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Liberty Journal Radio launched

October 13, 2011 : Ron Brown/Liberty University News Service

Mark Edwards (front), producer/host of Liberty Journal Radio, is photographed in the Victory FM studio with LJR on-air staff (left to right) Gina Willis, Emily Wall, Chris Wygal and Tola Adamson.

Liberty University announced today that it has started a news radio program, “Liberty Journal Radio,” a continuation of news coverage from the University magazine.

The 15-minute show, hosted by Mark Edwards, includes segments on significant speakers, singing groups, faculty members and students connected with the University.

The show, produced at Victory FM in Lynchburg, is available on the University-owned radio network, which includes more than 30 full-power stations and translators and covers most of Virginia and a large portion of eastern North Carolina.

Liberty Journal Radio is heard weekdays across the Victory Radio Network at 8:15 a.m. and 7:30 pm. The programs can also be heard live and are archived for download at www.victoryfm.net.

“I think this program greatly enhances the university’s ability to provide information on its Christ-based education,” Edwards said.

Victory FM is working in conjunction with the Liberty University News Office to produce content for the program.

The new project adds a sense of immediacy to Liberty’s news operation, which is intended to dispense pertinent information about significant events happening at the University.

While Liberty Journal magazine distributes more than 670,000 copies three times a year, the Liberty Journal Radio format provides an enhanced opportunity for listeners to get information in a more timely manner.

Content produced by the Liberty University News Office is also available in the News & Events section of the www.liberty.edu website and on social media websites at www.facebook.com/LibertyUniversity, www.twitter.com/libertyu, www.youtube.com/LibertyUniversity and on Liberty’s mobile application, myLibertyU.

Recently, Victory FM filed news updates on the campus visits of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, both vying for the Republican presidential nomination.

“We were able to release stories about those events on the University website and on the radio network at the same time. It speaks to convergence of media and we are working toward the News Office being a hub for audio, video, and web content. Liberty Journal Radio is part of that content,” said Ron Brown, executive editor of the Liberty University News Office.

The News Office is designed to merge efforts of the University’s professional staff while providing “real-life” job experience for aspiring journalists.

“I’ve already had two reports on the air, and it’s giving me more media experience to complement my TV internship and work on the student newspaper,” said Tola Adamson, a senior in Liberty’s School of Communication.