Ball State Retains WIPB Operation

Posted: Updated:
MUNCIE -

Ball State University has announced it will retain operation of its public broadcasting station. The future of WIPB had been up in the air since the university began participating in the Federal Communications Commission's voluntary spectrum auction in September 2015.

The auction is being held throughout the country in what the university says is an effort to acquire broadcast capabilities for mobile providers. Ball State says its board of trustees authorized preliminary participation in the auction to determine whether the university "could fulfill its commitment to quality public broadcasting, and fully achieve its academic mission, should the auction be completed."

"We have said all along that participation in the auction is only on the condition that it advance Ball State’s mission," said Phil Repp, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Ball State. "We determined that selling the spectrum at this time would not be in the best interest of the university."

The university says WIPB will continue to operate as normal, but will change its broadcast frequency, a move it says should not result in any notable changes in the station's reach. WIPB has up to 20 months to complete the frequency change.

Ball State says the cost of the change has not yet been determined, however the FCC has set aside money for stations that would be required to change frequencies.

  • Perspectives

    • Help Kids Serve Today to Lead Tomorrow

      A movement is underway to continue improving the lives of youth and families in Indiana. This movement was made official by The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana at the end of last year when the group released a three-year strategic plan so every child in the state can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment, and have ample opportunities to become a healthy, productive adult.

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Six Towns And Cities Are Stellar Communities Finalists

      The six finalists for this year's Stellar Communities Designation Program have been announced. The selected cities and towns will present new or updated strategic investment plans to a team of leaders from state-connected agencies who will help choose two winners that will be named later this summer. Recipients will be eligible to more direct access to funding and state resources.

    • Fort Wayne, Carmel Among Biggest Population Increases

      Carmel and Fort Wayne posted some of the largest year-over-year population increases in 2016, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers analyzed by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The Indiana Business Research Center also says Whitestown in Boone County was the state's fastest-growing community among those with at least 5,000 residents.

    • Restaurant to Bring New Life to Historic Building

      Colorado-based The Kitchen Restaurant Group has announced plans to transform a former South Broad Ripple grocery store in Indianapolis into a new, farm-to-table restaurant. Next Door, which will be the company's second restaurant in Indianapolis, is slated to open in November. The company was co-founded by the brother of business magnate Elon Musk.

    • Another Tech Company Adding Indy Jobs

      Indianapolis has landed another win in what has been a busy week for the city's burgeoning tech industry. Software company myCOI has announced plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters and create up to 185 jobs by 2021. The company, whose platform tracks and manages certificates of insurance, won last year's Venture Club of Indiana Innovation Showcase. Its clients include Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT), Cushman and Wakefield and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    • Airport Land Sale Continues to be a 'Great Success'

      The Indianapolis Airport Authority property director says its long-term initiative to sell thousands of acres "has been a great success." In an interview that follows last week's board-approved sale of two parcels for nearly $9 million, Eric Anderson says he expects more success "on the horizon." The most recent deals total around 150 acres in Plainfield, which could be developed in a similar fashion as other nearby properties.