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Spotlight: Titan TV

Special thanks to Christine Juhas, Titan TV’s promotions director for answering the questions!

The Titan TV team.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
We just celebrated our 42nd anniversary. We broadcast on campus and in town on Charter Spectrum with live news and sports streaming and VOD on our website titan-tv.org.

Behind the scenes at Titan TV.

As of 2016 we have gone fully HD. Each semester we broadcast games of several UWO athletic teams as well as have a weekly newscast. Each semester we also have pitches for 2-3 studio/field shows to be produced. We do approximately 110 productions a year.

What sets your station apart from other college TV stations?
The great thing about Titan TV is that your first day as a student at UWO you can get involved. You don’t even have to be a student in the major to help out on shows and broadcasts. Students that take the opportunity to start getting hands on experience their first year go on to do great things for the station and in their careers.

Why did you choose to work at the TV station?
I choose to work at Titan TV as the Promotions Director because I feel like Titan TV is a cool organization to be a part of and I wanted the rest of the campus and community to know about it. I love getting the word out about upcoming shows, broadcasts, and events that students can watch on our channel.

The Titan TV crew.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
I once had a space rented out at the local farmer’s market to hand out merchandise and spread the word about the station. When I showed up I didn’t know I was supposed to bring my own table so I made a make shift table out of moving boxes in my car, threw a tablecloth over it, and did the best with what I had. The weird looking setup actually attracted a lot of community members and the promotional event was a success!

What’s the best part of college student media? And what’s the hardest part?
The best part is basically having the freedom and resources to create any kind of content that you want. Every day people have ideas that would make for great TV shows or news stories and at Titan TV we make those ideas a reality. It’s also cool to be able to tell people, “Yea, I’ve produced my own show” and they just kind of look at you like “What? That’s cool!”

The hardest part of student media is just finding time to get projects done. Students in the Radio/TV/Film major are like everyone else — we all have jobs, go to class, and have our own responsibilities. It takes a lot of people to create the type of content that we do and sometimes it’s hard to coordinate everyone’s schedules but we always make it work.

Titan TV sports covers the field.

Plus, check out some of the Titan TV promos on their YouTube channel!

By | May 10th, 2017|Spotlight|Comments Off on Spotlight: Titan TV

Spotlight: UPTV

 

UPTV’s Pitt Tonight.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?

Our station started as the collaboration between one student and the Film Studies department in 2001. At the time it was called Creation Station and debuted with shows ranging from sitcoms to cooking shows. Eventually, around the time we got our closed-circuit up and running, the name was changed to University of Pittsburgh Television. As the years went on, in part due to temporarily losing the closed circuit system, the focus of the club changed to online content and mostly short sketches and films. In the last two years we have had resurgence in content, lead by the success of our late night show Pitt Tonight. We are just at the beginning of a new era for UPTV and are looking forward to the future.
– Mark Connor, Station Librarian

What sets your station apart from other college TV stations?

The new UPTV team.

The main things that set UPTV apart from other college television stations it’s unique structure and programming style. Because we have limited resources, we have had to get creative in the way that we produce content. We operate as a fully student-run organization and shoot mostly on borrowed equipment. While trying to create a media program at a school, without one has it’s difficulties, it has also given us the freedom to make the content that we want to make. We are one of few schools who produce scripted series along with core content and we release fully online, each show with it’s own showrunner, production team, and marketing team. We have an incredibly diverse staff who come from all corners of our university, and that difference in experience allows for incredible collaboration.

Our station is forging a new path at Pitt and we are creating our own opportunities, building our shows independently from the ground up. Our station and our shows act as a classroom for our members, providing students with the skills that they may not be able to get easily from other parts of our university. Our station is truly a community of students striving to make media production stronger and at UPTV we are able to dictate and create how and what we want to create.
– Hayley Ulmer, Executive Producer of Pitt Tonight

Why did you choose to work at the TV station?

