Building of vision
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Faculty members and other supporters were excited as Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve and others broke ground May 7 at the site of the future BYU Broadcasting Building on the BYU campus.
"I don't believe any of us fully realize what we are starting here today," Elder Ballard said in his remarks during the groundbreaking ceremony. "I know we have somewhat of a vision, but I think it's limited compared to the reality of what we will know and see a few years after this building is erected and operating."
The new building will be located north of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum on the BYU campus. The broadcasting building's plans include three floors that will house all of the units of BYU Broadcasting. The units include: BYU Television, BYU Television International, KBYU Television, BYU Radio and KBYU-FM Classical 89.
"It will be a wonderful thing that you don't have to prepare a program and run all over the Brigham Young University campus to complete it. To have it all here is going to be a marvelous accomplishment," Elder Ballard said.
The building will be an estimated 100,000 square feet and will include TV production studios, audio and video editing space and a master control area on the first floor; radio studios, Web/new media department and space for producers and programming staff on the second floor; and executive offices, human resources, and accounting and marketing departments on the third floor.
Elder Ballard said that his vision is that "this broadcasting effort from Brigham Young University has the potential of being the voice that will be heard around the world, that will be the voice of the Lord, that will take head-on the contest that is going on in the world between good and evil."
Not only will the new building facilitate producing more and better content, it will provide opportunity to counteract Lucifer's freedom in the media, allowing the kind of programming that will draw those who are seeking to know the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder Ballard said.
Although the building will facilitate more effective broadcasting, it also means more opportunities for Church members.
"I wish I could tell you that with the completion of the building we can sit back and relax," Elder Ballard said. "But this is just the beginning. It is going to require an ongoing constant contribution on the part of all of us."
But the contribution Elder Ballard was talking about was more than just monetary. Spiritual insight and personal gifts and talents will be needed to develop the programming that will touch hearts and change lives.
"There has never been a time where something good, like what will come from BYU Broadcasting, is so desperately needed in a world that is being tossed literally to and fro by every wind of doctrine," Elder Ballard said. "May God bless us and may His inspiration and the power of heaven be with us as we go forward to build this building."