CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
Request for Proposal
Radio Engineering Consulting Services
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announces a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) for radio technical and engineering consulting services to CPB’s Media Technologies office and the Radio Digital Grants Program as further described below.
The intent of the RFP is to identify and select an experienced radio engineering consultant that will provide engineering consultative services and assistance to CPB’s Media Technologies office on IBOC (HD Radio) developments, practices, and trends; provide engineering consultative services to Radio Digital Conversion Program applicants and grantees; serve as technical liaison between CPB, applicants and grantees, NPR, PRI, broadcast equipment manufacturer and distributors, iBiquity Digital Corporation as well as other related parties, and support for policy, protocol and agenda setting of CPB’s Radio Digital Conversion Program.
I. Scope of Work
The Public Radio HD Conversion Grant Program provides matching funds to qualified public radio stations to convert existing analog transmission facilities to IBOC capacity. CPB has awarded 559 Radio Digital Conversion Grants since 2003 for IBOC conversion projects. 395 projects are currently open and at varying stages of completion. Another 312 eligible stations have yet to apply for any radio digital conversion funds through CPB’s Radio Digital Conversion Program. CPB’s preliminary estimate is that all eligible stations will be converted to IBOC digital operation by 12/31/2012.
The successful vendor will provide the following consultative services and deliverables to CPB and applicant stations for a term of one year:
Provide pre-grant technical assistance to eligible public radio stations
composed of an overview radio frequency system analysis of current analog transmission facilities with the objective of converting such facilities to the
iBiquity IBOC digital standard.
Provide advice and recommendations to stations with regard to the
advantages and disadvantages of available HD transmission plant configurations
Based on station needs and available industry equipment, vendor will
make recommendations to CPB of specific pieces of HD transmission equipment
that should be eligible under the program