UCentral is the student media network of the University of Central Oklahoma, featuring the student television newscast NewsCentral; the campus radio station, ed90.1; the media website and social networking sites of UCO360.com; and the campus newspaper, The Vista. UCentral is located within the Mass Communication Building on the campus of UCO. It provides hands-on, real-world experience for mass communication majors.
UCentral originally began as KCSU-TV in 1976. In 2006, the television station underwent major renovation and digital equipment upgrades to include a state-of-the-art control room and studio. UCentral television features on-going programs such as NewsCentral, the student run newscast; The Huddle, a weekly football highlight program during the fall; Conspiracy, an in-depth look at untold truths; Showdown, a topic driven program looking at both sides; and RandomPlay, a unique perspective of college humor.
In 2009, broadcast operations and the campus newspaper converged under the umbrella of UCentral – UCO’s Student Media Network, to prepare students for traditional and new media careers. Not only was this convergence “physical” by sharing a common newsroom, it has started the steps of media integration by melding the websites of the television station, radio station and newspaper to create the UCO360.com.
In addition to UCO360.com, UCentral believes social networking is crucial to the future of multimedia journalism. Students can “like” UCentral on facebook.
NewsCentral is the award winning student newscast. It airs Monday through Thursday in the city of Edmond, Oklahoma on Cox digital channel 125 (qam channel 98.6).
NewsCentral is a member of Oklahoma Education Broadcast Association, Associated Press, College Media Advisors, Collegiate Broadcasters Incorporated and Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
The Vista was established in 1903 as the student newspaper of the University of Central Oklahoma. It is distributed free of charge on the UCO campus and designated off-campus locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters. The paper is published on Wednesdays during the summer semester.
The Vista is a member of the Oklahoma Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Associated Collegiate Press and the Associated Press.
The student media website, UCO360.com features the combined journalistic efforts of The Vista and NewsCentral and entertainment from UCentral TV. UCO360.com offers students the ability to provide input as to what information is important to them and a venue to express their opinions. Additionally, everyone around the world can enjoy live television programming from UCentral TV via UStream.
KCSC HD2 (lovingly called ed 90.1) is the student radio station broadcasting from the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. ed 90.1 broadcasts all across Oklahoma City on the HD 2 side channel of the university’s classical music station 90.1 KCSC . The station can also be heard online, iTunes radio, and on the iPhone/Android app TuneIn Radio. The station is on-air 24/7.
ed 901 plays “Today’s College Music” and features such artists as Coldplay, Paramore, Katy Perry, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, The All American Rejects, Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Pink, Maroon 5, Snow Patrol, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.