[Source: Arizona State University] — Another major step was taken in the partnership between ASU and the City of Phoenix with the arrival of Eight/KAET-TV. Eight relocated its television signal to the all-new digital media center at Fillmore and Central in downtown Phoenix, after nearly 50 years at the ASU Tempe campus. The final move in December was a culmination of more than two years of planning, fundraising, equipment acquisitions, installation, and staff training.
The station’s signature public affairs programs “Horizon” and “Horizonte” began broadcasting from the new location last month. “Horizon” airs at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and “Horizonte” airs at 7:30 p.m., each Thursday.
“Eight’s beginnings were humble, to say the least,” said Kelly McCullough, Eight’s general manager. “The first broadcast facility was a trailer on the Tempe campus at Arizona State University. We are now stewards of a state-of-the-art facility thanks to the support of the City of Phoenix, ASU and the many contributors to the Campaign for Arizona PBS.”
Eight’s content reaches far beyond the television signal. The award-winning programs chronicle the state’s history, culture, and landmarks, and offer special insight into the diverse communities. Eight’s public affairs shows encourage civic engagement with discussion and commentary from Arizona lawmakers and business leaders. And the Eight’s educational outreach projects offer instruction to students and professional development to educators throughout the state.
St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix is known for its beautiful, historic stained-glass windows. KAET’s Horizon looks at the inspiration to restore them to their original brilliance.
[Source: Jahna Berry, Arizona Republic, June 20, 2008] — Workers are finishing a signature building on Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. The $71 million future home for the journalism school and Channel 8 is a bronze building with crisp lines, loft-like spaces and cutting-edge classroom details, said Richard Stanley, a senior vice president and university planner. “We wanted to put in place the notion that this was for an urban campus,” Stanley said. “It’s not just another office building.”
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will move from Tempe to downtown Phoenix this summer, in time for the fall term. The school will share the six-story, 223,000-square-foot building with the public television station and KBAQ, a classical music station. It’s the latest ASU division to move from Tempe since the university and Phoenix city leaders established the campus in 2006. It’s now an integral part of city plans to revitalize downtown Phoenix. The venture has been funded by a $220 million voter-approved bond. [Note: To read the full article, click here. To view 24/7 webcam, click here.]