BETHANY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Broadcasters Association (WVBA) has designated a $2,500 grant to the Bethany College Communication Department. WVBA Board Member Yogi Yoder, general manager of three Prettyman Broadcasting radio stations (WEPM, WLTF and WKMZ) in Martinsburg, W.Va., announced the grant decision.

Yoder said, “Bethany College is a great place for the study of the communication field, and WVBA knows that this grant will help the future of the broadcasting industry in West Virginia.”

Presentation of the grant check was made by WVBA Vice President Jay Philippone, President of Priority Communications, which owns 106.3 The River and WEIR radio stations in Weirton, W.Va.

Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Associate Professor of Communication, said that Communication students and faculty are grateful to WVBA for their support. Sutherland said the grant funds will be used for two projects.

“Our BethCom Digital Studios, which houses the campus television station, TV3, will use most of the grant money to help buy equipment in a three-year digital equipment transition project. Some of the WVBA funds will be used to purchase lobby furniture for a remodeled entrance to the College’s radio station, WVBC 88.1 FM.”