By Brittney Haynes/Managing editor

Each week, The Progress brings news to the Eastern community, but it is only one of many different student-produced media outlets on campus. The first newspaper at Eastern, The Student, was started in 1908. It was published each month with the exception of August. A subscription to The Student was 50 cents a year. In contrast, a subscription to The Progress is $38 a year.

The Student ended in June 1915. In October of the same year, The Talisman began production. It was a monthly magazine produced until 1917.

In 1922, The Progress, a weekly paper, started and as the saying goes, “the rest is history.” The first Progress editor was Lucille Strother, and the first faculty adviser was G. Lee McClain.

Another weekly news outlet is Live From Studio B. The program was started by Paul Ramsey in 2002.

Students produce newscasts and stories to air each Wednesday night at 7:30 on the campus TV channel 75.

Live From Studio B is part of the broadcasting and electronic media 395, video production II course.

Another student-produced newscast is Madison County Cable News. The show is usually produced once a semester and lasts for a half an hour.

MCCN was started in 1989 by broadcasting professor John Taylor as part of the broadcasting and electronic media 401 and 402 courses. Originally the program aired twice a week and ran on the Cable News Network.

In 1994, broadcasting professor Ferrell Wellman began teaching the courses. In 1998, he changed the format of the program to a news magazine.

Wellman said he thought having the students spend two weeks on a story would facilitate learning better than having a day or two to work on stories.

In the real world, students would do stories every day, but in the real world, students wouldn’t have classes and part-time jobs, Wellman said.

This semester, the program will focus on all the ways Madison County residents are affected by the rising cost of gas.

MCCN will air in early December and early April on Adelphia cable’s local access channel and the Berea City Government channel.

Two media outlets that are no longer on campus are the student-run radio station, WXII, and the campus yearbook, Milestones.

WXII started as WDMC in 1984. The station started out playing contemporary hits, album rock and urban contemporary.

In 1987, broadcasting professor Doug Rogers took over as the faculty adviser of the radio station. In 1995, the call letters were changed to WXII because the station began to air on campus TV’s channel 12.

In 1999, the format changed to club music and stayed that way until 2002 when the station went off the air for good.

Maureen Everett, chair of the department of communication, said low listener-ship and a decline in student interest was a large part of why the station was shut down.

“(The radio station) became a headache after a while,” Everett said.

Rogers said the last five years the radio station was running, no more than three students volunteered a semester to work at the station.

Rogers said radio station consolidation has ruined the job market. There are no jobs to send students to, he added.

In 1999, Milestones also ceased to be produced. The student senior yearbook began in 1922. Milestones included headshots of students and pictures of campus events. Old Milestones can be seen in University Archives.

As Eastern celebrates its centennial, the history of times gone by can be seen in campus media outlet productions. When Eastern reaches its bicentennial, students will be able to look back to the history recorded by students today.

Reach Brittney at
brittney_haynes1@eku.edu