West Liberty University Television http://westliberty.edu/wltv WLUTV-14 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:55:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Student Spotlight – Corey Knollinger http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/11/16/student-spotlight-corey-knollinger/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:46:51 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3169 Get to know Junior Broadcasting and Digital Media Design major, Corey Knollinger: Tell a little bit about your background (Where you grew up, high school, etc). I was born in Wheeling to the wonderful Patty Knollinger along with my twin sister Catey.  I’ve also lived in Centerville, Ohio, and Hilliard, Ohio, but have been in […]

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Get to know Junior Broadcasting and Digital Media Design major, Corey Knollinger:

Knollinger at a Chance the Rapper concert

Tell a little bit about your background (Where you grew up, high school, etc).

I was born in Wheeling to the wonderful Patty Knollinger along with my twin sister Catey.  I’ve also lived in Centerville, Ohio, and Hilliard, Ohio, but have been in the Wheeling area for about ten years.  I went to John Marshall High School, graduated in 2015, and in the same year moved to Bridgeport, Ohio.  I’ve been at West Liberty for three years, and its going well.  Oh, I should also mention my older sister Jessica, she exists, and is also cool.
So you were part of WJMH Media. How did that influence where you are now?
WJMH was a huge influence on me.  The main reason I’m at West Liberty is WJMH Media.  I had no idea what I wanted to do until I started taking broadcasting classes, so it was extremely important to who I am and where I am.  I still use things that Tony Wood (former John Marshall Broadcasting teacher) taught me.  The influence of those classes is far reaching even three years later.
You’ve been a part of the WLU 48 Hour Film Fest for the past few years. What’s that been like?
That has also been a very fun experience since coming to West Liberty.  It really tests my creativity, and is an incredibly fun experience to be a part of.  I’ve went through it all three years I’ve been here as well, and it’s so cool to see my progression as a filmmaker, and as a writer.  I really like the experience, and thank Jared Thompson so much for bringing it to the hilltop.

Knollinger shooting a music video for Chris Kuskey

You also make a lot of short films and music videos on your own?
I do.  Check out everything on my really close friend, and incredibly talented musician Chris Kuskey’s YouTube channel because that is literally almost all my video.  I love working with Chris because we are very similar people in general, so we mesh really well creatively.  I also love his stuff, so it helps.  I also do a few things with YSS, specifically their Good Samaritan Dinner video, and their Sleepout video.  I’ve done a lot of other stuff in the past ranging from football reels to workout videos to live music videos.   If I’m asked to video it, there’s a very good chance I will.
What’s been your favorite film that you’ve made?

A Premiere screenshot from Knollinger’s project, “Next”

Next! was a really cool experience as it was an idea I had for about two years, and I finally got to see that idea come to fruition.  We shot it for two days up at West Liberty over the summer, and I spent about three months editing it, and my friend Chris Kuskey edited the sound, which was an equally rough process.  I’m entirely way too proud of what I did, and if you want to see it, come up to Marquee Cinemas to watch it on November 30th at 6 P.M. along with offerings from Undependent Media, and Straight to Hell Productions (or Don Mew if you cannot say Hell).  I’m glad I threw shameless self promotion in here.

And you work with the Wheeling Nailers?
Yes, I technical direct the games for the video board, and help with a lot of other pre-produced content along with their Video Production Specialist Kirk Kelleher.  I have fun with what I do there, and get to put my live production skills to the test every game.  So if you ever see a problem on the board, you know who to judge.
When you aren’t working on the crew, where could we find you? What do you enjoy doing for fun?
If I’m not working crew, Nailers, Kroger, or a freelance gig then I’m probably asleep.  Though when I do get days off, I like to hang out with my mom, or my friends, or my dogs. Or you can also catch me at your local wing night, as I’m an avid fan of cheap wings. I also like to listen to albums, as I am an avid music nerd and record collector, and I like to watch a lot of movies.
Even though we wish you could stay at West Liberty forever, you’ll have to graduate. What do you want to do after graduation? What would be your dream job?

