99.3 County FM Receives $30,000 Donation For New Accessibility-Compliant Studio

99.3 County FM Receives $30,000 Donation From

The John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation

Donation will be used to create new, accessibility-compliant recording studio at the Cold Storage Road studio

October 6, 2021, Picton, ON – 99.3 County FM is pleased to announce it has received a $30,000 donation from the John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation for construction of a two-person, accessibility-compliant sound isolation booth (Whisper Booth) and recording studio. Beyond improving and expanding the station’s audio recording capabilities, this new Whisper Booth will allow more people to simultaneously take advantage of the station’s quality recording technology, and support accessibility requirements.

Many advertisers across Prince Edward County use the station’s recording services to support their businesses. The Whisper Booth will offer them additional and much-needed sound recording space. Likewise, the booth will benefit the numerous not-for-profit organizations that value the station’s free-to-use recording technology to conduct live and recorded segments to promote their events, help raise funds and deliver news, information, and entertainment to the community.

“The additional distinct separate recording capabilities helps us to ensure volunteers stay safe during the pandemic and will be especially important as we move past COVID-19’s distancing requirements, and open our studio to more people,” says Craig Mills, General Manager of 99.3 County FM.

Within Prince Edward County are 150+ non-profits seeking communication platforms to reach their audience and build a more connected County. The station’s current in-house broadcasting facilities have restricted its ability to accommodate the increasing demand from these diverse organizations, and to address accessibility requirements of the community, and radio staff and volunteers.

“In June 2019, 99.3 County FM completed an accessibility assessment that highlighted the need to improve our studio’s physical layout to remove physical barriers for wheelchair users and the visually impaired,” Mills adds. “Changes were made, and now through the generous gift from the Parrott Foundation, we can expand our programming and enhance our recording services to ensure the workspace addresses accessibility issues and removes barriers to individuals with mobility or visual challenges.”

Included in the booth’s accessibility features are: wheelchair access ramp, audio-supported keyboard, software for the visually-impaired, and oversized monitors and control devices.

Construction of the Whisper Booth will begin this year, with completion in the spring of 2022.

John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation: Based in Belleville, the John M. and Bernice Parrott Foundation is a philanthropic organization that has, since its inception in 1977, donated millions of dollars to organizations throughout the Quinte region.

99.3 County FM: The radio station was founded in 2012 and has been broadcasting since 2014. As “The Voice of the County” 99.3 County FM is a not-for-profit, community radio station that focuses on the needs of Prince Edward County. 99.3 County FM operates 24/7 and is virtually all volunteer-driven and volunteer-operated.

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Contact: Craig Mills, General Manager, 613-476-2229, gm@993countyfm.ca