Funding for Children’s Radio Passes Committee

$50,000 to Department of Cultural Affairs Would Create Contract for Programming

Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s bill to support children’s radio programming in New Mexico unanimously passed the House Local Government, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

“Children’s radio creates a magical opportunity for kids to create programming that reflects their interests, personalities and dreams,” Armstrong said. “From learning technical production skills to making new friends, children’s radio benefits the kids involved and all the listeners.”

HB 40 appropriates $50,000 to the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs to create a contract to produce children’s radio programming in the state.

The Children’s Hour, a New Mexico-produced children’s radio program, is an example of the quality programming that Armstrong is looking to support and the nonprofit organization that produces the show is supporting HB 40.

HB 40 now goes to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee for consideration.

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About Rep. Armstrong: Debbie, Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, is a long-time health care advocate serving her second term in the New Mexico House of Representatives. Having started her career as a physical therapist, she has worked extensively as a health care administrator, working 10 years with Presbyterian Medical Services in Santa Fe. Prior to serving as Secretary of New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Terms Services Department, she oversaw the department’s Consumer and Elder Rights Division. Debbie is the mother of three adult children. She lives in Albuquerque’s North Valley.  Follow her on Twitter @NMRepArmstrong and on Facebook, and sign up for email and text updates.

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