The University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media will unveil its cutting-edge, $1.25 million Broadcast Center with a grand opening ceremony and open house Friday, Sept. 27, featuring remarks from Chief CNN International Anchor Christiane Amanpour ’83, Hon. ’95, according to URI Today.
The Broadcast Center, housed in the Chafee Social Science Center on the Kingston Campus, has undergone extensive renovations over the last year, leading to an ultramodern studio and control room with the latest in digital production, streaming and broadcasting technology. Renovations were made possible by grants from the Champlin Foundation and the URI Provost’s Office, along with private donations from prominent donors Richard and Jean Harrington, and Herman Rose, along with other members of the Harrington School Advisory Board.
With more than 1,350 students, the Harrington School offers 26 programs and concentrations in such disciplines as communication studies, film and media, multimedia journalism, public relations, sports media, writing and rhetoric, and library and information studies. The production skills students will learn in the new facility will be transferrable to a wide range of professions, from media and entertainment to public relations and advertising.
Renovations on the center started in August 2018, and have transformed what was formerly an older TV studio into a state-of-the-art broadcast center, said Jeff Fountain, manager of the center and instructor in TV production.
The 625-square-foot studio boasts an 11-foot news desk that can accommodate five students on camera, four robotic cameras, an overhead lighting grid that greatly improves lighting capabilities, and an array of state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures. The Broadcast Center’s control room has also been upgraded, featuring a powerful video router, modern audio board and communications system, along with a large video monitor wall.
The Broadcast Center grand opening is Friday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. in Room 271 of the Chafee Center, 10 Chafee Road, with welcoming remarks from URI President David M. Dooley and Harrington School Advisory Board Chairman Richard Harrington ’73, Hon. ’02; along with Amanpour and Roth. Tours of the new facility will follow.
The night before, Thursday, April 26, Amanpour will present the annual Amanpour Lecture in Edwards Hall at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public. Advance registration is required, with free admission granted to the first 125 students who register. Tickets are $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the URI Taricani Lecture Series on First Amendment Rights in honor of Amanpour’s first mentor, the late WJAR-TV reporter Jim Taricani.