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Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: July 6, 2009

WOSU Public Media has received a national My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

WOSU was recognized for outreach efforts related to the digital television transition and creating a model for helping those at-risk that was unique in the country. WOSU launched a “Help Your Neighbor” program early in 2008 in order to solicit nearly 3,000 unused converter box coupons from the community. WOSU then secured 3,000 converter boxes and, partnering with the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, LifeCare Alliance, and a number of community volunteers, installed the boxes in the homes of at-risk seniors.

WOSU also made itself available through a series of call-in programs and by establishing a hotline to answer the community’s questions related to the digital conversion. The program and hotline was promoted through spots on WOSU TV and WOSU Radio. These calls also resulted in the deployment of WOSU teams to assist callers in hooking up their converter boxes. That work is still going on at WOSU with staff and volunteers through July 31st.

If you need help with the transition of your analog television to digital reception. Please call us at 1-866-723-4626 and we’ll try to help! For more information about our DTV assistance, link here to go to our website.