Fund Borrower WDDE Celebrates First Year On-Air

When Delaware First Media, an online news service, decided to launch their first radio station they turned to the Public Radio Fund for start-up assistance in funding equipment and staffing needs. With a $105,000 acquisition loan from the Fund, Delaware First Media launched WDDE, broadcasting NPR and local news service to a coverage area of 100,000 people in Delaware. Focusing on high-quality journalism for the public interest, WDDE is a collaborative venture between Delaware State University and the University of Delaware. WDDE just celebrated their one year anniversary and based upon the station’s initial success, programming expansion is already in the works.