CSU Department of Communication Student Radio Program Picked Up By Local Fox Sports Affiliate

CSURadioStudioCOLUMBUS, Ga.Columbus Public Radio (CPR), a general topic radio show produced independently by students in Columbus State University’s Department of Communication within the department’s Nonprofit and Civic Engagement (NPACE) Center, learned Thursday their weekly production will be carried by Fox Sports WSHE 1270 AM on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The students began development of the program at the beginning of the fall semester, which suggests a rapid progression to broadcast.

CPR is a program designed to cover a broad scope of current events, public affairs, sports, and politics relevant to residents throughout the Chattahoochee Valley region. The program provides two hours of content, broken into 4 segments. Each segment is written, recorded, and produced by CSU communication students. The final product is a piece of professional work for their portfolio when seeking employment after college.

CPR is the result of a local partnership between CSU’s Department of Communication and local radio broadcasting partner, PMB Broadcasting. The studio in the department’s NPACE Center is the byproduct of the charitable contributions of PMB Broadcasting owner and philanthropist, James “Jimbo” Martin. In addition to providing industry-standard technology to the department, Martin has also provided communication students with access to on-air talent and the production staff working with PMB, including Sales Director Dave Arwood and DJs Damon Free and Bear O’Brian.

The partnership with PMB is in keeping with the Department of Communication’s commitment to giving its students real world experience by applying skills learned in the classroom while working with professionals in the community. In addition to the department’s on-air radio access, they have also audio and video recording spaces designed to permit for television, film, and digital audio and video production for web distribution. The choice to provide an integrated media curriculum centers on the department’s commitment to providing an education that prepares its majors for a 21st century job market.

Danna Gibson, chair of the Department of Communication, said of the broadcast, “This is in keeping with our mission to provide students with an education that makes them effective professionals in their community. Second, the focus of the show’s content speaks to our department’s mission to enhance the quality of civic life in our city of Columbus.”

CSU's Department of Communication, based in the Carpenters Building on CSU's RiverPark campus, also offers conventional Bachelor of Arts degree tracks in mass media and communication studies, as well as an online three-year B.A. in communication with a civic leadership focus.

Those interested in hearing the show outside of the broadcast footprint of 1270 WSHE AM can hear the broadcast on the iheart radio app or through tunein.com by searching for WSHE.

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