Publish Date: 4/22/2008
December 7, 2007
MANSFIELD, PA (12/7/07) - Mansfield University students will soon be using state-of- the- art audio equipment thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB) and University funding.
The Communication and Theatre Department received a $6,000 grant from the PAB and the University provided an additional $4,000 toward the purchase of equipment to update the two audio center studios in the Butler Center. Audio Production, Television and Radio Announcing and Introduction to Mass Media are all taught in the studios. Students also use the studios to create audio projects.
Two new Harris digital/analog audio consoles, two Electro-Voice RE-20 broadcast quality microphones, and two Marantz CD recorders will be installed while students are on semester break. The new equipment will bring the studios more in line with broadcast industry standards and will benefit broadcast students for years to come.
“The broadcasting students will be excited about the changes in the Butler studios,” Instructor Gary McIntyre said. “The new technology will enable the students to produce more quality-sounding projects. The department appreciates the efforts of the PAB to further the education of broadcasting students statewide and the generous funds which have been granted to Mansfield. We also appreciate the support of the University for providing the matching funds and their recognition to improve our program.”
McIntyre was lead writer on the grant proposal. Assistant Professor Charles Hoy and Instructor James Lohrey were also involved.
PAB established the “Educational Fund” in 2006 and invited all 2007 PAB members, Pennsylvania colleges, universities and technical schools with a broadcast curriculum or broadcast license, to submit grant proposals for up to $10,000 per school per year. $50,000 was set aside in 2007-2008 to fund the program.
Last year (2006-2007), PAB extended grants to 14 educational projects, including Mansfield University. PAB received proposals from 28 educational institutions.
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