BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College Communication Department will unveil new broadcasting educational facilities at a news conference on Monday, Sept. 26, at 5:15 p.m. in the Johnson Visual Arts Center on the campus. All are welcome to attend the press conference.

The occasion marks the College's acquisition of a new video production switcher and special effects generator for broadcasting students use. The television studio is housed within a learning laboratory known as BethCom Digital Studios. The equipment was donated by the Baltimore County Public Library of Towson, Md., and Carl Birkmeyer, Manager of Media Support Services. Birkmeyer is a 1985 graduate of Bethany College.

According to Dr. Russell J. Cook, Professor of Communication and General Manager of TV3, this switcher electronically combines all the various television signals in the studio – cameras, playback video, pictures and titles. Therefore, it is essential for studio production. Cook says the Grass Valley Model 200 switcher is the single most expensive piece of equipment ever to be installed in BethCom Studios.

Bethany students will be available at the news conference to demonstrate the new switcher and answer questions, including Studio Director, Matthew Heim, and Technical Director, Amanda Law, both of Weirton, W.Va. Heim and Law are both Communication majors and staff members of Bethany's student television station, which telecasts on cable access in Bethany.

For more information, contact Cook at 304-639-3369 or