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01 December 2016

Biff Students Tour WKAR AM/FM/TV and Impact 89FM WDBM in East Lansing

General Manager Pete Bowers took two Biff students on a field trip November 18th to the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference held at the Eagle Eye Conference Center. Antinae Smith and Dean Hysni attended the sessions at the conference and then went with Mr. Bowers to the campus of Michigan State University for tours of the broadcasting facilities in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building as well as a tour of the student campus radio station WDBM in Holden Hall.

WKAR is part of Michigan State University Broadcasting Services, a division of MSU Communication Arts & Sciences. It includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, Radio Reading Service, WKAR Ready To Learn Service and Interactive Video Services.The mission of MSU Broadcasting Services is to connect people to powerful ideas that inspire personal growth, exploration of our world and positive change.It’s a mission carried out every day by talented and dedicated individuals with expertise ranging across news reporting, electrical engineering, media production, graphic arts, bookkeeping, videography, audio recording and much more. MSU Broadcasting Services touches the lives of more than a half-million mid-Michigan residents each week, and shapes the educational experience of Michigan State University’s 40,000-plus student body. MSU Broadcasting Services is part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and is headquartered with offices and studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the southwest part of the MSU Campus.

Impact has a long history of being one of the nation’s largest college radio stations and is currently one of the largest in the country with over 300 students working or volunteering at the student-run media outlet broadcasting from the campus of Michigan State University (Holden Hall) in East Lansing, Michigan.

WDBM-FM (88.9 FM), is the successor to the Michigan State Network, which in the 1970s was the nation’s largest college carrier current radio network, and had studios in numerous MSU dormitories across campus. The Network was eventually consolidated to one carrier current station, WLFT (“The Left”), which broadcasted from the former WKAR-FM public radio studios on the third floor of the MSU Auditorium Building which would become the first home of WDBM.

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