PULLMAN, Wash. — A broadcasting change by Northwest Public Radio, based at Washington State University, gives listeners in the Ephrata/Soap Lake area a new option.

NWPR has activated a new translator at 93.1 FM. While some of the programming duplicates what is already heard on KLWS (91.5) in Moses Lake, much of the programming is different, said Roger Johnson, NWPR station manager.

“The most significant difference is the more than 70 hours of classical music available each week,” said Johnson. Other programs unique to this service include Inland Folk, Fresh Blend, True Blues, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Music From the Hearts of Space, Echoes, Jazz After Hours, and The Thistle and Shamrock.

Translators such as this are required by the Federal Communications Commission to broadcast at lower power levels, Johnson said. “As such, the strength of the signal will vary from location to location. Where the signal is weak, it’s best to use a radio to which an external antenna can be attached.”

Information about Northwest Public Radio, including a program schedule for this new service, is available at www.nwpr.org. A free copy of NWPR’s program guide may be obtained by calling 800/842-8991.