Brand’s brand-new broadcasting room: Broadcasting room switches locations, gains new technology, live show capability

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Molly Johnson

Junior Sam Jacobson learns how to use the new camera properly in the broadcasting room. The broadcasting class recently was transferred to a different classroom. With the transfer, they received new equipment which they will be using to produce Tiger TV this coming year. “We used to be in a fairly small room,” Jacobson said. “It was so cramped, everyone was tight and together, and now we have two rooms together and it’s huge now.” Photo by Molly Johnson.

Tori Pippins, Staff Writer

Over the summer, Blue Valley made some changes to the broadcasting room. The old room that some of us know and love has moved.
Last year, the broadcasting room where Tiger TV is produced and recorded was located in room 350, at the corner where the main hall crosses the 300 hall.
Teaching in room 350 since 2001, Broadcasting teacher Denny Brand said he has been asking for a new studio for 13 years.
The new room is located in rooms 402 and 501. Last year, it was a computer lab and a social studies classroom. Over the summer, a construction team added a door between the rooms, and now they house the broadcasting computers in 402 and the brand new studio in 501 with a separate control room. With the control room, the Tiger TV crew will be able to do some things they couldn’t before.
“The anchor desk is in front of the green screen, so we can be much more creative with our backgrounds,” Tiger TV anchor senior Natalie Pace said. “Live shows will be produced later in the semester, which leaves much less room for error on the anchor’s part. The live shows are going to be an amazing, new experience.”
These changes are going to put a little more tension on the shoulders of the staff.
“[The new room] will affect [Tiger TV] quite a bit,” Brand said. “We can show [students] how the green screen operates, and they’ll know what it’s like to do a live show. The adrenaline’s going to rush a little bit.”
Brand isn’t the only one who’s excited.
“It’s pretty cluttered right now, but I think after we get it set up it will be awesome,” Tiger TV reporter junior Sam Jacobson said.
With the room came brand new equipment — new Macintosh computers, cameras as well as control room equipment.
“[The new room is] intimidating,” Broadcasting I student sophomore Marie Hornung said. “I feel like if I breathe too hard, I might break something, but you get used to it.”
Although they are a little behind schedule, Brand said he is satisfied with the new room.
“I’m happy with my new digs,” Brand said.