WELH AND LATER WEIU

RADIO AND TELEVISION FOR CENTRAL ILLINOISPART PART F

WEIU TV 51 AND FM 88.9 PROVIDES ENTERTAINMENT & INFORMATION FOR CENTRAL ILLINOIS IN THE 1990'S

 

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. . . faculty member from the Speech Communication Department... Depending on the semester, class schedules, and work loads of the students, WELH usually has between 50-100 students working on its staff . . . Regardless of how minor the responsibilities and contributions of any one person, all efforts are directed at running a professional radio station that serves the interest of its listening audience,


INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA DEPARTMENT HAS TELEVISION PRODUCTION IN 1973    during the early 1970's the Eastern Instructional Media Department offered a television production course. The laboratory was located in the Buzzard Education Building. I took this class under Dr. Robert Wiseman in 1973. Video Cassette Recorders were very new and very expensive. The machines used in the early days were reel-to-reel video tape recorders. We had a primitive mixer and a recorder. Each student had to produce a television show for educational purposes.

WELH CONVERTED TO WEIU

In the mid-1980's Eastern got approval from the FCC to transmit over the air with its FM equipment. The call letters WEIU were now used. According to Ron Amix, Eastern radio and television technician for several years, the station once went by WELH. He thought that this call name was derived from the letters of one of the student dorms. It would not be long until there would be WEIU, Channel 51 television. The studios are now located in the Buzzard Building. WEIU was originally located in Old Main Tower, Booth Library basement, Coleman Hall and now, the Buzzard Building. The Buzzard Building is soon going to be rehabilitated. No doubt WEIU will receive improvements from this work

WEIU TV AFFILIATES   WITH   PUBLICBROADCASTING

WEIU    has    become    an    affiliate    of    the PBS Network. They   could now broadcast popular PBS programs such as   Sesame Street,

Reading Rainbow, informational specials and  
other programming They are not the same as WELL, but only do PBS part time. WEIU-Channel 51 has many locally produced programs. Its purpose is for training of speech-communication radio and television students. In addition, it has a lot of good old movies of all types. It is indeed an honor and exciting for the city of Charleston to have its own television station.

WEIU STATIONS HAVE A BRIGHT FUTURE

Channel 51 television and WEIU radio used to be transmitted only into student dorms, later over the Charleston cable system. Now they are full-fledged stations reaching a large area. Ray Livesay of WLBH and all those old-time broadcast leaders from the 1940's and 50's started it all for the now WEIU Radio and Television.

 

“OLD MAIN” IN THE 1920’S OR 30’S.  MOST CLASSES WERE IN THE OLD CASTLE BUILDING.  THE NEW RADIO STATION WOULD BE PLACED IN THE TOP OF THE TOWER.

. . . faculty member from the Speech Communication Department... Depending on the semester, class schedules, and work loads of the students, WELH usually has between 50-100 students working on its staff . . . Regardless of how minor the responsibilities and contributions of any one person, all efforts are directed at running a professional radio station that serves the interest of its listening audience,

 


 

 

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