Broadcaster provides tower to SE Oklahoma State

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

DURANT, OK -- People as far away as Ardmore and Collin County can now tune in to U92 FM, Southeastern Oklahoma State University's student radio station.

That's thanks to a generous donation from a local broadcaster.

"We are so fortunate, we had such a great gift come to us," said Dell McClain, Art, Communication & Theatre department head.

Two years ago someone vandalized the station's radio tower.

"There was no saving it, there was no repairing it. And of course with those antenna you can't dismantle them, it has to come down. And so you're old antenna is shot," McClain said.

But after two years with a signal that barely covered campus they received some good news from Texoma Broadcasting, Inc.

The local company allowed Southeastern to put an antenna on their new tower - and pitched in around $83,000 in installation costs.

"It's just a really good relationship and an opportunity for us to do something for them, and we were happy to do so. Happy to be in a position where we could," said Todd Tidwell, Texoma Broadcasting station manager.

And students say this will help the station to grow.

"We're reaching like ridiculously far now. And we're getting a whole new set of listeners. It's really exciting," said junior Jacob Touer, U92 assistant station manager.

And they're also tying in the re-launch of the station with this year's re-branding of their broadcast program, focusing on modern day media.

"We're using the things we learn here in radio, combining those with the things we learning in video production. And really try to leverage that power in messaging to the online world," McClain said.

They also remodeled the studio...and added new audio and video editing booths.

"Kinda helping me gear toward what I want to do later on in life, which is work in radio. So this is a good learning curve for my future," Touer said.

Southeastern has a 99-year lease with Texoma Broadcasting. Under the deal, they'll pay $1 per year.

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