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BYU Broadcast Services offers new speeches database

Brigham Young University Broadcast Services is now home to a one-of-a-kind "Find a Talk" database available at www.byubroadcasting.org.

The database, which has been open to the public since October 2002, provides access to all talks aired on KBYU-TV, BYU-Television, and KBYU-FM, as well as General Conference talks, LDS Business College devotionals, and BYU-Hawaii and BYU-Idaho devotionals.

"It is a unique resource that BYU Broadcasting offers that can't be found anywhere else," said Michael Hunter, BYU Broadcasting producer.

As of March 17 there were 3,662 entries into the database, and it is constantly being updated with new material.

Hunter said his goal is to have the database provide access to all aired material, as well as to material with a resource on the Web, that is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The database is searchable by name, title, event, date and keyword, and it links to any current Web locations where talks can be read, heard or purchased. The database also gives the next air date and location, when available.

Hunter said the database was created as a service to viewers and listeners.

"We want to make it more convenient for our viewers to access programs that we air," Hunter said.

Work began on the database in the fall of 2001, which was put into action in October 2002 with the redesign of the BYU Broadcasting Web site.

Since its debut, the database has proven successful, receiving roughly 10 percent of the traffic for the entire byubroadcasting.org website.

"People are happy to have a repository of links and resources where they can find information on many different talks and presentations, including Education Week and older BYU Devotionals," said Wendy Waits, BYU Broadcasting webmaster.

April Randall, a student employee of BYU Broadcasting, manages the database.

Writer: Emily Wignall

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