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UW-RF Radio Station Benefits from Broadcaster Association Grant
DEC. 10, 2004--WRFW FM 88.7, the UW-River Falls campus radio station
and a Wisconsin Public Radio affiliate, is the recipient of an equipment
grant from the Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association.
The $2,082 grant funds a four-station newsroom software system and the
compatible hardware for the existing WRFW newsroom audio board. The equipment
will be installed summer 2005 in order to prevent disruption of station
UW-RF journalism Associate Professor Sandra Ellis, who authored the grant,
is the principal administrator. Students enrolled in Ellis' broadcast
journalism courses serve as the news staff for the radio station, giving
them hands-on reporting, producing and anchoring experience.
Ellis says the grant gives students the opportunity to work with a professional
integrated newsroom computer system with software capabilities for news
gathering, copy writing, audio recording/editing as well as generating
on-air scripts. The new equipment will allow students to digitally edit
interviews for news and radio documentaries on the computers.
"Today’s radio stations are incorporating digital audio in
their newsrooms," said Ellis. "This upgrade will make our students
better prepared when they begin their careers in the news industry, and
the new software system makes WRFW’s operations more closely resemble
Without the assistance of WBA, the department could not have purchased
the computer system due to budget constraints, said Ellis.
This is the fifth year of the WBA Foundation’s Educational Support
Grants Program. UW-RF was the only grant recipient this year.
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:18 Central Daylight Time