Corey Knollinger at the 2017 Wheeling Sleepout

I have to graduate? That’s news to me.  I want to either work for a radio station or a record label doing promotional content for musicians.  Think NPR Music’s “Front Row” or “Tiny Desk Concerts”.  I just really like music and really like making videos, so that makes it easy.
Photos provided by Corey Knollinger.

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HealthyU to Debut on WLUTV http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/10/18/healthyu-debut-wlutv/ Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:35:14 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3156 A new show is coming to WLUTV 14! HealthyU will debut this week on Comcast Channel 14 in the Ohio Valley and online at wltvonline.com. The show focuses on healthy living practices. Kathi Leonard Salatino, a Nutrition Counselor and Transformation Coach at the Ryan Ferns Healthplex in Benwood, WV, hosts the program, which is currently […]

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A new show is coming to WLUTV 14! HealthyU will debut this week on Comcast Channel 14 in the Ohio Valley and online at wltvonline.com. The show focuses on healthy living practices.

Kathi Leonard Salatino, a Nutrition Counselor and Transformation Coach at the Ryan Ferns Healthplex in Benwood, WV, hosts the program, which is currently on a monthly production schedule. “My hope and intention for this show is to offer simple strategies, habits, and tools that can help people start on their journey to feel more healthy, vibrant and alive and to create an awareness that if you don’t feel your best, the solutions might not be as difficult or overwhelming as one may think and opportunities are always available when we are ready to seek them.  Change can be created at any age; it’s never too early, or too late to start!” says Salatino.

Kathi Leonard Salatino on set for HealthyU in the WLUTV studios.

Salatino has been with the Healthplex for four years and works with both private clients and corporate wellness groups. After working to lose over 100 pounds and working in the field of nutrition for over 15 years, she is taking her passion to a new level with this show. “As I discovered through my own journey of losing weight and making choices to always feel healthy, vibrant and alive, I decided I wanted to help as many people as I could feel the same.  We often get so conditioned to a way of life that leaves us feeling stressed, run-down, uncomfortable in our own skin and wanting to feel better but unsure how.  It is my passion to help people understand that through some simple strategies, they could feel so much better and enjoy a healthy, energized and more delicious life!” she added.

The first episode was recorded at WLUTV on October 13th. Theresa Gretchen, Executive Director of WLUTV, believes that this show will serve not only the campus but the community as well. “This is another opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience in production and to produce quality programming, but it also provides a valuable message to the community.”

The first episode of HealthyU focuses on the principals for a healthier lifestyle

The primary goal of the show is to focus on all aspects of healthy living habits, including nutrition, exercise, and a healthy mindset.  Salatino says that the first episode will feature some tips to help viewers navigate the challenges of the Holiday Season, “This will include how to minimize the stereotypical holiday weight gain pitfalls, as well as deal with the challenges of dysfunctional family get-togethers! “

With the first show in the can, plans are underway for the next episode which will likely be recorded in November. Salatino offers some insight to what future episodes might

Executive Director Theresa Gretchen and student Chad Richards prepare for the recording of the first episode of HealthyU

offer.  “In future episodes I look forward to sharing simple, delicious (and healthy) recipes, tips and tools for making small changes and how they will benefit our viewers to feel and look better, plus interviews with experts in the areas of health, fitness and personal development to create a template for being a “Healthy U”!

The show will debut at 8 PM on October 18th and will air on Thursday, October 19th and Friday October 20th at 11:30 am and 9pm. Check out the WLUTV Online Schedule for more airtimes. The episode may also be viewed on demand on Vimeo.

WLUTV is an educational access station reaching over 100,000 households on Comcast Cable channel 14 in the Ohio Valley and online at wltvonline.com. Students from the College of Arts and Communication are active in the television and recording studios of WLUTV-14 throughout the year, developing and producing more than 8 television shows weekly,

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Student Spotlight – Kyle Patrick http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/10/09/student-spotlight-kyle-patrick/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:44:50 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3147 Get to know junior broadcast major, Kyle Patrick. Tell a little bit about your background. I grew up in McMechen, West Virginia and attended John Marshall High School where I got my first taste of the broadcasting world with WJMH Media. So you were part of WJMH Media. How did that influence where you are now? WJMH […]

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Get to know junior broadcast major, Kyle Patrick.

