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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – Last week at the SOAR Summit in Pikeville, 11 area projects received grants totaling nearly $25 million. One project that received a share of these funds was the new Country Music Highway 23 (CMH 23) radio and television studio at the Mountain Arts Center.
CMH 23, MAC, and Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) have partnered to provide more educational opportunities for those interested in entering the broadcasting industry. The $1 million grant will help equip the studio with state-of-the-art equipment for hands-on learning.
“It gives people of all ages a hands-on learning experience to learn what it’s like to help write and produce a radio show or programming,” said Jill Hamlin, content creator and producer. of MHC 23.
Hamlin is also Associate Director of Fine Arts at BSCTC and says the studio will boost tourism in the area with a greater focus on local talent.
“Here in the heart of the mountains we sometimes get bypassed or overlooked, but really and truly that’s where our talent is,” Hamlin said. “We have so much talent, so much culture, and that’s just one more reason to come see us.”
Enable artists to get more attention for their work and more educational opportunities for those interested in broadcasting or television. Not just for Prestonsburg or Floyd County, but for all of Eastern Kentucky.
“We’re trying to do everything from top to bottom of US-23 and capitalize on the talent that we have to try and bring people to the area,” said Prestonsburg Mayor and CMH Secretary and Treasurer. 23, The Stapletons.
Preparing artists for future careers and investing in young creative minds across Appalachia.
“We want our artists, the artists who come to share their stories to share their talents with CMH 23, to be as prepared as possible when those phone calls or door knocks come,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin and Stapleton added that you can find out more about CMH 23 on its website or on its social media pages.
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