WSHU Public Radio and Sacred Heart University’s Department of Public Safety will commemorate the completion of the new, state-of-the-art WSHU Broadcast Center on the SHU campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The dedication will take place on Wednesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, CT.
The new three-story building houses the production and broadcast studios and development offices for WSHU Public Radio, the principal public radio source for Fairfield and New Haven Counties. It also features a state-of-the-art communications and dispatch center for SHU’s Public Safety.
The new Broadcast Center significantly expands and upgrades WSHU’s infrastructure and capabilities. For 35 years, the station operated from a small, Cape Cod-style house on the edge of campus. Given today’s 24-hour news cycle and the increasingly complex digital and satellite technology required to deliver it, the aging “little house” was no longer capable of meeting 21st-century broadcasting needs.
WSHU General Manager George Lombardi said, “More than just bricks and mortar, this new facility empowers us to serve our community with broadcast studios, technology and resources that meet our listeners’ demands now, and well into the future.”
WSHU Program Director Tom Kuser explained that, “with additional studios and interview spaces, along with better technology, we are able to expand our regional news and classical music offerings. We’re already in development with a new daily talk program that will provide our listeners with insightful, in-depth discussions about important regional issues.”
The new facility also includes a 150-seat Assembly Hall that will accommodate music performances, dramatic readings and the station’s popular “Join the Conversation” author talks. These events will be open to the community.
“We are excited to provide this beautiful new space to both WSHU and the Department of Public Safety. We expect there will be synergies to having them in the same building, especially during times of emergency,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. The staff of WSHU has done an outstanding job for many years in facilities that were less than ideal. We can’t wait to see what they do now!”