Albuquerque relaunches public access channels with improved studio | KOB 4

Albuquerque relaunches public access channels with improved studio

Casey Torres
Created: October 28, 2020 02:04 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Studio 519 on Central is the new and improved home for the City of Albuquerque’s public access channels. It’s been in the works for eight months to make it fully operational once again.

There’s a news desk, set, cameras, lights, editing computers and a control room.


"The studio here used to just be a green screen, and that was about it,” said Stephen Williams, the lead director. “And watching that now—seeing what it used to look like versus what it looks like now — it kind of blows my mind.”

The use of the studio is open to the public for free.

"The airwaves should be accessible to the people. Just because you're not Ted Turner or Rupert Murdoch — you should be able to walk into a studio and send your message out on the same level as other commercial production agencies,” said Hakim Bellamy, the deputy director of the city's Cultural Services Department.

People can record music videos, talk shows, music albums or any creative project as long as they schedule a date and time online on

The studio is also in talks to partner up with local youth groups and colleges.

“To give people the opportunity to come to a legit stage with lighting, mics, with IFB, with a control room, with cameras — everything like that and allow them to make their ideas to come to life — that is just a great idea and it's amazing to me that they can do that,” said Williams.

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