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Indiana State acquires Rose-Hulman radio station, will add NPR programming

August 20, 2014

Indiana State University announced a new partnership today with WFYI Public Media. The agreement will bring a full schedule of National Public Radio public affairs and news programming to west-central Indiana and significantly expand opportunities for student broadcasters.rnrn

The partnership was made possible through the acquisition of WMHD, 90.7 FM, from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The transfer of license from Rose-Hulman to the Indiana State University Board of Trustees was approved last month by the FCC.

Indianapolis-based WFYI will rebroadcast its programming on WISU, 89.7 FM. The current student-operated, music intensive programming of WISU will move to 90.7, and that station's call letters will change to WZIS.

"This arrangement will satisfy a need for a full-time NPR news and information station in the Wabash Valley while continuing Indiana State's 50-year tradition of providing experiential learning for student broadcasters," Indiana State President Dan Bradley said in announcing the moves. "I would like to thank the leadership of Rose-Hulman for their assistance in making this possible."

Bradley noted that the additional radio station and the partnership with WFYI will greatly expand opportunities for Indiana State students. ISU students will have on-air and behind the scenes work at WZIS, opportunities to be involved in locally produced public affairs programing on the new WISU, and internship opportunities with WFYI in Indianapolis.

Upgrades are also planned to improve the signal and reach of WZIS, Bradley said.

"WFYI Public Media is thrilled with the opportunity to partner with Indiana State University, not only to bring our top-quality public radio programming to the Wabash Valley, but also to build a closer connection with the communities of west-central Indiana," said Lloyd Wright, president and CEO, WFYI. "We hope that by sharing the stories and amplifying the voices of our Hoosier community, we will inspire the very best in people. WFYI looks forward to serving the Terre Haute community and the people of west-central Indiana."

Rose-Hulman students will also be given the opportunity to work with the new WZIS station, indicated Bradley. Rose-Hulman moved to an online radio station last fall which cleared the way for its FM station's license to be transferred to Indiana State.

Jim Goecker, vice president of enrollment management and strategic communications at Rose-Hulman, said, "WMHD has had a long broadcasting tradition in the Wabash Valley and we are pleased to see the station reborn at Indiana State University. The fact that it began as a student-operated station on the Rose-Hulman campus and will continue to operate with the same student focus at Indiana State is great."

The format and simulcasting changes are expected to take place by the latter half of September, according to Phil Glende, executive director of student media at Indiana State.

"We're very excited about this opportunity," said Max Slizewski, student manager at WISU/WZIS. "Not only do we get to completely build a radio station with the music that we already have but we get the opportunity with public radio to do new programing, get to recruit new students in areas that we had not been able to before and we will be bringing important news (programing) to Terre Haute."

Photo: - AJ Pattiag, program director at WISU, broadcasts from the Indiana State University radio station's studios Aug. 20, 2014, as Rich Smith, assistant music director, and Max Slizewski, student manager, look on. (ISU/Rachel Keyes

Photo: - Indiana State University President Dan Bradley (left) signs a broadcast retransmission agreement as Lloyd Wright, president and CEO of Indianapolis public broadcasting station WFYI looks on. (ISU/Rachel Keyes)

Contact: Phillip Glende, executive director of student media, Indiana State University, 812-237-8133 or

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or