WSU Moves Northwest Public Radio To Communications School
January 26, 2010 at 4:20 AM (PT)
The 13-station WASHINGTON-statewide noncommercial NORTHWEST PUBLIC RADIO network, owned by WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY. will become part of the university's EDWARD R. MURROW COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATIONS on MONDAY (2/1). The network is being moved from the school's Information Technology department.
MURROW dean LAWRENCE PINTAK said, "This move is coming at a critical time for media and for the college. As a long-time broadcast journalist and listener, I have deep respect for public radio and believe that we can help each other in our constant quest to be relevant, world class institutions."
"This is a natural fit for us," said Station Manager KERRY SWANSON. "Our mission of providing high quality news and information to our communities goes perfectly with the MURROW tradition of truth, honesty and public service. NORTHWEST PUBLIC RADIO was administered very successfully for years under Extended Academic Services and then Information Technology. In fact, the network was built in conjunction with other WSU services and involved cutting edge distance learning programs as part of the classroom, television and radio networks. Times have changed and our technology has gone in separate directions. Distance learning has moved online, and our operation involves unique and specialized technologies."