Troy Public Radio presented $10K grant by Neil Patrick Harris

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — An exciting announcement was made last December that greatly affected Troy Public Radio (TPR): a $10,000 grant.

“They said, ‘We’re going to hold a live stream, so send out the link,’ but then they said ‘We also have a donation from a generous corporate sponsor of ten thousand dollars and we’re going to hold a drawing. One station that’s participating will win ten thousand dollars,’” said Kyle Gassiott, Director of Troy Public Radio.

The grant was presented by actor Neil Patrick Harris and radio personality Ira Glass. Troy Public Radio, among hundreds of other stations, entered in a raffle for this grant.

“It was just a randomly chosen station,” Gassiott continued. “In fact, the email in which we entered was just a two-word email. They said ‘Do you want to be part of it?’ and I said ‘Yes please.’”

Troy Public Radio was the lucky winner.

“She said ‘Are you sitting down?’ and I said ‘I am now,’ and she said “Well, I’ve got big news for you. If you weren’t watching last night, you guys were the station that was randomly chosen and you got ten thousand dollars,’” said Gassiott.

Troy Public Radio plans on using the money from the grant to extend its programming and give back to its viewers.

“It’s just another way that we can extend the service that we do,” Gassiott explained. “Really, it’s all about them giving to the station and us being able to give back through this generous gift.”

Gassiott told TrojanVision that Troy Public Radio is very grateful for this award and honored to be recognized by such a well-known program.

“Thank you, Ira Glass, thank you, Neil Patrick Harris, thank you, This American Life,” said Gassiott. “It was really just a great moment for us.”

You can watch the moment TPR won the grant by visiting this YouTube link. The drawing happens at 1:12:30.

For more information about TPR, click here.