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Radio Station


7.(d) Recommendations of the Committee on Radio, consisting of H. J. Skornia, Lee Norvelle, Lawrence Wheeler and E. Ross Bartley, were presented. It is proposed that Indiana University own and operate in Bloomington a 10 Kilowatt FM non-commercial educational station with the call letters WIUB (Indiana University, Bloomington), and that to reach the portions of the State not reached by this Bloomington transmitter, small, unattended transmitters called boosters be erected in certain areas of the State (e.g. Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, Gary, South Bend and Evansville) these areas to be selected on the basis of further analysis by University authorities of coverage needed and further analysis of coverage potentialities by competent FM engineers. The FCC recognizes the right of State Universities to such an arrangement, although commercial stations are prevented from owning such boosters or satellites by the single-market area ruling.

A rough estimate of cost is as follows:


10 KW (Tentatively recommended) $ 30,000 - 50,000
KW (may be feasible) 20,000 - 40,000
Boosters (estimated 50-100 watts power) each 2,500 - 3,500

The eventual estimated annual cost of personnel for operating the station each year adequately and to the credit of the University would be approximately $45,000.00, which is about $35,000.00 gore than now spent for radio personnel. However, each station staff member would also be an instructional staff member, providing instruction in a greatly enlarged curriculum of radio.

President Wells and others expressed the belief that we should have a commercial station for financial reasons and for the training of students in commercial announcing. There are two or three state universities now operating commercial stations. FM can not be received on present sets.

The Board gave the matter extended discussion end will consider it again at an early meeting.


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