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August 15, 2003

International Visitor Tours RSU-TV, Radio Facilities

A community radio station manager from Soweto, South Africa, toured Rogers State University's broadcasting facilities on Friday and met with faculty and station personnel to discuss common issues facing broadcasters worldwide.

Tshepo Mahange, group managing director for Soweto Media Resource Center and JOZI FM in Soweto, South Africa, was in the United States to learn about broadcast principles, practices and history here. His organization operates South Africa's largest community radio station, which broadcasts to Soweto and Johannesburg.

SU is the only public university in Oklahoma with a full-powered television station and a radio station.

David Nelson, RSU instructor and faculty operations manager for RSU Radio (91.3 FM), and Alan Lambert, RSU Radio general manager, gave Mahange a tour of the radio station's facilities and discussed how the station operates. Dale McKinney, RSU-TV production manager, then provided a tour of the television station's set, control room and master control center to discuss the television station's operations.

His visit to northeast Oklahoma was organized by the Tulsa Global Alliance.

RSU-TV reaches an audience of about 1.2 million people within a 75-mile radius of its Claremore campus. The station is Oklahoma's only full-powered television station operated on a public university campus. RSU-TV is a key component to RSU's distance learning programs, which includes telecourses and live interactive programming. RSU-TV broadcasts under the call letters KRSC on UHF channel 35, Claremore and Tulsa cable channel 19, and more than 70 cable systems in northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

RSU Radio, broadcasting at 91.3 FM, is the Tulsa metropolitan area's only source for commercial-free college radio. The station also broadcasts many specialty shows supporting a diverse range of musical interests, and the station's content is streamed live over the internet at www.rsuradio.com.