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Bessemer Broadcasting Station

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Principal Researchers:

Abigail Arredondo

Faculty Advisor: Prathyusha Viddam

The physical process of demanding a wage increase and the urgent health risks emerged from Bessemer Colorado. From the late 1970s to the 1980s, steel workers were on strike, and many began to resort to food stamps and welfare. “We’re not living, we’re existing. And yet we live in a rich man’s world and we’re starving,” said William Espinoza.

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These were physical experiences that are tied to the steel mill which shaped the city of Bessemer. Embedding a broadcasting station near the steel mill will commemorate the voices from years ago and our voices now. The bulletin boards that are shuffled in the courtyard allow for different opinions, business promotions, issues, and lost and found posters. Through this news outlet, the community can share their voices.

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To encourage this there is a computer room, podcast, and videography room that are open to the public. Along with the auditorium, for any organization or club that needs a space to share infor­mation. The LED communication device that is placed on the west entrance facing the communi­ty is used by the broadcasting team to share important news from lost and found and issues that the Pueblo community is facing.

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