable system connections give it statewide reach.