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WZXT-FM Wins Contract to Broadcast V.I. Legislature

WXZT-FM 90.9 "Papi Love" radio has won the contract to broadcast the V.I. Legislature’s sessions and committee hearings on St. Croix, replacing Reef Broadcasting’s WDHP-AM 1620.
On St. Thomas, the island’s longtime provider WIUJ-FM 102.9 will continue to broadcast under a new contract.
Bids for new contracts were solicited in some V.I. newspapers back in November. The contracts had not yet expired, but they both allow either party to cancel with 30 days notice, Senate President Louis Hill said Friday.
"When I took over the role of president, I noticed there was a huge discrepancy between the cost on St. Croix and St. Thomas," Hill said. On St. Thomas, the annual cost was roughly $60,000, versus $80,000 on St. Croix, he said.
The Reef Broadcasting agreement was a closed, no-bid contract awarded without any public participation, according to Hill.
When his efforts to negotiate a lower price on St. Croix were unsuccessful, he decided to put the contracts back out to bid.
"We got two bids on St. Croix, and unfortunately only one on St. Thomas, and so I went with the lowest offers," Hill said. The terms are still under negotiation, but the new contract will save between $10,000 and $20,000 per year, he said.
Reef Broadcasting also provided online streaming audio of the Legislature. That will discontinue with the new contract, and Hill was not certain if Papi Love will have that service.
However, online streaming video, with sound, will continue to be provided directly from the Legislature at www.kallaloo.com and at the V.I. Legislature’s website (www.legvi.org.)

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