Todd Ullom and color analyst Kyle Patrick after the 2017 season opener at West Family Stadium

Tell a little bit about your background.

I grew up in McMechen, West Virginia and attended John Marshall High School where I got my first taste of the broadcasting world with WJMH Media.
So you were part of WJMH Media. How did that influence where you are now?
WJMH Media is the reason I’m here right now studying broadcasting at West Liberty, it really opened up my eyes to what I really want to do with my life, definitely one of the greatest experiences of my life.
Why did you decide on coming to West Liberty?
I decided to come to West Lib because of the family atmosphere you get, we truly are just one big family up here and I love it.
This year you are serving as color commentator for football. What advice would you give a prospective talent for sports broadcasting?
To a kid who is trying to get into sports broadcasting I would tell them to go after it. Find your sport or sports that you love the most and just go for it, practice every chance you get and never pass up on any opportunities to let your voice be heard. Your opinion matters so don’t be afraid to speak your mind when on the air.
What’s this show, Jock Talk all about and how are you involved? 
Jock Talk is a sports show that airs on channel 14, this year I’m hosting the show with analyst Cody Shook by my side. Freshman and sophomore year I produced the show and was an analyst, but this year we have two great producers in Chad Richards and Marty Engle that come up with amazing content. We also have a permanent director this year in Corey Knollinger who does an amazing job. I’m really proud of the show this year and of everyone who makes it happen, we have a lot of fun.

Kyle and Todd Ullom calling the game from the booth at the UVA Wise game.

You also broadcast for Kiss FM game of the week. How did you get that gig?
Yeah so how I got the job for high school football games on 95.7 was from a Jock Talk connection. Corey Klug graduated the year before me and he was the producer and host of Jock Talk and really showed me the ropes, but he needed a partner on air and gave me a call and it was a no brainer to accept.
And you work with the Wheeling Nailers?
I started working with the Nailers in high school as a camera operator for their video board and it just kind of stuck. They keep asking me to come back every year so I guess they like me down there which is a good thing. Hockey is my favorite sport and I grew up watching the Nailers so it’s really cool to have this experience working for them.
And wait… You’re also an ambassador for West Liberty? Tell us about that. 
This year is my first as a student ambassador here at West Liberty, and basically what I do is give tours to students who are interested in coming here. I decided to apply for this position because I really do love West Liberty and want to show people who come and visit how great it is up here.
When you aren’t working on the crew, where could we find you? What do you enjoy doing for fun?
When I’m not working you can find me hanging out with friends and most of the time watching sports, especially if the Penguins are on.
Even though we wish you could stay at West Liberty forever, you’ll have to graduate. What do you want to do after graduation? What would be your dream job?
Well when I graduate my dream job would be have to be an NHL play-by- play announcer, I love hockey and wouldn’t it be awesome waking up everyday and doing something you love to do?

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Student Spotlight – Chad Richards http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/10/02/student-spotlight-chad-richards/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:52:03 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3138 Tell us a little about yourself.     Well I was born in Titusville, Florida which is a small town right on the coast of Central Florida, just across the way from where NASA launched the Space Shuttles. To make a long story short, we ended up in my dad’s hometown of Parkersburg, WV where […]

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Junior broadcasting student Chad Richards

Tell us a little about yourself.

    Well I was born in Titusville, Florida which is a small town right on the coast of Central Florida, just across the way from where NASA launched the Space Shuttles. To make a long story short, we ended up in my dad’s hometown of Parkersburg, WV where I went to Parkersburg High School. In my junior and senior years, I was in the county’s Broadcasting Program where I did many things, including working on our news program, editing concerts, and calling high school sports.
How did you hear about WLU’s program. Why did you decide to come here?
     I originally wanted to go to Marshall, but my high school Broadcasting teacher suggested I would like the program better at West Liberty, which I hadn’t heard of at the time. I got a tour and saw the facilities and was definitely interested. I learned more about the program through a few more visits and really liked all the hands-on experience, which I wouldn’t have at Marshall. Plus it was significantly cheaper, and not as large as Marshall, which worked out well for me.
You are involved in almost everything the crew does. What is your favorite duty on the crew?

