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Feb. 19, 2016
Remodeled studios and upgraded equipment at Northwest Missouri State University's award-winning National Public Radio affiliate, KXCV, are further enhancing the station’s quality programming and the professional experience students receive.
“All the students so far have been floored,” Station Manager Rodney Harris said of the project, which was completed in the fall. “We’ve had some alumni back that are super envious of the kids now. The kids that have come through to start the year just can’t believe it and just can’t wait to get in the studios. I think it’s done everything we wanted it to do as far as creating a showcase atmosphere.”
Glass-fronted studios with new equipment, furniture and paint have replaced the antiquated and institutionalized look of the old studios. The new studios serve as production spaces as well as classrooms and provide more flexibility to conduct interviews with multiple guests at once. Some of the amenities include a larger sound board and sound-absorbing walls.
Previously, KXCV did not have a conference room. Now it has a space for staff meetings, webinars and underwriting presentations – equipped with a 62-inch television monitor.
“The goal was to make a more open, modern and creative workspace that’s visually appealing for our students as well,” Harris said. “We also wanted it to be a showcase for tours because we have a lot of prospective students and parents visit.”
|Brandon Travis, a student staff member at KXCV, interviews a Northwest student in one of the radio station's remodeled studios.|
KXCV (90.5 FM) signed on to the air in 1971 as the first full-power public radio service in Missouri and has evolved into a signature example of the profession-based experiences Northwest offers students. It complements KZLX – Northwest’s student-managed, low-power FM station – and gives students an opportunity to gain broadcasting experience immediately.
With 100,000 watts behind it, KXCV provides in-depth news and information with an alternative music format – and all of its programming emanates from the Northwest campus. In 1993, KXCV’s sister station, KRNW (88.9), went on the air in Chillicothe and extended the programming across most of the northern 25 percent of Missouri. KXCV also is the flagship of the Bearcat Radio Network, which produces all Northwest football and basketball broadcasts and game feeds to five commercial radio affiliates throughout the four-state region.
The studios, however, had not undergone a major remodel since the mid 1980s when they were moved to Wells Hall in the aftermath of the 1979 Administration Building fire.
The station employs about 25 students each year who primarily represent majors in the School of Communication and Mass Media and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. While the station broadcasts 24/7, on-air student staff sign on as early as 5:30 in the morning and sign off about 1:15 a.m.
One of those students is Brandon Travis, a senior mass media broadcast production major from Independence, Missouri. Travis works as an on-air announcer and student manager. He also produces “All Things Northwest,” a monthly program featuring Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski interviewing community leaders about topics concerning the region, and is head engineer for the Bearcat Radio Network.
“I love working on the technical side of broadcasting,” Travis, who began working at KXCV as a freshman, said. “I spent time in the studios while the new equipment was being installed, and I was able to see how a radio studio comes together. This project added more broadcasting equipment to experiment with and allows us to use it to its full potential.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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