It all started when…
In 1979, WAVE-TV was first recognized by the AU Student Confederation (the predecessor to the AU Student Government). The station finally went on-the-air on January 19, 1982 on campus-wide closed circuit television. Its offices were located in the Mary Graydon Center and would broadcast three nights a week (Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30-10 pm during its first season) from the AU Broadcast Center. WAVE was funded by the Student Confederation and by local advertisers.
In the early 1990s, WAVE was renamed to A-TV2, later shortened to ATV. Most of the shows were broadcast in the Letts Hall Basement and SOC’s Media Production Center. Other programming included syndicated subscription feed programming from the National Association of College Broadcasters and the College Life Television Network. ATV also expanded to AU dorm rooms during this time and saw a significant expansion of its programming. ATV was also recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, receiving the first place Mark of Excellence Award in sports reporting, sports photography, and overall newscast. Notable alumni who worked for ATV during this time include David Gregory (’92, now political analyst at CNN) and Chris Noll (’98, host of The Chris Wylde Show on Comedy Central, picked up directly from ATV!).
Following AU’s renovation of Mary Graydon Center in 2002, ATV moved its studio and offices to the new location on the second floor, where it remains today. ATV also began airing 24/7 programming following the move to MGC. ATV launched its first minimal presence online in 2007, followed by launching an expanded, full-featured website in November 2009, when it also began livestreaming a simulcast of its on-campus broadcast for the first time.
Around 2010, ATV began the process of redeveloping itself as a legitimate television station. ATV’s programming expanded to a dozen shows, developed a full-time 24/7 broadcast schedule, and expanded many of its supporting departments. The new ATV Productions Department spearheaded a partnership with the AU Student Government to produce the president’s “Fireside Chat” series, and connected with many other student organizations to work on video production projects. ATV launched its innovative new logo and “turn us on” branding campaign in September 2011.
In 2012, ATV formed its first formal contracted video production agreement with AU’s Office of Campus Life, through which ATV’s Productions Department began producing marketing videos for OCL’s public use. ATV also began reporting from press events at the White House for the first time, becoming part of the White House Press Corps as a student station.