     It’s not really a specific duty, but I always really like doing the football and basketball games. I like working live events because of the spontaneity of it all; you can never expect what’s going to happen (especially when you put a horse on live TV). They’re also fun because I get to sit in a truck with a great group of people for a few hours, make live television for the valley and have a great time doing it.

Chad Richards directs during the 2017 UVA Wise Football Game

Word has it you are a master of the 3 Play instant replay machine. What’s that like?
      Instant replay was one of the very first things I did on crew for the football games, and I wanted to make sure I did it right. So I worked on it most of that season and studied how to use it, and now I can crank out replays at incredible speed. It’s definitely an important job, because it gives the people watching the game a second chance to see something that happened that they might not have seen live, and in slow motion too. It’s really important during the postseason, and I got my first taste of doing replay review for the officials at the most recent Atlantic Regional Basketball tournament, where I got to see firsthand the importance of using replay to get the call right.
You used to want to be a meteorologist, right? I hear you write great weather packages for the news.

 

      I always said that if I had stayed in Florida, I would’ve gone to college for either aeronautics (planes) or meteorology. I think my appreciation for weather comes from my being raised in Florida, where the weather was especially important not just because of the hurricanes, but because storms tended to move in quickly. You could walk in the store on a sunny day, come out 5 minutes later and there’s thunder and lightning and heavy rain. I would often watch the local newscasts for the weather people because I liked the weather that much.
You’re also a producer for Jock Talk. What’s that like?

Chad running camera for a WLU Toppers Baseball broadcast

We’ve switched it up to having a group of people working to produce the show together rather than just one, and it’s worked out great so far. I offered to step onto the production team because of my knowledge of sports (college sports especially) and it’s great to put all that knowledge to use to help produce a great show. I was on a sports radio show on WGLZ last semester, and I think that really helped me to refine my knowledge and be able to write out good notes and pick out which games are good and which are not.

You’ve worked with Metro News on several occasions, including most recently in the football game of the week. What is that experience like for you in comparison to working on WLUTV?
     It’s definitely a different environment and different production. It’s more of a higher-end production, because they need to reach a larger audience. At the same time, they still do a lot of things the same. Its a great experience being able to work alongside people who have been doing this much longer than I have and help make a good show.
You also have served with WTOV 9. What did you do with them?
     Right now I’m in my second year of working with them, so my job hasn’t really changed, but I have gotten better at it. I usually travel with them on Fridays to help them produce their High School Football Game of the Week. I help set up the cameras and run cable, and during the game I go down to the field to grip and help out the handheld camera operator. It’s a different kind of show, and it’s a great experience that I’m not able to get just at West Liberty alone.
How hard is it being a minion for Theresa? 
     I wouldn’t say I’m a minion for her, I’m usually the closest one to the Media Arts Building when something needs fixed with the TV station or when something needs to be done quickly. As far as working for her on road trips, I suppose that’s what comes with sitting in the front seat of the van all the time.
Finally, you are well into your junior year of college. We’re trying to pay off your professors to fail you so you can stay around longer, but if we can’t come up with the money for that, what are your plans after college? What would be your dream job?
     I still like working the games and producing the live shows, and I hope to make a career out of it. I hope to be working for a sports production company, but the dream is to be doing sports for CBS or NBC doing college sports and NHL (Go Pens). I definitely would stay longer if I could, and if the school wants me to come back some time in the future, I’d be happy to do it.

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Student Spotlight – Lauryn Fridley http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/09/18/student-spotlight-lauryn-fridley/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:11:57 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3132 Get to know freshman crew member, Lauryn Fridley. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I grew up in Jefferson County, WV. I pretty much lived in every major town in the county, but I lived there all of my life. I went to Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, WV. It had a very […]

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Get to know freshman crew member, Lauryn Fridley.

