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KAMP undergoes location and content changes

By Hillary Davis
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
August 25, 1999

Bare walls, the latest Hollywood feature and a shady new tent for shows on the UA Mall are all a part of KAMP Student Radio's new school year.

Staffers have been kept busy this week with a move into their new office in the Park Student Union after campus construction displaced the former location in the basement of the Memorial Student Union.

Adjusting to the new offices has been an adjustment for the staff but the transition has been smooth.

"At first it was a disappointment because we put a lot of work into the old ones (offices)," said Tiffany Collier, KAMP's news director. "But it looks basically the same, it's just a change (of location)."

Also being unveiled are new means to enhance the UA radio experience. Changes have been made to KAMP's television component and technological additions such as e-mail requests have also been introduced.

The result of these changes is a television signal that reaches the residence halls for the first time in the radio's history.

KAMP's channel three, which debuted last spring, now airs premium movies such as "Ever After" and "Seven" in the residence halls as well as programs from the College Television Network, a CNN-style news service for college students. The regular radio broadcast that once comprised the channel can now be seen in the dorms on channel 20.

The introduction of the two television stations has increased audience size by reaching students living on campus, said Carrie Arnett, KAMP general manager.

"It's a really great way to reach the people in the dorms," Arnett said.

However, some students noted that the new station still has flaws to work out.

"They did a movie the other night but it had no sound," said architecture sophomore Kris Sorge, who lives in Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall. "It was useless."

In addition to transmitting KAMP over television, the station continues to broadcast over the Internet using a streaming RealAudio format. Arnett said the online and television broadcasts have been beneficial in retaining an audience.

KAMP has been unsuccessful in past attempts to secure an FM station, limiting its listening audience.

KAMP is not limited to just the local UA listening community. The Internet transmission of regular broadcasts also reaches universities across the nation.

"People all over the country who have ethernet can hear us just as clear as if they were outside the broadcast booth," Collier said.

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