I chose to become part of UPTV my freshmen year here at Pitt. After going to the first meeting, I knew I wanted to stay. I loved helping create random videos with this group of people, but the video aspect isn’t what got me to stay in the club. It was the people in the club that made me want to stay. This group of people quickly became more than friends, they became my first family here at Pitt and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. Over the past year, our club has restructured and has gained a ton of new members and I am looking forward to welcoming them to our family.
– Cassidy Fischer, Station Manager

Whats the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?

UPTV knit-bombs the Panther.

The craziest thing I’ve ever done for the station is something called a knit bomb. Our university’s mascot is a panther, so for a publicity stunt we had knitted (for weeks) a sweater to put onto the Panther. We went out at 3 in the morning and knitted this sweater onto the panther. It was crazy because the next day we realized we had done it on the Panther’s birthday.
– Cat Murray Assistant Station Manager

What’s the best part of college student media? And what’s the hardest part?

A college campus is a collage of opportunity and affinity; a compact version of the world we’re preparing to enter. As the narrators and chroniclers of this microcosm, media students are presented with a gold mine of potential material to cover during their four years, and anyone who disagrees simply isn’t digging deep enough. Even on a campus without a news studio, sound stage, or production facility, the potential for media is equally as achievable, if not more so.

The hardest part is simply finding it in yourself to make those possibilities a reality. Seeking out peers with a similar dream or passion isn’t just for the sake of networking or small talk. It’s for the sake of pushing yourself to create an outlet, whether that be in television, radio, film, print, or online, and to begin the lifelong journey of finding your verse in this world as early as possible. Students, professors, custodians, cafeteria workers all have a fresh story to tell, and the only person keeping it from the world is you.
– Jesse Irwin, Host of Pitt Tonight

 

By | April 12th, 2017|Spotlight, Station Profile, Weekly Showcase|Comments Off on Spotlight: UPTV

Spotlight: University of Kansas’ KJHK

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Special thanks to Matt Primovic, station manager, for answering the questions!

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Photo by John Adair.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
KJHK first went on air in October of 1975, so this October we will be celebrating 40 years on air. Prior to 2010, KJHK broadcast from a small shack behind KU’s football stadium. In 2010, KJHK moved into its new studio space in the student union on campus. KJHK doesn’t focus only on radio, though that is of course our specialty. Over our 40 years on air, we have developed an award-winning in studio performance series (Live @ KJHK) and taken our radio and put it on the internet, and more recently through our mobile apps. KJHK prides itself on being the self-described “sound alternative” to commercial radio in the area, and strives to uphold that ideal.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
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Photo by John Adair.

As previously mentioned, KJHK strives to provide an on-air experience that you won’t hear from any of the local commercial stations. We also have a robust multimedia department, the most noticeable facet of which is our live in-studio performance show “Live @ KJHK.” The station brings at least one (often more) band per week in to the studio to perform live on air, or to pre-record for future broadcast. All of our in-studio performance get audio and video post-production so that our videos are as high quality as possible. Our YouTube page is at nearly 400,000 views (doubled from this time last year), and up over 1000 subscribers. We also have a unique partnership with another organization on campus that does event planning, that allows us to put on large shows in downtown Lawrence, KS. It has been an incredibly successful endeavor for the station, and has allowed us to put on shows featuring the likes of HAIM, Real Estate, Chance the Rapper, and SZA in just the past two years.


Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
Apart from my love of music, which is something that I share with most people working in college radio, I decided to work at the radio station because I wanted to be in an environment where I could explore new music, and where I could help spread that music around to other people and introduce them to new things. I also saw it as a new challenge, as I had never worked in radio before I came to college. Another thing that drew me into KJHK was the friendly and inviting atmosphere. During my first week on campus as a freshman, I walked into the station for some information, and a staff member at the time sat with me and talked about KJHK for nearly an hour. I was hooked immediately, and I was impressed that someone cared so much about a college radio station. After I joined, it didn’t take me long to understand why he was so passionate about the station.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Photo by John Adair.

