Broadcasting - News & Performance

"Learn from the best – and leave with the best. Western’s Broadcasting department gave me the fundamentals and the friends that will last a lifetime."  
-- Brian M. Tully, 2006, Head Writer, Fox News Channel, New York City

Broadcasting Major and Minor.The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting.  Students in Broadcasting study digital/high definition (HD) audio and video production techniques, including non-linear editing, post-production, animation/graphics, news writing, and sports production.  WIUS-FM and wiutv3 give students the opportunity to put into practice learned skills.  Graduates of the Broadcasting program enter various careers in television, radio, cable, satellite, post-production operations, sports, and on-air including directing, producing, reporting, on-air talent, sports production, sales, advertising, and post-production.

News/Performance Track

The News/Performance Track focuses on the preparation of students for careers in front of the camera and/or microphone.  wiutv3 is the outlet for our live local television newscasts.  Students learn to gather news, cover news events, edit news packages, produce and direct half-hour newscasts that reach Macomb and McDonough county viewers.  There are opportunities to be reporters and anchors (news, weather, and sports), as well as produce and direct newscasts.  WIUS-FM is our music, news, and sports outlet on the radio side.  On-air shifts are available to all majors every semester.  wiutv3 and WIUS-FM are completely student-run under the guidance of faculty and staff.

Why Choose Broadcasting at WIU?

Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels.

  • Students majoring in broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in state-of-the art audio and video production facilities from freshman year to graduation.
  • Production classes are small with an average class size of 10.
  • The Department of Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students.
  • Students also have the unique opportunity to work in live sports production, in radio, television, and on the web.

The Broadcasting Department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world.

Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising and post-production.

Some of Our Graduates
  • Denise Hnytka, 2006, News Anchor/Reporter WQAD-TV, Quad Cities
  • Chad Douglas, 1997, Morning Co-Host, KHQA-TV, Quincy, IL
  • Mark Baden, 1992, Chief Meteorologist, WISN-TV, Milwaukee
  • Pati Darak, 1989, Meteorologist, News14, Raleigh, NC
  • Eric Frey, 2004, Seminoles Productions, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Brian Tully, 2006, Producer and Designer, Fox, New York
  • Tim Abshire, 1992, Director, E-Trade Baby Spot, Fatherhood, New York
  • Mike Irvine, 2004, Host, Impossible Shots, Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
  • Bryan Moore, 2006, Sports Information Director, Eureka College, IL
  • Cara DeMarlie, 2010, Promotions Director, Clear Channel Communications, Inc.


At A Glance

  • Degrees Available:
    • B.A.
  • Major: Yes
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities:
    • GradTrac
    • Honors

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