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Dylan Hauser-Shaulk and Gabe White are pictured during a broadcast from KMUN's antiquated studio.

ASTORIA — The Clatsop County Cultural Coalition provided money this month for local nonprofits during an annual awards ceremony at Clatsop Community College in Astoria.

Among the dozen Clatsop County recipients this year was the Tillicum Foundation, which operates Coast Community Radio.

Station Manager Graham Nystrom sought a grant to upgrade two production studios at the Coast Community Radio station. Nystrom said that computers and software in these rooms are ancient and have functional limitations that inhibit the production of quality, local programming.

The purpose of the station is to provide the opportunity for community members to produce culturally relevant, creative content, the station said in a press release. The studios are heavily used by staff and programmers, especially in training new volunteer on air people including high school students.

The upgrade will take a couple of days. It involves installation, setup and configuration of computer workstations, software and broadcast audio equipment. “When complete this project will improve, expand and preserve our facilities and training services. We are very appreciative to the Cultural Coalition for providing Coast Community Radio this opportunity,” states Nystrom.

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