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SUNY Plattsburgh Television and Radio Stations

PSTV (Student-Run Television Station)

Campus Channel 10/Charter Cable Channel 194

PSTV is Plattsburgh State's very own television station operated by students in the Department of Communication through practicum classes CMM233 and CMM433. It is the students who help bring together the shows that are broadcast. They do the producing, directing, acting, writing, editing, camera operation, set design, promotions, and more. Every department and position that exists at any other TV station exists at PSTV.

PSTV reaches approximately 6,000 students on Campus Channel 10 and nearly 18,000 households off-campus through Charter Cable Channel 194. The students in PSTV come together as a team to represent the station to the community in a professional manner.

You can become a part of PSTV very early in your college experience.

  1. First, take CMM229 Basic TV Planning & Production (offered every semester).
  2. Then, enroll in CMM233 TV Station Operations. You gain hands-on experience as a working member of a TV station. (This course may be taken up to 4 times.)
  3. If you're interested in a higher level of involvement at PSTV, sign up for CMM433 TV Station Management. This gives advanced-level students a chance to produce, direct, engineer, program, and promote the shows on PSTV.

View shows, meet students, and find out more at the PSTV Website.

WARP (Radio Training Studios)

Campus Channel 10, Charter Cable Channel 194, Online

The WARP is a student-run tele-radio facility designated for cable-only broadcasting on Campus Channel 10 and Charter Cable Channel 194. Located in WARP Studios adjacent to the Digital Media Lab in Yokum, the WARP trains students in radio broadcast announcing and radio management.

The programming format is World-Beat radio. This allows the WARP to provide the greater Plattsburgh community with access to music from countries around the world—thereby giving global voices a forum where they can be heard. Students acquire their knowledge and skills through weekly on-air shifts (which include music, news, weather, and public service announcing), as well as through various management duties and activities.

Many students get involved with WARP to find out just what it's like to work in radio. Others utilize it as an opportunity to further expand and develop their on-air skills.

For those students who just can't get enough of radio broadcasting, they can work at both WARP and WQKE.

All production students in the Communication Studies Department can experience WARP:

You can sign up for CMM209 Broadcast Announcing. No prior experience is necessary. (This course may be taken up to 2 times.) If you want more, you can sign up for further interested in radio operations can sign up for CMM403 Radio Management. This class requires CMM209 and CMM232 Basic Audio Production as prerequisites. (This course may also be taken up to 2 times.) If you're interested in more intensive radio training, you can also join WQKE, 93.9 FM.

Find out more at the WARP Website.

WQKE (Student-Run Radio Station)

WQKE - 93.9 FM, Online

WQKE is the college's student-operated, FCC designated on-air broadcast radio facility. The "Quake's" alternative, college-radio format broadcasts 10,000 milliwatts of power 7 days and on the Internet to both a campus-wide and globally-available community audience. WQKE reaches out to over 40,000 potential area listeners with its music, talk shows, and sports programming.

WQKE is fully trained, staffed, operated, and managed by students who volunteer their time to be a part of the station.

Since WQKE is a Student Association-funded organization, all students enrolled in classes at Plattsburgh State who pay Student Association dues are qualified to be a member of WQKE. No experience is necessary, and ALL majors are welcome to join. Members must be a part of one of the departments at "the Quake", and put in one hour of station work per week.

Members of WQKE also complete community service work. Last November WQKE staged a "Starve-a-thon" raising over 700 cans of food to stock area food shelters for Thanksgiving!

Visit the WQKE website to find out more and to listen to their broadcast.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Shakuntala Rao, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 202D
Phone: (518) 564-4291

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681