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KU’s student TV station expanding its reach

June 12, 2012

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A Kansas University television station is now available to AT&T U-Verse subscribers in the Kansas City area, and plans call for KUJH-TV to expand to other U-verse customers across the state in the coming months.

KUJH-TV is operated by the KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The station airs several student programs in addition to other university videos, Dole Institute programs and the university’s commencement ceremonies. Knology cable subscribers in Lawrence can find it on channel 31.

Terry Bryant, the station’s general manager, said though much of the content on the station is produced by students, they do not make programming decisions for the station. Planning to expand the station’s reach through the AT&T service started early last semester.

“We’re really excited about it,” Bryant said.

On U-verse in the Kansas City area (which includes Lawrence), subscribers can find the station on channel 99. When U-verse viewers tune to that station, they get a menu allowing them to select from several public access and educational programs. KUJH was added to the list in Kansas City last week, Bryant said.

Steve Lambert, manager of installation and maintenance for KU Information Services, said he helped install and upgrade KU’s infrastructure to help the university transmit the signal to AT&T. As a result, the channel will now be available in high definition for on-campus cable subscribers, he said. Using several existing pieces of equipment, the cost of the necessary upgrades was about $4,000 or so, Lambert said.

Lambert said current plans call for U-verse subscribers in the Topeka and Wichita markets to receive the channel in the coming months. Combined with the Kansas City market, those areas cover much of the state, Bryant said.

“Families can watch when the students are doing the news,” Lambert said. “It’s kind of fun.”

Comments

average 2 years, 1 month ago

Is transmitting KUJH on 14 (either analog or digital) gone for good? I see that KU still holds a license for it, but suspect its day has passed.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 1 month ago

If it is not being used, efforts should be made to afford a community TV station.

Mr. Lambert, typical of KU employees, to the best of my knowledge does not include community efforts. His is a very short-sighted view of what community TV (Kansas wide) could be.

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ksgardener 2 years, 1 month ago

Not to be short sighted or a typical KU employee, this was a collaboration between IT and the Journalism School. If my job were working for the entire community I would have tried to accomplish the same thing. Since I work onlly for KU I figured it best to stay within the parameters of my position. I think that PBS covers local communities quite well. I believe that the short sightedness is in the comment. There is nothing wrong with a typical KU employee doing work for thier employer.

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