WKSU Launches Redesigned Website
WKSU has launched a new website design to respond to the general increase in online viewing from mobile devices. WKSU.org is now responsive, allowing the layout to instantly adapt to screen sizes ranging from desktop and laptop to smartphone and tablet. The website is built in conjunction with NPR Digital Services to coordinate with the NPR Application Programming Interface (API).
Popular features from WKSU’s previous design, such as the music playlist and posts of WKSU News reports, are available through a cleaner looking front page and streamlined navigation. WKSU.org continues to offer four distinct audio streams: the on-air stream, FolkAlley.com, all Classical and 24-hour News, now accessed from a persistent player that creates a seamless listening experience from page to page. Visitors also will find station events, information from area arts and cultural organizations, details on WKSU membership and underwriting opportunities and more.
“We built the new WKSU.org to be Northeast Ohio’s news home,” says Chuck Poulton, WKSU’s director of information technology and engineering. “Its responsive design makes it easy for people to view the website on multiple devices, so that they can find the latest news from WKSU and NPR anywhere they go, any time of day, conveniently and efficiently.”
Future plans for the website include a rollout of WKSU news podcasts, including weekly conversations with sports writer Terry Pluto, Quick Bites segments on food and eating, Exploradio reports on research and innovation and the new State of the Arts series. The “ArtsLink” arts and culture listing will be transitioned into a new event calendar, currently in development, in late spring. Past stories from WKSU news are still available as archived posts
WKSU is an award-winning public radio station and service of Kent State University that broadcasts to 22 counties in Northeast Ohio from the station’s primary signal at 89.7. WKSU content also can be heard over WKRW 89.3 (Wooster), WKRJ 91.5 (Dover/New Philadelphia), WKSV 89.1 (Thompson), WNRK 90.7 (Norwalk) and W239AZ 95.7 (Ashland). The station adds WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel over HD Radio and as streaming audio at www.wksu.org.