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SUNY Plattsburgh Television and Radio Stations

PSTV (Plattsburgh State Television)

PSTV logoCampus Channel 10/Charter Cable Channel 194

PSTV is SUNY Plattsburgh’s very own television station operated by students in the Department of Communication Studies through practicum classes CMM233 and CMM433. It is the students who help bring together the shows that are broadcast. They do the producing, directing, acting, writing, editing, camera operation, set design, promotions, and more. Every department and position that exists at other TV station exists at PSTV.

PSTV reaches approximately 6,000 students on Campus Channel 10 and nearly 18,000 households off-campus through Charter Cable Channel 194. The students in PSTV come together as a team to represent the station to the community in a professional manner. How can you become a part of PSTV?

You can become a part of PSTV very early in your college experience.

  1. First, take CMM229 Basic TV Planning & Production and CMM232 Basic Audio Production (offered every semester).
  2. Then, enroll in CMM233 TV Station Operations. You gain hands-on experience as a working member of a TV station. (This course may be taken up to 3 times.)
  3. If you’re interested in a higher level of involvement at PSTV, sign up for CMM433 TV Station Management. This gives advanced-level students a chance to produce, direct, engineer, program, and promote the shows on PSTV.

View shows, meet students, and find out more at the PSTV Website.

WARP Radio 

WARP Radio

Campus Channel 10, Charter Cable Channel 194, Online

WARP Radio is a student-operated radio facility broadcasting to the local community on Charter Cable Channel 194 and Campus Channel 10. WARP Radio is also broadcast globally on the Internet. WARP Radio Studios are located in Yokum 136D, adjacent to the Audio Laboratories in Yokum. WARP Radio trains students enrolled in the CMM209 Broadcast Announcing Practicum and CMM409 Radio Management Practicum courses.

The programming format is World-Beat Music. This allows WARP Radio to provide the greater Plattsburgh (& global) community with access to music from countries around the world—thereby giving global voices a forum where they can be heard. Students acquire their knowledge and skills through weekly on-air shifts (which include music, news, weather, and public service announcing), as well as through various management duties and activities.

Many students get involved with WARP to find out just what it’s like to work in radio. Others utilize it as an opportunity to further expand and develop their on-air skills. How can you become a part of WARP Radio? 

For those students who just can’t get enough of radio broadcasting, they can work at both WARP and WQKE.

All production students in the Communication Studies Department can experience WARP Radio:

You can sign up for CMM209 Broadcast Announcing. No prior experience is necessary. (This course may be taken up to 3 times.) If you want to learn more about radio station operations, you can sign up for CMM409 Radio Management. This class requires CMM209 and CMM232 Basic Audio Production as prerequisites. Students enrolled in CMM409 apply for the various radio management positions which keep the station running. This course may also be taken up to 2 times.) If you’re interested in even more intensive radio training opportunities, you can also join WQKE, 93.9 FM.


93.9 WQKE FM 'The Quake' logo WQKE — 93.9 FM, Online

WQKE is the college’s student-run, FCC designated on-air broadcast radio facility. The “Quake’s” alternative, college-radio format broadcasts 10,000 milliwatts of power to the local community—and to a globally-available audience on the Internet. WQKE reaches out to over 40,000 potential area listeners with its music, talk shows, and sports programming.

WQKE is fully trained, staffed, operated, and managed by students who volunteer their time to be a part of the station.

Since WQKE is a Student Association-funded organization, all students enrolled in classes at SUNY Plattsburgh who pay Student Association dues are qualified to be a member of WQKE. No experience is necessary, and ALL majors are welcome to join. Members must be a part of one of the departments at “the Quake”, and put in one hour of station work per week.

Members of WQKE also complete community service work. The Quake regularly participates in their Fall Starve-a-thon which raises cans of food to restock area food shelves. As well, WQKE members also participate in the annual Spring Relay for Life event sponsored on campus.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Timothy Clukey, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 111A
Phone: (518) 564-4290
Email: [email protected]

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681