Albright College in Talks to Lease Space to BCTV
WXAC Radio to Join in New Berks Community Media Center
March 6, 2014
Reading, Pa. – Berks Community
Television (BCTV) is in discussions with Albright College to relocate to leased
space on the College’s campus, the two sides confirmed today.
Plans call for BCTV to move from its current location in
downtown Reading to a retrofitted building on Albright’s campus, in the former
College Relations building at 13th and Richmond streets. Joining
BCTV would be WXAC-FM (91.3), the College’s radio station. The facility would
be known as the Berks Community Media Center at Albright College.
The two sides hope to conclude talks within a month, with
a targeted move date by the end of the summer, according to BCTV Executive
Director Ann Sheehan.
“All of us at BCTV are tremendously excited about this
move,” Sheehan said. “The space itself as well as the opportunities for
collaboration with Albright faculty and students make this the right thing to
do at the right time for us.”
The partnership would reflect the organizations’ shared
commitment and mission to serve the Greater Reading community. BCTV provides a
medium for community dialogue and educational opportunities, as well as a forum
for the exchange of ideas on issues and topics of community interest, while
student-run WXAC provides the only Spanish-language mass media in Reading.
officials expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, noting the potential for
synergies among the cable channel, the radio station and numerous
BCTV to campus and combining it with WXAC in the same facility will strengthen
the College’s already robust experiential learning initiatives,” said Provost
Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “Students in our Communications, Digital
Communications, and Digital Video Arts programs will benefit enormously from
having these media outlets located in the same space.”
in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college
enrolling 1,700 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and
graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum,
strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages
students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic
programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and
a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed
their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service
and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
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