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Dec. 2, 2003

New Edition of RSU Student News Magazine To Air

The latest edition of the student news magazine featuring news and stories from Rogers State University premiers this week on RSU-TV and will be broadcast again several times this month.

This new edition of RSU Magazine debuts 9 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, on the university's television station, which broadcasts on UHF channel 35, Claremore and Tulsa cable channel 19, and more than 70 cable systems in northeastern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. The show will be rebroadcast at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 21.

The show was reported and written by RSU students with mentoring provided by RSU broadcasting faculty and the RSU-TV production department. This is the third installment of the program, which premiered in the spring.

The students produced news stories on topics including the naming ceremony for RSU's new $4 million Stratton Taylor Library, the conversion of RSU-TV to a digital broadcasting signal, Oklahoma's EDGE economic development session that RSU helped host and a campus chili cookoff contest.

Chris Anderson of Claremore served as the show's producer, with Katie Hart of Claremore serving as associate producer. Steve Doyle and Misti Grannemann, both of Claremore, were the show's anchors. Reporters included Anderson; Sheila Blankenship of Pittsburg, Okla.; Doyle, Rana Peters and James Walker, all of Claremore; and Camee Wyatt of Stigler, Okla. In-studio camera operators were Dexter Hardy of Claremore and Wyatt. Ryan Prewitt of Claremore provided electronic graphics, and Prewitt and Tywone Parks of Haskell served as photojournalists.

Dale McKinney, RSU-TV production manager, served as director with Parks as technical director. The students were mentored by RSU-TV production department members Tim Yoder, Mona King and Bryan Crain and RSU broadcast faculty Dr. Paul Shaffer and David Nelson.

RSU is the only university in Oklahoma to operate its own full-power public television station and is currently in the process of adding digital television capabilities.

The university currently offers an associate's degree in radio/television, and is seeking approval to offer a bachelor's degree in communications with options in radio-television or corporate communications. Utilizing the on-campus, broadcasting facilities, the academic program provides students with practical "hands-on" experience in the studios of RSU-TV and RSU Radio (91.3 FM). A combination of technical and lecture courses provides students with a basic exposure to radio and television broadcasting, news writing and more.

RSU-TV broadcasts at 2.75 million watts and reaches an audience of about 1.2 million people within a 75-mile radius. RSU-TV is a key component to RSU's distance learning programs, which include telecourses and live interactive programming.