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ENMU-R to name broadcast studio after local TV newsman

Submitted Photo ENMU-Roswell plans to create a broadcast studio and related facilities in a cooperative project with ENMU in Portales, which has radio and TV stations. The studio will be named in honor of David González, a well-known local broadcaster who died in 2019.

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell is renovating instructional space to launch a broadcast station satellite studio in 2022 and recently received approval to dedicate it in honor of a well-known local TV newsman and broadcast announcer who passed away more than two years ago.

The ENMU Board of Regents gave its approval Nov. 19 for naming the studio in honor of David González, said ENMU-Roswell President Shawn Powell.

The regents’ decision follows a similar vote on Nov. 10 by the ENMU-Roswell Community College Board.

González died at age 63 on May 6, 2019. He was a Roswell native who graduated from Goddard High School in 1973. He returned a few years after earning a broadcast journalism degree from ENMU in Portales to become a reporter and anchor for KBIM-TV, at that time a CBS affiliate. He served in various capacities with the station, including as news director and station manager, for about 20 years, with some years in between as a news reporter for a TV news station in Albuquerque and as a Tejano radio station manager.

When he passed away, he had been the branch manager of Cable One, an internet and cable provider now called Sparklight, for about 17 years.

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González was sometimes called the “voice of Roswell” or the “Golden Voice” and was known for serving as an announcer at community events such as high school sport competitions and commencement ceremonies. His community work included being a women’s softball coach, a Little League baseball coach, a mentor of local TV news students and, for two years, a Roswell City Councilor.

As one of 12 siblings, he was a member of a large family with deep roots in the community.

Powell said that the family has made a $20,000 gift to the ENMU-Roswell Foundation for establishing the ENMU-Roswell broadcast studio, to be located in the Instructional Technology Center.

Renovations of what had been a computer lab are occurring now, he said. In previous interviews, ENMU-Roswell staff said the space also would include a control room and office.

“One of the things that we need to do is to have a back-up generator for this,” he said. “The last time we ordered and looked into the back-up generator, it is 33 weeks lead time.”

The shortages in labor and materials and the global issues involving shipping are resulting in the delay for receiving the generator, which is required for the broadcast service to function independently of the Portales station. Powell said that when ENMU-Roswell first explored ordering the equipment, without having detailed specifications, they were told it would take about 18 weeks to receive it.

The Roswell studio is intended to serve as a satellite of KENW, a Public Broadcast Station (PBS) affiliate based at the Portales campus of ENMU. That station has four channels, including FNX or First Nations Experience, provided by satellite from California.

“It is going to be functional in terms of being able to broadcast, but then also our students will be able to use that space in their academic programs,” Powell said.

Powell said that ENMU, which also runs the KENW FM radio station, a National Public Radio affiliate, is driving the satellite broadcast studio project. ENMU-Roswell is cooperating because it believes the studio will prepare students interested in journalism, broadcast production or communications careers.

“We don’t have a journalism degree, per se, but between the media arts and communications (programs), we are going to try to help students who are interested in broadcast journalism and broadcast opportunities,” he said.

A development director with KENW in Portales said in February when the project was first announced that the station believed that staff and students can produce documentaries or news segments for KENW as well as other New Mexico broadcast stations, filling a need for southeast New Mexico coverage. Staff and students also could produce non-journalistic TV and radio productions, the KENW staff member said.

Powell indicated that a studio grand opening and dedication ceremony will occur after the studio launches.

Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.