Photo by John Adair.

I wouldn’t call a lot of what I’ve done at the station crazy, but one particularly funny memory that I have is from when we were trying to produce a video for mtvU to showcase the station. The idea was to have a single shot video that was a tour through the station, while we made fun of college radio stereotypes in each room. It took over two hours to make the video that ended up being barely longer than a minute. It was a hilarious and fun experience, and I think its pretty representative of the spirit of KJHK.


What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part? 
Photo by John Adair.

Photo by John Adair.

I think the best part of college radio is the opportunity to be in a creative and hard working environment, surrounded by people who share a similar passion for music. KJHK has been an incredible experience for me because of how it pushes all of the staff members to do their best work, and in the end it is an extremely rewarding experience. Of course having connections to go to shows in the area isn’t bad either!

The hardest part about working for KJHK has been balancing work with school. The expectation at KJHK is that we will continue to improve every year, and that requires a lot of work from the staff, and requires everyone to be ready to go at a moments notice. It can be difficult at first to balance the two, but it is definitely worth it in the end.

By | May 7th, 2015|Spotlight|1 Comment

Spotlight: Streetsboro High School’s WSTB

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Special thanks to adviser Bob Long and student operations manager Quintin O’Boyle  for answering the questions!

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Junior Brantley “Dave” Groscost (next year’s Operations Manager) doing his AM drive show.

Tell me a little history about your station and where your station is now?
Bob: WSTB was licensed on March 23, 1972 to Streetsboro City Schools. For the first 4 years the station played a variety of different programming. In 1976 the station changed to a rock oldies format known at “Golden 91”. (At that time our frequency was 91.5MHz.) In 1982 we switched to contemporary hits. Then, in 1991things began to take off. We adopted a heavy metal format known at “V-ROCK … All Metal, All Day”. The metal format hung around for 8 years until 1999. In August 1999 we became the “Alternation” playing modern rock. We have continued that format for over 15 years with our weekly audience growing to over 25,000 listeners in the Akron/Cleveland market. This year we began “Rocket Radio Cybercasts” which provides Internet streaming of school events such as basketball and baseball games, band concerts, graduation, and Board of Education meetings. We are also in the process of designing a new radio station facility for our new high school which will open in 1-1/2 years.

What sets your station apart from other college radio and TV stations?
Bob: WSTB is a broadcast FM at 88.9 MHz on the air 24x7x365 and is operated Monday through Saturday solely by Streetsboro High School juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the broadcasting program. (On Sunday, community adults come in and play oldies rock ‘n’ roll from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.) The students not only learn how to broadcast, but they also learn business management skills, promotional techniques by working with community groups on events, and technology by helping to maintain our local network.

Quintin: I think what separates our radio from others is the quality of the sound. Our station is run by high school students and our listeners, unless told otherwise, are unaware of that fact. This shows the quality of our on-air sound.

Why did you choose to work at the radio/TV station?
Bob: My radio career began in 1968 when I was a student at the University of Akron (WAUP, now WZIP). I continued after college in commercial radio news with three years as a news editor at WHLO, Akron followed by eight years as News Director at WKNT (now WNIR) Kent/Akron. While there the opportunity to teach high school and run our local school radio station intrigued me so I moved up the road 5 miles to Streetsboro. I’ve been here ever since. (This is my 34th year of teaching classes and being General Manager of WSTB.)

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Seniors Alex Hahn and Quintin O’Boyle answer phones during our annual week-long membership drive.

