KENW continues working on its new home

By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer

The director of production services at Eastern New Mexico’s KENW-TV said that the station is extremely busy preparing their new studios in the campus’ new Communication Center, which are expected to be completed in six months.

Donald Criss said they have new equipment ordered — such as cameras — but it will not be completely installed until about the middle of the spring 2007 semester. The station is currently ordering and preparing equipment like lighting grids, camera pedestals and an intercom system for the station’s three new studios.

“These new studios will provide a greater variety of production styles (for students),” Criss said.

Criss said the studio will house more “state-of-the-art” equipment and give ENMU students more opportunities to work with the equipment while helping to produce some of KENW’s programs. There will also be an academic studio, Studio C, specifically for the broadcasting students.

“We’re working in stages. It takes a while to get everything ordered and installed.”

Criss said the stage equipment company Texas Scenic has put new lighting equipment and grids in the new studios, and Sundance Communications and Utah Scientific will send some of their agents out for two weeks to train the station’s operators — who will transmit the programs — on the new equipment when it is installed.

He said KENW has also purchased five Vinten camera pedestals from England that are of the “best quality anywhere.”

The new studios will also have a new air conditioning system that will be completely silent, yet more powerful so that it can handle cooling the lighted studios.

Sheryl Borden, the director of marketing for KENW, said there will be a dedication of ENMU’s new communication building during this fall’s homecoming. On Sept. 29 the Board of Regents and ENMU President Dr. Steven Gamble will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a banquet in the new Studio A.

The station will also recognize area legislators who helped bring in $1.1 million for the new equipment, she said.

Locals can also donate $200 in order to have a brick with three lines of inscription placed in the building’s “Walkway of Honor” in the front. Borden said the donations will help pay for the station’s new equipment. For more information contact Borden at 562-2112.

Construction for the building began in summer 2004, Criss said. It was completed in January 2006 and housed student classes starting in the spring 2006 semester.