Lights, Camera, Action! KU-TV gets the tape rolling right away this semester.  Student run shows and production class shows will soon be up and airing on channel 24, 28 and Service Electric 266.  It offers something for everyone, from sports coverage, a magazine show, KU news, a musical showcase and even a student video highlight program, KU-TV is always a good channel to check out.

Between the Lines is one of the production courses offered to Electronic Media majors.  This program is a 30-minute sports talk show that takes viewers behind the scenes of KU sports.  Segments such as “Player of the Week” and “Halftime” engage KU athletes in the show in a creative and fun way. This semester, the class has set goals to reach out to more students with a new segment like “Outside the Lines,” asking students on campus for their opinions pertaining to professional sports teams.

“My favorite part is getting to know the coaches and the players,” said Advisor of the show, Professor Cotellese, “but most importantly, it is to see my students working really hard and collaboratively to create a top-notch show. It’s great to see the crew get excited about their work.”

Between the Lines is set to be on the air by the end of February.

The other class-produced broadcast is Camera One. It is a 30-minute magazine format TV show.  The crew and hosts travel to different places in Lehigh Valley and Berks County to find fun things to do for KU students and community members. Electronic Media majors Devin Raventos and Eddie Richet return this semester for another exciting season of Camera One.

Sometimes at school, students have a tough time getting involved or finding things to do around campus.  KU-TV shows are an informative outlet that students can rely on weekly for up-to-date announcements.  KU-TV’s Newsbreak is a student-run club that reports KU news, sports, entertainment and weather twice a week. Newsbreak is open to students of all majors as long as they are committed to working hard to produce the broadcasts.  Anchors write their own scripts and the crew run cameras and equipment in the control room.

“TV production is a passion of mine and always has been, but being able to do what I love with my friends makes it even more worth it,” said Newsbreak Director Melissa Kelly, “We all share the same passion and dedication.”

This semester, Newsbreak will be working hard to modernize the show with new graphics and will continue enhancing the show-quality for viewers. Training for new “Newsbreak-ers” will begin the week of Feb. 12.

“We encourage anyone who has ever had an interest in television to check out the club, because they may fall in love with television production just like the rest of the Electronic Media students have,” Kelly said.

Last semester, two brand new shows hit the ground running. One of the shows is Showcase. It is a student-produced club where KU-TV literally “showcases” Electronic Media video projects. The show also features interviews conducted by show host, Kyle Ashenfelder.

“I really think that this show illustrates how talented Kutztown University students are,” said Ashenfelder, “It is a good way to show the skills that students have, which reflects the quality of the education the students are obtaining from Kutztown University.”

This semester, Showcase plans to add entertainment value to the show and to captivate the attention of a bigger audience.

The newest show to the KU-TV family is Mic Check.  Produced as a student-run club, with the help of Professor Cotellese, Mic Check plans to add a lot to their 30- minute show this semester. The show brings in local musical acts to perform and be interviewed on the show. The show also features segments like music news, concert updates and music history.

“My favorite part of the show is probably filming the bands live while in the control room and listening to them through the audio board, then going out onto the studio floor behind the cameras and listening to the bands rock the whole studio,” said student creator Nick Quartapella, “It’s like a concert right there.”

If you have a passion for music be sure to tune in to check out the local music scene.

KU-TV is a great way for students to experiment with their broadcasting and production skills.  All of the shows have Facebook pages where you can find out more information, ways to get involved and show times.  Next time you’re flipping through the channels, be sure to tune in to hear about everything going on at KU this semester.

By Haley Bianco


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