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October 17, 2013

Professional news sets donated to PSU

PLATTSBURGH — A gift of two professional news sets and equipment from an Albany television station will give SUNY Plattburgh’s television studios a new look.

The sets from WXXA Fox 23 will be retrofitted and installed this winter in the Albert R. Montanaro Television Studios in Yokum Lecture Hall.

Those rooms are used for lessons on studio and field production and also serve as the headquarters of Plattsburgh State Television (PSTV), which broadcasts on Charter Communications, Channel 17. 

Albany-area residents viewed the newly donated sets on the Fox affiliate’s 6 and 11 p.m. news from 2001 until recently, a press release from the college said.

WXXA Producer and SUNY Plattsburgh alumnus Joe Walsh helped facilitate the gift and noted having fond memories of his work on PSTV.

“I’m sure I speak for all of the many, many SUNY Plattsburgh alumni who have worked at WXXA over the years when I say it feels great to give back to the school that has given me so much,” he said in the release

Communication faculty members at SUNY Plattsburgh are grateful.

“I can tell you that the set is well beyond anything that we could ever afford to buy new,” said Jon Chew, television studio manager for PSTV. 

“Once in place, (it) will help our students envision themselves as working as professionals in a television news environment. I honestly feel it will make our students work harder, and that is priceless.”

Communication Studies Department Chair Shakuntala Rao agreed.

“The studios in Yokum Hall were in dire need of new sets,” Rao said in the release. “This donation will greatly enhance their appearance since these sets are professional quality and give opportunity for students to simulate real-world news broadcasting.”

SUNY Plattsburgh’s Communication Studies Department has more than 300 students and nine full-time faculty members. Its focus is to train students going into the fields of television, radio and multimedia.

PSTV broadcasts four hours a day, seven days a week during the school year. The sets will be for news and sports shows.

For more information on the program or the studios, contact Rao at 564-4291 or raos@plattsburgh.edu.

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