For the last few weeks, I have been slowly gathering information for a post about The Chapman Broadcast Network, a club that was created earlier this year to give Dodge students a chance to work on professional productions, such as live Chapman events, such as football games.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jamie Altman (BA/News and Documentary ’14) beat me to the punch in her recent article for The Panther. Altman writes:
The network, which includes multi-camera coverage, replay systems and play-by-play announcing, provides live television coverage of Chapman events, according to David Goedhart, the engineering operations manager of the Public Education and Government (PEG) channel.
The Chapman Broadcast Network not only streams its broadcasts to Chapman University, but also to the local broadcasting networks as well:
Viewers can watch the live streams of the football games on Channel 6 on Time Warner, Channel 99 on U-verse, on the Chapman athletics website and in the Student Union, said Pete Weitzner, head of the broadcast department and general manager of Channel 6.
Altman also got a chance to speak to some of the students involved:
Alec Bochner, a senior television and broadcast journalism major, is one of the executive producers for the network, which consists of about 100 students. He said that it was difficult to get the program going, but said it’s now at a professional caliber.
“It was a lot of trial and error,” Bochner said. “When you build a whole network from scratch it’s very difficult, but people have really stepped up. Anyone who’s there wants to be there. I’ve had internships and jobs, but this is the best thing I’ve done over the last four years.”
To read Altman’s entire article, be sure to head over to The Panther’s website. It’s a fantastic look into the fast paced and frantic broadcasting world, and how the students find themselves in scenarios they are very likely to find themselves in after they graduate.
Header photo courtesy of Alec Bochner.