Saturday, April 27, 2019

PA Radio: VIA Public Media To Acquire Non-com WVBU-FM

Bucknell University’s campus radio station in Lewisburg, PAwill move to a streaming-only platform and VIA Public Media will take over the terrestrial station as part of an agreement between the entities, according to The Sunbury Daily Item.

Bucknell’s WVBU 90.5 FM will take on a new name when it transitions to streaming-only, operating online as well as TuneIn Inc. Programming will be finalized by the fall semester.

WVBU 90.5 FM (225 watts)
VIA Public Media operates WVIA-FM, an NPR affiliate which serves Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Central Susquehanna Valley. The media group will equip and maintain a studio on campus at Stuck House under the name, VIA Studio at Bucknell University. Stuck House is currently home to Bucknell student media organizations.

“We began exploring this collaboration after our students who are involved with Bucknell’s radio station voiced a strong preference for transitioning from a traditional, over-the-air broadcasting experience toward a contemporary and digitally-focused streaming platform,” said Brent Papson, director, campus activities and student media. “To support that area of growth and meet the needs of our students, we decided to enter into this exciting agreement with VIA Public Media which should provide benefits for both students and the broader community alike.”

The university touted the collaboration as an opportunity for informal and formal professional development and learning opportunities in news gathering and broadcasting, digital editing, radio production, regulatory compliance and other areas.

VIA Public Media will offer two internships to Bucknell students each semester and appoint a representative to serve on the university’s Student Media Advisory Board.

Federal Communications Commission approval is necessary to assign the WVBU-FM license to VIA Public Media. Once approved, the media group will oversee programming on 90.5 FM.

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