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Amy Dalrymple, Published December 12 2009

NDSU launches student-run TV station

Students at a new North Dakota State University television station produced their first news broadcast this week.

“ ’SUTV News” is a student-produced show that will appear weekly on NDSU’s first student-run television station, called the Bison Information Network.

“We want to focus on campus and things that affect campus,” said Kaylyn Stroh, the show’s executive producer and news director.

In addition to weekly half-hour newscasts, the station will broadcast NDSU club sports and other student-produced shows.

Eventually the station will have student-produced content 24 hours a day.

The station will broadcast on campus. Students also are exploring streaming content on the Web.

Rich Lodewyk, the broadcast program director for NDSU’s communication department, said they’re also looking into off-campus broadcast options.

The NDSU student government’s technology commission started the initiative for a TV station in 2007 to complement the student-run newspaper and radio station.

Nearly $500,000 in student fees was used for equipment, the set, furnishings and to renovate the studio space.

The station is in the Bison Block at 1414 12th Ave. N.

NDSU has added new broadcast classes, including a television studio production class and sports broadcasting.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590