Lauryn running camera for a Hilltopper football game

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Jefferson County, WV. I pretty much lived in every major town in the county, but I lived there all of my life. I went to Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, WV. It had a very large population of students when I went there and it still does. It always seems like the freshmen class gets larger and larger. When I was in high school, I was on the volleyball team my freshmen year (yes Jared, volleyball is a real sport), and I was in Key Club my senior year. I pretty much stayed quiet in high school because I was really shy, but the more I look at it, the more I regret not trying new things when I had the opportunity. That’s why I am really trying my best to get more involved here at West Liberty. Before I came to West Liberty, I was an assistant coach for a little league volleyball team over the summer and I still plan on doing that next year.

So you’re from the eastern panhandle. What’s your favorite thing about living there?

Living in the eastern panhandle was always fun growing up. We lived so close to Washington D.C. and Baltimore and would always go there when we had the chance. The best thing about living in the eastern panhandle is it’s considered the suburbs of the city. We weren’t considered your typical West Virginia small town; we were more urban than rural in most cases. We had the two rivers that formed into one, and the historical towns of Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown. We also had a wide diversity of people and that is what made the eastern panhandle so great. We’re also considered a part of the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia) so we get all of their local channels and restaurants.

What brings you to West Liberty? How did you find out about us?

I found about West Liberty through an Instagram post of somebody who goes here. I googled the school and found that it was perfect for me. I was originally majoring in Pre-Med because I saw the school had a great physician assistants program, but then I realized the medical field was not for me and I switched my major to broadcasting.

Why did you decide to join the TV crew?

I joined the TV crew because it would be one way of getting involved and meeting new people. I also wanted the hands on experience right away instead of having to wait several years, and I simply just wanted to have fun.

You’ve been on the crew for a couple of weeks and have really been thrown into the fire. What’s it been like?

Lauryn working sideline camera

The crew has simply been amazing and I never regret joining it. I feel so at home when I’m with the crew and I think that is the best part. The best part about living four hours away from home is the I don’t have any priorities so I’m always free to help out with the crew. I like to take every opportunity that I am given and do it to the best of my abilities.

How was your first time running camera for a football game?

I was not expecting to run camera at the football game, but I am glad I did it. It was a great way to get out there and learn the equipment. I actually never thought I would like doing camera but it was so much fun, even if our football team got stomped on.

Your profile on the crew site says you like reading a book under a sunset. What do you read?

I actually do not read books that much, but I am more into sports articles and sports related books. If I were under the sunset I would most likely watch a movie on Netflix or something of that nature.

And you like to correct people when they are wrong?

I do correct people when they are wrong, but only people that I have got to know. I would never tell someone they are wrong if I did not know them.

You said you are majoring in broadcasting. What would be your dream job after you finish your degree here at West Liberty?

My dream job after I finish my degree at West Liberty would be to be an analyst on ESPN or the MLB Network. I love talking about baseball and other popular sports, and it would just be my dream to talk about it for the rest of my life.

 

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Abby Nelson http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/09/14/abby-nelson/ Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:54:47 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3043 Abby Nelson is a transfer broadcasting major with a minor in graphic design. Abby is a graduate of Bridgeport High School. This is her first year on the crew, and she is looking forward to learning all of the positions. Outside of the crew, Abby works with WGLZ and also works three jobs including Old […]

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Abby Nelson is a transfer broadcasting major with a minor in graphic design. Abby is a graduate of Bridgeport High School. This is her first year on the crew, and she is looking forward to learning all of the positions. Outside of the crew, Abby works with WGLZ and also works three jobs including Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, and American Eagle. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, jamming out to her old CD’s, thrift shopping, and spending all of the money she makes at her three jobs.

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New Show to Debut on WLUTV http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/09/12/new-show-debut-wlutv/ Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:18:34 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3039 A new show is in production on WLUTV 14. Beginning this fall, Arts Unlimited will premiere on Comcast Channel 14 and online at wltvonline.com. Jared Thompson, a senior producer at WLUTV describes the show as West Liberty centric. “The concept for the show is to highlight West Liberty faculty, staff, students, and alumni who excel […]

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WLU Professor and local artist Bob Villamagna works in his workshop during the first episode of Arts Unlimited.

