WKU Public Broadcasting provides public service broadcasting to the community, professional training for students, and creates and distributes media content that serves WKU and the citizens of Kentucky.
We are responsible for the operation of WKU Public Radio, WKU PBS, The Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network, and WKU's two CATV systems.
In addition, we provide video production services for the campus constituency and outside organizations. In addition to our professional staff, we employ many WKU students part-time, allowing them to gain valuable real-world experience.
WKU Public Radio is a regional network of four radio stations, with studios and offices on the WKU campus:
Founded in 1980, WKU Public Radio serves a population of 1.3 million people, providing high-quality news and information services to more than 60% of Kentucky as well as southern Indiana and northern Tennessee. WKU NPR presents news, information, cultural and entertainment programs, with a particular focus on issues of importance and interest to our region.
WKU PBS, WKU’s public television station, broadcasts informative, educational, and culturally diverse television programs within a high-quality, non-commercial broadcast format. WKYU PBS broadcasts on Channel 24 to a population of over 250,000 citizens of Kentucky and is carried on over 20 cable systems throughout south-central Kentucky.
The Hilltopper Sports Satellite Network serves as the production and distribution unit of Educational Telecommunications to provide network-quality coverage of Western Kentucky University athletics. Each year HSSN originates 15 to 20 Hilltopper men’s and women’s basketball games. These games are carried not only on WKU-PBS, but are also seen nationwide through a distribution agreement with Fox College Sports Network, providing Western’s athletics a national exposure to over 43 million households.
WKU Public Broadcasting operates the two Western Kentucky University campus cable TV distribution systems. “Academic Cable” provides cable television services to classrooms on campus for educational purposes. “Western Cable” is the television service that is distributed in the residence halls on campus. This service provides over 40 channels of entertainment and information to the resident students of WKU.
Our Production department provides production services, not only for our on-air product, but also produces high-quality videos and video-based learning products for the university and organizations throughout Western’s service area. Our award winning production staff has the expertise to provide our clients with outstanding video programs to meet their varied needs.