The department of Educational Telecommunications provides public service broadcasting to the community, professional training for students, and creates and distributes media content that serves WKU and the citizens of Kentucky.
We are responsible for the operation of WKU Public Radio, WKYU-PBS, The Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network, and WKU's two CATV systems.
In addition, we provide video production services for the campus constituency and outside organizations. In addition to our professional staff, we employ many WKU students part-time, allowing them to gain valuable real-world experience.
WKU Public Radio
WKU Public Radio is a regional network of four radio stations, with studios and offices on the WKU campus:
- WKYU-FM 88.9, Bowling Green
- WDCL-FM 89.7, Somerset
- WKPB-FM 89.5, Henderson/Owensboro
- WKUE-FM 90.9, Elizabethtown
- plus live webstreaming at wkyufm.org
Founded in 1980, WKU Public Radio serves a population of 1.3 million people, providing high-quality news and information services to more than 60% of Kentucky as well as southern Indiana and northern Tennessee. WKU Public Radio presents news, information, cultural and entertainment programs, with a particular focus on issues of importance and interest to our region.
WKYU-PBS, Western’s Public Television Station, broadcasts informative, educational, and culturally diverse television programs within a high-quality, non-commercial broadcast format. WKYU-PBS broadcasts on Channel 24 to a population of over 250,000 citizens of Kentucky and is carried on over 20 cable systems throughout south-central Kentucky.
The Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network
The Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network serves as the production and distribution unit of Educational Telecommunications to provide network-quality coverage of Western Kentucky University athletics. Each year HSSN originates 15 to 20 Hilltopper men’s and women’s basketball games. These games are carried not only on WKYU-PBS, but are also seen nationwide through a distribution agreement with Fox College Sports Network, providing Western’s athletics a national exposure to over 43 million households.
Campus Cable Systems
The Department of Educational Telecommunications operates the two Western Kentucky University campus cable TV distribution systems. “Academic Cable” provides cable television services to classrooms on campus for educational purposes. “Western Cable” is the television service that is distributed in the residence halls on campus. This service provides over 40 channels of entertainment and information to the resident students of WKU.
WKYU Production Services
Our Production department provides production services, not only for our on-air product, but also produces high-quality videos and video-based learning products for the university and organizations throughout Western’s service area. Our award winning production staff has the expertise to provide our clients with outstanding video programs to meet their varied needs. Visit the Services pages for more information.
WKU Public Radio's Dan Modlin Inducted Into The Kentucky Journalism Hall Of Fame
Dan Modlin, who recently retired as News Director at WKU Public Radio, will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
"It is a great honor, and I want to thank the many fine reporters, colleagues, and outstanding student interns who worked with me at WKU Public Radio over the years" said Modlin. "I was blessed to work with a lot of good people. We worked very hard to provide fair, informative coverage of a lot of issues that were impacting the lives of people in the region."
"And on a personal note, this means a lot to my family. My father taught me the importance of credibility and ethics in journalism and he was inducted into the Indiana Broadcaster's Hall of Fame several years ago. I think he would have been very pleased by this announcement."
Dan Modlin's work at WKU Public Radio contributed to numerous national and state awards for documentary production, public affairs reporting, and enterprise reporting.
WKU Public Radio Honored by the Kentucky Associated Press
WKU Public Radio received numerous awards in statewide competition at a recent Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters 2012 Awards banquet at the Galt House in Louisville.
Lisa Autry was named Best Radio Reporter for her body of work over the year. Lisa also received a First Place award for Best Public Affairs for her report on synthetic marijuana.
Assistant News Director Kevin Willis received the Best Sports Feature/Special for his report on Russell Athletics' uniform contract with WKU sports.
WKU Public Radio also received the Best Website award.
Among other awards, News Director Dan Modlin received a Second Place Award for his coverage of the arrest of two terrorist suspects in Bowling Green and an Honorable Mention for his continuing coverage of the story, and Morning Edition host/news anchor Joe Corcoran was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Light News Feature for his report on A New Way of Farming.
WKYU-PBS Receives National Award for Energy-Efficient Lighting System
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored WKYU-PBS with its Enterprise and Innovation Award this October in recognition of the conversion of WKYU's television studio lighting system to a state-of-the-art LED lighting system.
The NETA Enterprise and Innovation Award recognizes emerging service models reflecting the evolution from legacy services to public media. According to NETA, "WKYU-PBS and Western Kentucky University embody the reason for the award. Faced with an all too familiar problems these days – a tight budget, and conscious of long-term capital expenditure needs, theirs is an innovation based on necessity. The judges were deeply impressed with WKYU's willingness to rethink, adapt, and problem solve...to provide a state-of-the-art solution."
Earlier this year, WKYU-PBS received a regional Emmy award in technical achievement for the LED project.
Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship Recipient Announced
Cameron Epperson has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Charles M. Anderson Public Broadcasting Fellowship. He will perform his fellowship duties over the summer of 2012 in the WKYU-TV production department, assuming a leadership role in the integration of a new mobile production unit. A Broadcasting major from Louisville, KY, he expects to receive his Bachelor’s degree in 2013. Among his other responsibilities in TV production, Cameron has operated handheld camera for HSSN/Fox College Sports broadcasts since his first semester as a freshman. A highly competiitive award, the Anderson Fellowship was established to allow students to gain in-depth exposure to the professional environment of WKU Public Broadcasting.