The Public Radio Satellite System has received a $66,000 grant from CPB to enhance emergency messaging for six public broadcasters in California.
PRSS will provide the stations hardware and software to receive emergency messaging through its MetaPub service, which delivers metadata to provide stations with images and related information to complement broadcasts on mobile and digital platforms.
The participating stations will receive the alerts during the Oct. 20 Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake simulation drill. The stations are KPBS in San Diego, KCRW in Santa Monica, KPCC in Pasadena, KQED in San Francisco, KCBX in San Luis Obispo and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.
Following the drill, stations will be “allowed and encouraged to incorporate metadata into their operations, whether for emergency communications or just program information in general,” according to a PRSS spokesperson.