Qunitin: There are approximately 100 high school ran radio stations in the U.S. and my high school is one of them. This is a coveted program to get into, having an opportunity of this magnitude was not something I planned on passing up.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
Bob: In 1999, prior to our conducting our annual membership drive, we were going to have a Saturday night concert in the school gym featuring the local heavy metal band Mushroomhead. This was before they signed national and used to stop by the station from time to time just to hang out and chat on air with the DJs. The prospect of a heavy metal concert in the gym raised the ire of some people in the community. The result was a protest and threatened boycott of local businesses by local churches, a huge debate at City Hall with the Mayor canceling the show, followed by City Council changing the city law usurping a portion of the mayor’s power allowing the concert to go on. Then came the Columbine High School shooting 4 days before the concert. Everybody was so frightened and concerned that the concert was canceled and never rescheduled. Along the way we received more newspaper and TV news coverage than we ever imagined. We would walk into the station and randomly there would be a Cleveland TV news crew there looking for an update on the concert. It was a crazy three months.

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Monthly staff meeting lead by Operations Manager Quintin O’Boyle (seated at computer) and Program Director Alex Hahn.

What’s the best part of college radio/TV? And the hardest part?
Bob: I like the atmosphere of high school radio. It’s much less intense than being in commercial radio these days, plus it’s lots of fun working with the student staff. We enjoy doing new things together as well as traveling and schmoozing at the CBI conventions.

Quintin: The best part of this radio station is being able to learn how to work within and with a management staff, learning to work in a true business atmosphere and the being able to broadcast live on radio.

By | April 2nd, 2015|Spotlight, Station Profile|Comments Off on Spotlight: Streetsboro High School’s WSTB

Spotlight: WMCX Monmouth University

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Special thanks to Danielle Gerts, general manager, for answering the questions!

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Give a little history about your station and where your station is now?

WMCX was started in the 1960s in a closet on the top floor of Monmouth University’s student center. A studio was built in the same place two years later, and we were a 10 watt station (we only reached the parking lot). In 1987 we moved to the frequency we have now (88.9fm) and became a 1,000 watt station. Since then, the station and its popularity has grown immensely. In 2002, the Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication was built, and that is where WMCX has found its new home. We are the only station on the Jersey Shore that plays “modern rock with an edge,” and recently we have been focusing on highlighting local bands. Just this past May, WMCX celebrated its 40th birthday.

What sets your station apart from other college radio stations?
monmouth1WMCX is different from other college stations because we have not only a local following, but an international one as well. Due to the “listen live” streaming radio feature on the website, we have listeners from Ukraine, Australia, and countless other countries.

Why did you choose to work at the radio station?
I decided to become part of the WMCX family because everyone is so welcoming. I call it a family because truly that is what it is. Sometimes we argue like brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day we all truly love each other and the station. WMCX has become a home away from home for not only me, but all of the members. I cannot think of one person at The X that doesn’t feel the same way.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for your station?
monmouth2We are currently planning the craziest event for WMCX. On March 13th (Friday the 13th), we are having a 24-Hour Music Fest. Since December, we have booked a total of 24 bands who will all have a one hour slot to play a live set on-air and be interviewed by a member of The X. Everyone attending will be staying awake for all 24 hours … it should be interesting to say the least.

What’s the best part of college radio? And the hardest part?
The best part of college radio is having an outlet to express yourself. The two hours per week that I have my show, I get to play the music that I love, and share it with the community around me. Also, I have made so many of my closest friends at WMCX. College radio is what made my experience at MU memorable. The hardest part of working at the station is having to separate business from fun. I am friends with everyone at the station, but I’m also the general manager. The hardest thing is having to sometimes put friendship to the side for a little while, and think of it as a business relationship.

 

By | March 5th, 2015|Member News, Spotlight, Station Profile|Comments Off on Spotlight: WMCX Monmouth University

Spotlight: WLOY

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While not exactly a CBI spotlight feature, we just had to share this video from WLOY at Loyola University in Baltimore. Definitely keeping the FUN where it belongs — in college media!

If you’re a CBI member and interested in having your organization featured as a spotlight, email Jessica at itcontent@askcbi.org. We’ve got some great profiles coming up from student TV and radio groups across the country and we’d love to have you too.

By | January 29th, 2015|Spotlight|Comments Off on Spotlight: WLOY