LCRA, PEC award $20,179 grant to Wimberley Valley Radio Station

Backup generators, propane system will help station stay on the air during emergencies

Dec. 6, 2016


LCRA and Pedernales Electric Cooperative representatives present a $20,179 grant to Wimberley Valley Radio to purchase an emergency generator and propane system for its radio station and tower. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Tessa Schmidtzinsky, PEC representative; Shelly Buse, Wimberley Valley Radio board member; Susan Raybuck, radio board member emeritus; Lynne Flocke, radio board member; DuAnne Redus, radio board treasurer; Mike Crusham, station manager and radio board vice president; and Rick Arnic, LCRA governmental affairs representative.


Wimberley Valley Radio will be able to purchase an emergency generator and propane system for its radio station and tower thanks to a $20,179 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

The emergency generators will help ensure the station can remain on air to provide critical information to the community during emergencies such as floods. As the only full-service, local interest, non-commercial radio station in the area, the station provides information to more than 5,000 households.

“For the first time, residents of the Wimberley Valley will have access to vital information during states of emergency, even if TV and cell phone service has been interrupted,” said DuAnne Redus, treasurer of the Wimberley Valley Radio Board of Directors. “The recent wildfires in Tennessee have demonstrated how quickly and unexpectedly a community can find itself in need.”

Wimberley Valley Radio was created after the deadly 2015 Memorial Day floods that struck the Wimberley area. The floods caused widespread interruption of internet, cell phone coverage, cable television and electricity, making it difficult for many in the area to receive timely emergency information. The station became fully operational in February 2016.

The City of Wimberley has provided a matching contribution of $5,691.

The community grant is awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants are due Jan. 31, 2017. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA

The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40​ parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit lcra.org.

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