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Northwest's KNWT studio in Wells Hall recently underwent an extensive upgrade that features all-new equipment and state-of-the-art technology.

Northwest's KNWT studio in Wells Hall recently underwent an extensive upgrade that features all-new equipment and state-of-the-art technology. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

March 7, 2014

Broadcasting students taking advantage of TV studio upgrades

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

KNWT upgrade

Northwest Missouri State University’s award-winning, student-led television station KNWT, recently underwent upgrades that give current and future broadcasting students cutting-edge experience in their field.

The studio, located in Wells Hall, is the home of new state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including a new switcher, television monitors, cameras and an audio board. The renovations are the last of a three-phase upgrade.

“We have a broad mission in the communication and mass media department,” said Will Murphy, television and video engineer for Northwest and KNWT. ”We want to provide students with a multi-purpose learning experience that they can use in their futures. This new equipment is built around the idea that students who use it, and who are going into professional studios, will be overly prepared.”

The completely digital and high-definition studio will better prepare Northwest students for futures in television and audio production. Northwest broadcasting students are enthusiastic about the additions.

“Everyone was so excited for the upgrade,” said Chance Parsons, a senior broadcast production major from Independence. “This means students will have training on some of the newest industry-standard equipment as well as be able to master it on a professional level before graduating.”

In addition to the upgrades, the department is enhancing its audio program, making it the most extensive between Kansas City and Omaha. Students will not only learn about audio production for television and radio, but for recording purposes and audio as an art form.

“It’s going to be extremely positive,” said Dr. Matt Walker, communication and mass media department chair. “Our students will have a better opportunity to make a quicker transition from college to the workplace because they have more up-to-date tools to use.”

To fuel their learning, eight Northwest students will attend the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters Show in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The students will attend the show and take on professional training at the Post Production World Conference within the event,” Murphy said. “They show so much initiative in and out of the classroom and are great representatives of the University.”

Northwest student media is nationally competitive and regularly garners recognition from national college media associations. Students involved in Northwest student media organizations gain real-world learning experiences in radio, television and print, through a converged print and online newspaper, a yearbook with DVD supplement, an online arts and entertainment magazine, video and audio recording studios, and through internships. For more information about the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Northwest, visit 

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468