In the fall of 2000 an intrepid group of freshmen Radio & TV majors, under the advising of Video Technologies Coordinator, Shawn Kildea, were the inaugural class of the Rider University Network. The group consisted of mainly female students interested in news production for TV. Thus, the flagship program, the News@Rider was born. The moniker was a testament to the information explosion of the relatively newly used internet. The students gathered every Friday afternoon to shoot the News@Rider studio segments and edited in news packages that were shot during the week. Studio graphics were done on a Commodore Computer, a Canadian company the went out of business six years earlier. RUN shot everything on VHS tape, the lowest grade of video available. The members would have to run a copy of the VHS tape over to the top floor of Moore Library, where the master control was located (the place where a tape could be broadcast on the Rider closed-circuit TV system). The news program would typically be about 20 minutes long, so the students would record six copies on a single, 2-hour tape. When the tape reached the end in the master control deck, it would stop, automatically rewind, and play from the beginning so it would run all weekend.
That first semester gave the production students a wealth of extra-curricular experience producing news. In the following years RUN expanded to doing entertainment news, sports, and a variety of other types of shows. In the fall of 2006 Scott Alboum took over as the Staff Advisor to RUN. Mr. Alboum started having the students submit their work to academic conferences and competitions. Since then RUN students have garnered several national awards for the fine work they have done.