A new show is in production on WLUTV 14. Beginning this fall, Arts Unlimited will premiere on Comcast Channel 14 and online at wltvonline.com. Jared Thompson, a senior producer at WLUTV describes the show as West Liberty centric. “The concept for the show is to highlight West Liberty faculty, staff, students, and alumni who excel in the arts and to demonstrate and describe their artistic process.”

Villamagna demonstrates his artistic process in Arts Unlimited

The show concept began with a vision from Dr. Matthew Harder, Dean of the College of Arts and Communication at West Liberty. “I simply want to get the word out about WLU and the Arts Programs we have. Our students, faculty, and staff produce such wonderful work, and I felt like I needed to help spread the word. It’s not just an advertisement though; I want each show to be informative,” Harder commented.

The goal of the show is to be entertaining, but also for the viewers to learn what it really takes to make art. The show will examine the daily lives of artists and the process that goes into developing a piece of art, from studio art to performance art. Harder wants to really focus on the process. “We often only see the final product: a painting, a concert, an article, etc. I want this show to be a view from behind the curtain, so to speak.”

Art is all around us every day, and at West Liberty University, the arts are part of not only the academic curriculum, but extra-curricular activity as well. The arts programs at West Liberty provide culture and create a sense of an inclusive community that helps to provide identity to the artists themselves, as well as the campus.

WLU Faculty member and local artist sits down with the host of Arts Unlimited, Dr. Matthew Harder to talk about his work.

The first episode of the show features Bob Villamagna, an art faculty member at West Liberty University. “Bob paid me a hefty sum to be the first featured guest,” Harder joked. “It was an easy choice and I am so glad he agreed to do it. Bob has been winning awards and receiving accolades at a furious pace recently.” Villamagna will also be retiring at the end of the semester.

The next episode of Arts Unlimited will feature a new faculty member in the College of Arts and Communication, Ryan Keeling. Keeling, the new Director of Choral Activities, is a West Liberty graduate who studied under the great Al de Jaager and has since gone on to earn advanced degrees in choral conducting as well as taking part in several successful ventures in the Pittsburgh area.

The first episode will premiere on Friday,  September 15th at 8 PM and will be available on demand on Vimeo.

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Get to Know Todd Ullom, Play by Play Announcer http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/09/05/get-know-todd-ullom-play-play-announcer/ Tue, 05 Sep 2017 15:18:44 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3010 Tell us a little bit about your background: (Include where you grew up, your high school and college info, sports or extra curricular at both, etc) I was born and raised in the Fulton area of wheeling. Moved to elm grove in junior high. I attended Wheeling Central Catholic where I played football and was […]

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Todd Ullom, Play by Play announcer for WLUTV 14

Tell us a little bit about your background: (Include where you grew up, your high school and college info, sports or extra curricular at both, etc)

I was born and raised in the Fulton area of wheeling. Moved to elm grove in junior high. I attended Wheeling Central Catholic where I played football and was lucky enough to be on some great teams with great teammates and won two state championships.  I also played hockey most of my life and was disappointed I graduated a year before Wheeling Central formed their first hockey team.  I then attended WVU for a period of time. I learned more about life and myself than an actual education while I was there, but I wouldn’t trade those years for anything.  I took some time off of school, moved back to Wheeling, and worked. Then I decided to go back to school and attended WLU. I was a Comm. Major at WVU so I decided to do the same at WLU. At WVU there wasn’t a broadcast side to the Comm. major so WLU Comm. department added a new challenge for me. I was nervous about it at first, but eventually I learned I enjoyed calling games on WGLZ and being an in air talent for Jock Talk on Channel 14. I also joined the club hockey team for a short period of time when I was a student at WLU.

How did your education at WL help prepare you for this position?

WLU broadcast program prepared me for my job as play by play announcer by giving me every opportunity to be on air and work on my craft. I was on Jock Talk as a student and called football and basketball games for WGLZ. Also as a student I was given the opportunity to do color commentary for football games on WLUTV14 with current MEC Commissioner Reid Amos when he was the VOTH.  I worked part time at a local radio station and they knew I called games and was on tv for WLU so they gave me an opportunity to call high school football games on their station. All of those experiences helped me learn how to deal with different personalities on and off the air.

Describe your day when you aren’t on air and the days when you are on air.

