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.
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
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.