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New Student-RunTV Station to be Launched

Brand New

Bearcast Media, University of Cincinnati’s biggest student-run media organization, will be launching a campus-wide television station.

Bearcast will revitalize and repurpose channel 51.1 on campus (which UCAST, another student organization, used to operate) to bring to life a brand new station. The same stream will also be transmitted online and via mobile.

 The station, which is still in need of a name, will be featuring a wide range of student-created content; anywhere from projects by CCM and DAAP students, to coverage of on-campus events, and possibly even live news broadcasts. It will serve as a platform to benefit the university’s students, organizations, and professors who wish to communicate with the general student body.

Bearcast

Yet to Overcome

Of course, such an ambitious project does not come without its challenges, the biggest challenge by far being funding. Running a live television station requires some new equipment and ongoing maintenance, which costs money. Bearcast is hoping to raise approximately $25,000 for the project, yet is still far from achieving that goal.

 

Advertising on the station will serve as a way for local businesses and organizations to reach their target audience in a new way, while providing Bearcast with a means to bring in some of that much needed money. Bearcast is encouraging the university’s organizations to help the cause, as this could become the biggest hub for them to communicate with the students in the future.

Tentative Launch Date

Bearcast has been planning this project since last summer, and it is coming together quickly. As soon as they can buy some of the needed software and equipment, the station can go live. Although there is no official launch date yet, organizers hope the station to be up by this upcoming spring semester.

It will only be available initially on channel 51.1 on campus, with Internet and mobile streaming to follow. In the meantime, students can follow Bearcast at http://www.bearcastmedia.com/ and on social media (see links below).

 

Those interested in helping with the project can attend Bearcast’s meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., in the Rec Center, room 3200.

Written by Jonathan Weinstein