Ullom on set with Coach Roger Waialae for Hilltopper Sports Weekly

The days when there aren’t games to call I usually spend making graphics, editing highlights, creating Hilltoppers hotspots, looking up information on opposing teams, and preparing myself and any students that will be on air talent for the upcoming game and/or coach’s show’s. I get a lot of help from Theresa Gretchen, Jared Thompson, Rex Lancaster, Don Clegg, and the coach’s themselves.

On game days it’s very much like a player on game day. You prepared all week, now it’s time to go out, have fun, and put on a great broadcast. It’s easy to feel that way when you trust the crew you work with.

You used to be the sports producer before you became play by play. Did that help influence your style?

Being producer before I went to the booth helped me learn some of the do’s and don’t’s without making the mistake myself on air. It also helped me understand what goes on in the truck during a broadcast and how intense, hectic, and pressure packed a live television broadcast is.

I got a lot of my style from watching games on television when I was young. I’m a big hockey fan and The Penguins have been my favorite since I was 5 years old. I’ve listened to Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange of the Penguins for 27 years and he does a great job of conveying the emotion of the game to the viewers.

What advice would you give someone who wants to become an on air talent?

My advice to a prospective on air talent would be to be yourself. It’s okay to have a similar style but, Don’t try to imitate someone you’ve seen or heard. Also get as much practice as possible on air and know your material. Be prepared.

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working?

I’m still a big sports fan so I’ll watch a lot of professional sports broadcasts.  Especially Pittsburgh professional sports.  My brother is a local musician so I enjoy going to watch him play.  I can strum some chords, but it’s only a hobby. That’s why I call sporting events.  I like country music, but not today’s country. I’m not married and don’t have any children, but I have three nephews and it’s been great watching them grow up.

Todd Ullom and color analyst Kyle Patrick after the 2017 season opener at West Family Stadium

Big picture, what would be your dream job?

My dream job would be calling games for The Steelers or Penguins, but I’d take a job for any team in pro sports.  I’d like to be a team specific announcer because I’d be associated with an organization instead of a major network. To me the team specific announcers can give more emotion than the network announcers

We remember when you and Lynn Ullom were both on air together. What’s the story there? Are you related?

Ahh The Story of House Ullom

I’d never met Lynn before my time at WLU.

Lynn and I have talked about that and both of our families have ties to the Waynesburg, PA area in the past, but beyond that we’re not sure if we’re related. I’ve heard there were several different Ullom families in that area that weren’t related so we may never know.

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Taylor Long http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/09/01/taylor-long/ Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:07:08 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=3000 Taylor Long is a senior broadcasting major from Weirton and a Weir High School graduate. On the crew, Taylor serves as a sideline reporter. Outside of WLUTV, Taylor is a web producer at WTRF 7 in Wheeling where she mainly surfs Facebook and Twitter and shares a lot of memes. Taylor also loves to eat […]

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Taylor Long is a senior broadcasting major from Weirton and a Weir High School graduate. On the crew, Taylor serves as a sideline reporter. Outside of WLUTV, Taylor is a web producer at WTRF 7 in Wheeling where she mainly surfs Facebook and Twitter and shares a lot of memes. Taylor also loves to eat as much ice cream as she can, hang out with Chad, knit, and feed the ducks as Wheeling Park.

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Logan Arneson http://westliberty.edu/wltv/2017/08/31/logan-arneson/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:09:19 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/wltv/?p=2991 Logan Arneson is a freshman journalism and broadcasting major from Urbana Maryland, and a graduate of Urbana High School. On the crew, Logan is most interested in working as a sideline reporter, but also has some mad over-under skills. Outside of the crew, Logan also writes for the campus paper, The Trumpet, is a member […]

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Logan Arneson is a freshman journalism and broadcasting major from Urbana Maryland, and a graduate of Urbana High School. On the crew, Logan is most interested in working as a sideline reporter, but also has some mad over-under skills. Outside of the crew, Logan also writes for the campus paper, The Trumpet, is a member of FCA, and is on the wrestling team. He’s also an avid kite flyer and and loves anything that has to do with turtles.

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