President Eyring Dedicates BYU Broadcast Building
Contributed By Heather Whittle Wrigley, Church News and Events
On Friday, August 12, 2011, President Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the new Brigham Young University Broadcasting Technical Operations Center in Provo, Utah.
“The Lord’s plan is to advance ever more rapidly His word and His works,” he said. “These buildings have been built to take advantage of the wonderful and miraculous technology that will allow the university and Church to reach the hearts and minds of members and friends across the world.”
Elders Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard—all apostles and members of BYU’s Board of Trustees—as well as Elders Paul V. Johnson, Richard G. Maynes, and Lynne G. Robbins of the First Quorum of the Seventy were all in attendance.
BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson, a member of the Seventy, conducted the dedication and began by commenting on the history of BYU Broadcasting and the important role technology plays in taking BYU’s message to all the world.
President Eyring recalled President Spencer W. Kimball’s words from 1974: “Just think what can be accomplished when we broadcast our message in many languages over numerous radio stations, large and small, around the world, and millions of good people listening on their transistors are being indoctrinated with the truth.”
“If our technology does not improve the lives of others and help bring them home to Him, we have missed the mark,” President Eyring said, emphasizing that these new buildings will help others bring the gospel message to people throughout the world.
Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, along with officials from BYU, broke ground for the Broadcasting Building on May 7, 2009.
On that day, he spoke of using BYU Broadcasting to “draw those who are seeking to know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ” and to change “the spirit and attitude of the world.”
The three-level, 100,000-square-foot (9,300 square meter), state-of-the-art building located on the BYU campus houses all the BYU Broadcasting units that were previously located in other sites both on and off campus: KBYU Eleven, Classical 89, BYUtv, BYUtv International, BYU Radio, BYU Radio Instrumental, and BYU Radio International.
The building includes three television production studios, two television control rooms, radio studios, radio performance space, and master control operations. It is now home to approximately 80 full-time employees and more than 250 student employees.