On the Air with Room to Spare

August 9, 2011 — Campus Highlights

The newly constructed KCLU Broadcast Center located on North Campus Drive was dedicated on a sunny afternoon in May.

Relocated from tiny studios in a campus residence hall, the new high-tech 6,570-square-foot center houses the Paulucci Studios, the Martin V. and Martha K. Smith Education Suite and a community room/performance space.

All Things Considered anchor Dave Meyer, front right, shows guests the equipment in Studio 2B Master Control room. Everything that happens on air is controlled from this room, the nucleus of the station.

Mary Olson, general manager of KCLU; Board of Regents member Rod Gilbert, chair of the Construction Oversight Committee; and CLU President Chris Kimball welcomed guests to the joyful occasion.

Following the dedication, attendees were invited to take self-guided tours through the two-story building. The second story of the broadcast center includes production studios, a talk studio (large enough for four guests), master control room, newsroom, engineering center and administrative offices.

On the ground floor are the community room/performance space, which will be used to host forums, speakers, receptions and debates (the room is wired to air live broadcasts), and the education suite, which includes a large classroom and production studios to enable CLU students to have their own Internet radio station.

KCLU went on the air in the fall of 1994. Since then the station has won numerous awards for excellence, and its audience and broadcast area have expanded.

On their way to tour the Paulucci Studios, visitors pass a built-in trophy case displaying KCLU’s Golden Mike, Mark Twain, L.A. Press Club, and Radio and Television News Directors Association awards.