A change of location with a happy ending
Initially located at Fraunhofer IIS, FAU and the association were soon looking for larger premises – the number of employees was steadily increasing and the campus radio station wanted to move closer to the university. The university itself was the first place to look, but this search was unsuccessful. Then funklust e.V. learned of a vacant floor in the E-Werk cultural center in Erlangen that it could rent. The space was still cramped, but the proximity to the city’s cultural hub proved to be very advantageous. Three years later, however, renovation work began at the E-Werk, and the center needed the upper floor for its own employees. So the radio studio, and thus the association, were homeless again.
Once more, studio manager Thomas Bauernschmitt (FAU), technical manager Julian Popp (IIS) and funklust e.V. went in search of a new place to set up shop. Here’s where the close collaboration with FAU paid off, as Christian Zens, the university chancellor, became aware of their plight. A potential solution was soon found in the form of a university building located on Ulrich-Schalk-Straße, near the Westbad Erlangen city pool. The building was originally intended to house department chairs as part of the professors’ program, but in the meantime they had found a space downtown. This meant the “Blue House” was available, so the radio station and funklust e.V., along with the FAU Multimedia Center, moved into the building. Fraunhofer IIS provided support during the planning phase and helped get things set up – transferring all the equipment from the E-Werk to the Blue House, reestablishing the connection to the transmitters and purchasing new equipment. In close coordination with the university’s IT service provider, RRZE, the system was completely back up and running within three days.
The premises are optimally equipped: storage rooms in the basement, a small workshop, a dedicated server room, a radio studio including broadcast studio, production room, separate spaces for program planning and the managing editor, as well as an office for studio head Thomas Bauernschmitt. FAU’s Multimedia Center is housed on the second floor, and a green screen and speaker’s booth have been added on the third. Both funklust and the Multimedia Center benefit from sharing the space. Now nothing stands in the way of a successful, productive future with many new formats and the testing of new technologies!