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December 4, 2008

RSU Radio to Debut New Public Affairs Program Dec. 10

A new 30-minute public affairs program titled "Making Oklahoma Work: Community Problems and Solutions" will debut at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on RSU Radio FM 91.3, the radio station operated by Rogers State University.

The first installment of the new program, "Resolving Claremore's Train Problem," will focus on transportation issues facing the city of Claremore. The program will repeat at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

"We will discuss the difficulties and emerging solutions associated with one of the city's most troublesome transportation challenges," said Steve Housel, executive producer.

The new series will be broadcast quarterly, examining issues and policies of concern to citizens in communities across northeast Oklahoma, Housel said. Future programs will investigate the rebirth of the Pearl District, a troubled Tulsa neighborhood, and will examine how city employees in Owasso are rewarded based on their work performance.

RSU students Sara Fultz and Ryan Sappington, both of Claremore, co-produced the program, along with Housel, including researching, writing, editing and conducting interviews.

"This program exemplifies RSU's continuing commitment to community involvement," Housel said. "It also reflects the university's dedication to public affairs radio programming."

The series is sponsored by the RSU Public Administration Program, the RSU Department of History and Political Science and RSU Radio. RSU offers a bachelor's degree in public administration.

Housel is coordinator of the Public Administration Program. He has 10 years of experience as a radio broadcaster, and earned master's and doctoral degrees in public administration and political science.

"This program promises to add diversity and value to our overall programming," said Cathy Coomer, general manager of RSU Radio.

For more information about the program or to suggest future topics, call (918) 343-7811.