The School Department is signing off on WTBR in June. But, Pittsfield Community Television will be signing on in the fall.
The School Committee approved an agreement Thursday which gives management of the Brave FM to PCTV. The organization will be transforming the station into a hybrid model of a community and educational medium and bolstering the station's offerings.
PCTV, WTBR, is a match made in heaven, according to School Committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon.
"We've been trying to get out of the radio business for quite some time," Yon said. "The collaboration seems to be the proverbial match made in heaven."
Pittsfield Community Television wants to turn WTBR into a community radio station.
The local public access television organization has put forth a proposal to take over management of The Brave FM. The radio station is set to take on a new life with the demolition of the current school. For nearly four years school officials have been looking for partners to develop a plan to keep the station alive.
Taconic High School's radio station, WTBR, is expected to be under new management within the next year.
The station's license is owned by Pittsfield Public Schools and operates out of Taconic. But the new building does not include space for it and the tower will have to be removed. For years school administrators have been trying to figure out what to do with the state.
The radio station "Brave FM," stationed at Taconic High School, was once under threat of being silenced because of budget and interest. It is now facing the challenge of the new high school project's impacts on the tower location.