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Albright College in Talks to Lease Space to BCTV WXAC Radio to Join in New Berks Community Media Center

VIA Albright.edu

Reading, Pa. – Berks Community Television (BCTV) is in discussions with Albright College to relocate to leased space on the College’s campus, the two sides confirmed today.

Plans call for BCTV to move from its current location in downtown Reading to a retrofitted building on Albright’s campus, in the former College Relations building at 13th and Richmond streets. Joining BCTV would be WXAC-FM (91.3), the College’s radio station. The facility would be known as the Berks Community Media Center at Albright College.

The two sides hope to conclude talks within a month, with a targeted move date by the end of the summer, according to BCTV Executive Director Ann Sheehan.

“All of us at BCTV are tremendously excited about this move,” Sheehan said. “The space itself as well as the opportunities for collaboration with Albright faculty and students make this the right thing to do at the right time for us.”

The partnership would reflect the organizations’ shared commitment and mission to serve the Greater Reading community. BCTV provides a medium for community dialogue and educational opportunities, as well as a forum for the exchange of ideas on issues and topics of community interest, while student-run WXAC provides the only Spanish-language mass media in Reading.

College officials expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, noting the potential for synergies among the cable channel, the radio station and numerous communications programs.

“Welcoming BCTV to campus and combining it with WXAC in the same facility will strengthen the College’s already robust experiential learning initiatives,” said Provost Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “Students in our Communications, Digital Communications, and Digital Video Arts programs will benefit enormously from having these media outlets located in the same space.”

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