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VINCENNES, IND. – The Vincennes University Broadcasting Department is the

recipient of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to

support WVUB HD-3, Blazer Bilingue.

WVUB received about $20,000 in funds so that the station may purchase

portable equipment to record meetings and programs of importance to the

Hispanic community in the surrounding region, including Jasper and

Washington. These programs will be recorded and edited, or broadcast live

directly on WVUB HD-3 Blazer Bilingue.

WVUB will also partner with SpanishTech to develop a cutting-edge website

in both English and Spanish which will feature live streaming of Hispanic

events, archived podcasts, and current listings of Hispanic programs

throughout the greater region.

“Blazer Bilingue remains the only local source for Hispanic programming

throughout southern and southwestern Indiana, and we have worked hard to

build partnerships with area organizations to ensure that the station

successfully meets the needs of the regional Hispanic population,” said

Phil Smith, general manager for WVUB.

Indiana’s Latino population exceeds 300,000 persons, accounting for about 5

percent of the state’s total population, with approximately 72 percent

speaking Spanish at home. The past few years has seen a significant growth

in this population within WVUB’s core coverage area.

VU BROADCASTING

The VU Broadcasting Department prepares students for successful entry into

radio, television, and allied career fields while earning a college degree.

The program emphasizes hands-on, real-world experience for students,

including many hours in VU broadcast studios and stations perfecting both

on-air and behind-the-scenes technical skills. VU’s public broadcast

stations, WVUB and WVUT-TV, are the only ones in Indiana that are part of

an academic broadcast program.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY – Indiana’s First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional

sites such as the Indianapolis International Airport. VU also offers

instruction at military sites throughout the nation.

In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU

also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security,

nursing, and secondary education programs in mathematics, science, and

special education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 25 other states, and 37

foreign countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses

with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana’s first college and is the only college in

the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the

United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded

VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is

available at www.vinu.edu.

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