WSHU and Public Safety

Sacred Heart University is constructing a new three-story, 21,000 square foot building on Park Avenue that will serve as home for WSHU, the onsite National Public Radio station serving Fairfield County and southeastern Connecticut, as well as home to SHU's Public Safety Department. The new venue will provide the opportunity for enhanced programming, training and special events for the radio station, in addition to a state-of-the art communication and dispatch center that will enhance the Public Safety Department’s service needs, responsibilities and requirements.

WSHU

“With 13 frequencies, a blended format of NPR News and classical music, and an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning news team, WSHU Public Radio serves as a terrific learning resource to have on our campus,” said George Lombardi, general manager, WSHU. “The expanded radio station provides critically needed resources for meeting today’s broadcasting needs.”

Features:

  • two full studios
  • four editing suites
  • on-air-equipped control room studios
  • 1,100-square-foot community room
  • offices for administrators, production managers and engineers
  • conference room
  • roof deck

Public Safety Department

Paul Healy, executive director for Public Safety and Emergency Management, cites the logic of having the radio station and Public Safety sharing space, since SHU officials play an integral role in helping to meet the fire, public safety and emergency-preparedness needs of Connecticut Region One (there are five geographic regions in the state). WSHU is a member of the National Emergency Broadcast System.

"This new facility will enhance our efforts to provide top-quality, proactive public safety programs and support,” said Healy. “We’re upgrading communication, technology and surveillance capabilities and providing improved access in one professional services building.”

Features:

  • 24/7 emergency power backup to facilitate the needs of emergency response teams
  • central command station
  • debriefing and interview rooms
  • dispatch room
  • employee showers
  • bike storage

In the News:

WSHU and Public Safety break ground for a new building on Park Avenue. (Flickr Gallery)

Work Zone Camera

WSHU Radio Station and Public Safety