AFTER 1 P.M. 12/5/02
Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
FCC Approves Centenary’s
Expansion of Campus Radio Station to Class-A Professional Public Radio
SHREVEPORT, LA -- The Federal Communications
Commissions has approved Centenary College’s plans to expand its KSCL-FM
Radio Station to a 24-hour-a day professional public radio station beginning
next fall, President Kenneth L. Schwab announced today (Thursday, Dec.
Schwab said the FCC’s recent action
follows a four-year effort by students, faculty and community volunteers
to broaden the station’s range, offer a professional radio experience to
Centenary students and provide a community service via additional local
and public radio programming.
“This change will make KSCL a viable
learning tool for our KSCL student announcers and communication majors,”
Schwab said. He also announced that the college has signed
an agreement with Public Radio International that will bring to the KSCL
airwaves well-known programs such as Marketplace Afternoon Business
Report, the BBC World News Report, Afropop and World
“Of course, our students will continue
to air their own programs on KSCL, and we also hope to air our home basketball
games over the station,” he said. “This will give our athletics program
The upgrade from 150 to 3,500 watts
will result in a primary coverage area that extends roughly from Haughton
on the east and Shreveport Regional Airport on the west to Stonewall/Wallace
Lake on the south and Benton on the north. The station will be on
the air fulltime throughout the year.
Centenary announcers have been training
for the change during the past semester and will have access, beginning
in January, to a new course in radio broadcasting. During the spring,
upon receipt of several anticipated grants, a new tower, antenna and transmitter
will be purchased. A community advisory board will also be assembled,
under the chairmanship of Jerry France of Shreveport.
Schwab noted that the sign-on for
the “new KSCL” is tentatively set to coincide with the Fall 2003 President’s
Convocation and the beginning of the fall semester. The station will
continue its location at 91.3 FM.