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WORT-FM looks to make security improvements after shooting

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WORT FM radio station is looking to transition to a key card security system. WORT FM radio station is looking to transition to a key card security system.
A volunteer works to repair the glass that was broken by a bullet. A volunteer works to repair the glass that was broken by a bullet.

MADISON (WKOW) -- The WORT-FM radio station community is looking to move forward and make changes following Sunday's shooting. 

More than three dozen staff members gathered at the station Tuesday night to discuss future improvements to building security. Some of the suggestions from staff members included transitioning to a key card system.

Molly Stentz, the News Director at WORT, told 27 News that while security is a top priority, paying for advanced security systems is expensive for small stations.

"People are offering their support, but it could be tens of thousands of dollars to put in the types of systems that we might need, the key card system. So that's what we're trying to figure out right now is just how much would those cost."

Stentz also notes that occupying an aging building makes updating security measures even more difficult. 

"You know, our building is decades old, it wasn't built to be a radio station, we retrofitted it."

Stentz says since the shooting, donations have poured in from around the world to help fund WORT's new security systems. 

"One of the challenges is we're a nonprofit so we're not part of a state system, we're not part of a larger network, we're one building, we're one station, we're nonprofit, we raise all of our money from listeners and businesses, people that want us to be here."

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