Broadcasting Students Work on Nationally Televised Games

Three West Liberty University communications students were praised for their knowledge and professionalism when they recently worked on the national broadcast of a high school basketball tournament in Wheeling. Samantha Gretchen, Britni Lindgren and Todd Ullom, led by WLU instructor and WLSN producer Chuck Scatterday, worked alongside ESPN professionals on the sports network’s broadcast of Cancer Research Classic games. Dave Andrews, ESPN camera operator, said, “The girls were great as utes (utility workers). They knew what they were doing all night and had my back. It’s a great feeling to have when you’re busy staring down a viewfinder for three hours.” The students’ enthusiasm impressed Dadja Roerig, a video operator. “They were quick to help and pitched in early and often,” she said. Mike Krivens, operations producer, echoed that sentiment. “Todd was spot on both days. He had a good attitude and was fast to help when directed. He had no complaints and did the job, and they knew how to over/under cables. That’s ‘TV101’ and they had it covered.  Good job!” “Over/under” refers to a method of preparing television cables for storage. It is considered by the television industry the only proper way to coil cables, as it protects them and ensures that they will lay flat for their next use. Jeff Habak, a freelance camera operator who photographed the basketball games for ESPN, told Scatterday, “Your students understood what it took to get the job done.” Scatterday, who worked at ESPN for many years before joining WLU and its television operations, said he was pleased with the trio’s work. Working with the ESPN crew was an invaluable...

WLU Students Contribute to Weather Channel Documentary

Applying knowledge gained through their West Liberty University communications courses and acquiring valuable real-world experience in the process, Sam Miller and Seth Starkey recently returned to the West Liberty University campus after working on a Weather Channel documentary. WLU professor Christian D’Andrea, who heads the university’s documentary filmmaking program, is the executive producer, creator and director of “Hurricane Hunters,” a new documentary series debuting on the Weather Channel in 2012. The Hurricane Hunters are an Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Miss., which flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them. The team obtains key pieces of meteorological data that can be gathered only by flying into the eye of a hurricane. The television series tracks their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season. He selected Miller and Starkey to work on the production in September. “We had what I would characterize as a very successful internship. It actually went beyond internship.  I integrated Sam and Seth into the crew,” D’Andrea explained. He added that the film crew and Air Force personnel “began to look to Sam and Seth for insight into shots, help wrangling equipment, help managing characters and complex scene set-ups, and even executing shots and capturing critical moments.” He noted, “The students were second unit directors on a number of scenes, empowered to make the call on key storylines, run interviews and stage shots.” D’Andrea praised the students for their professionalism and job performance. “They were trusted by all of us.  We trusted them to go off and get shots and pickups we needed.  We trusted them with our expensive equipment, including...

WLU Broadcasting Students Visit Sunday Night Football on NBC

Steelers-Ravens: The most heated rivalry in the NFL during the last decade. On any given Sunday, the traditional storylines already exist between these two NFL franchises. However, on the first Sunday in November, it was nothing but traditional as a select group of West Liberty University students participated in an all-access tour of NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. West Liberty University sports producer and adjunct professor, Chuck Scatterday, took the WLU students inside the inner production areas of the NBC compound.  Scatterday, a former co-worker and longtime friend of NBC game producer, Fred Gaudelli, worked on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football and collaborated on other projects for ABC Sports. Part of the all-access tour with Gaudelli was peering behind the doors of the five, 53-foot, expandable, state-of-the-art NBC mobile remote production units parked at Heinz Field. Todd Ullom, WLU broadcasting student said, “Seeing up close, how large the NBC production trucks were compared to WLU’s truck was impressive.” A team of 85-production members comprises the NBC crew that travels from city to city to cover Sunday Night Football. The WLU students watched all of rehearsal, which included reviewing show production elements and sales components. WLU student, Josh Benyo was “impressed with how much coordination goes into the event and how humble Mr. Gaudelli was with us.” Gaudelli told the students, “You don’t just start at the top; you have to work your way up and what your doing now at the WLU is a great place to start.” The biggest change in sports television in the last 10 years, according to Gaudelli has been the advancement and implementation of...

New Website and Programming for WGLZ Radio

91.5 WGLZ Radio has a new website and new programing. The website features updated staff biographies, chatroll, sports schedule and live streaming on the internet. The new programming starts with a top 40 song format, dubstep night, and the philosophical talkshow the “Idea” hosted by Tyler Rodgers. The Halloween 2011 Dubstep will happen live at Liberty Tavern with station DJ’s B.A. and Sikcryptic. More information about WGLZ can be found at WGLZradio.com, @915wglz on Twitter or  on...

New Communications Honors Society

The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies is proud to announce the formation of a new honors program for Communications students. The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies is starting a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Lambda Pi Eta is the official honorary society of the National Communication Association, and it is also a member of the Association of College Honors Society. Click here for more information about Lambda Pi Eta and its mission. Eligibility is open to all students with at least 12 hours of COM designated courses. Interested students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of 3.25 in COM designated courses. Benefits of joining include: -Looks great on a resume -Lambda Pi Eta will promote communications activities on campus -Will have seminars to prepare you for your career field and/or graduate school -Recognition from the department for academic achievement -Recognition during graduation -Scholarship, Award, and Research opportunities through Lambda Pi Eta   The first meeting will be held on October 4, at 2pm in Fine Arts 210. If you are unsure of your eligibility for the society, you should still come to the meeting. The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies can help you to determine your eligibility. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact: Ryan McCullough [email protected] 304-336-8532...

Communication Department Annouces New Concentration

The College of Arts and Communication is pleased to announce that they have added Communication Studies as a new degree concentration. Communication Studies is being added in addition to the department’s current concentrations of Broadcast and Journalism. The Non-Comprehensive degree concentration will no longer be offered, although the students currently enrolled in this program may choose to graduate within this concentration or transfer into the Communication Studies program. Communication Studies is the perfect concentration for students with multiple interests and diverse talents because the discipline provides theory, tools, and techniques for analyzing, managing and improving communication in every arena of professional and personal interaction. All students seeking a degree in Communication will, at the end of their course of studies, earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in (either) Broadcast, Journalism, or Communication Studies. For more information, please click on “Programs” and from the drop-down menu, click on “Communication Studies”. Click here to be taken directly to the Communication Studies page! You can also email us for more information: William Baronak, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication [email protected] Brian Fencl, Department Chair [email protected] Brianne Bayer Mitchell, Communication Faculty [email protected] Ryan McCullough, Communication Faculty [email protected] All departmental contact information is listed under the “Contact”...