RSU TV Manager Addresses Press Club
RSU TV STAR: Tulsa World Projects Editor Ziva Branstetter welcomed Dan Schiedel, general manager of the RSU Public TV station in Claremore, to the Tulsa Press Club May 22. Schidel spoke about his major successes at RSU, including his vast increase in viewership, and discussed the changing climate of television.
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Dan Schiedel, general manager of Rogers State University Public Television, discussed the growth of the university’s public television station, the future of public television and the impending death of analog television as we know it at the Tulsa Press Club May 22.
The station, based at RSU’s Claremore campus, reaches around 1.2 million people within a 75-mile radius of the campus and is proud to be Oklahoma’s only full-powered television station operated at a public university. RSU Public TV broadcasts on UHF analog channel 35 and digital channel 36, Tulsa and Claremore cable channel 19, DISH TV and Direct TV channel 35.
Schiedel, who joined RSU Public TV in 2006, recently completed the station’s second membership drive and is in the process of collaborating with others on special outreach projects including those which focus on women and family issues. Since joining the station, Schiedel has increased RSU Public TV content production and viewership by more than 25 percent.
He also discussed new programming the station is working on including documentaries, how-to programs and RSU Hillcat basketball games.
Recently RSU replaced the station’s inner transmission lines at its main transmitter, which now makes the station’s analog service fully functional. This means a stronger signal to more viewers. In April the station aired the premiere of its first (HD) production, “The Coleman Theatre Beautiful.”