Have you ever dreamed of being on TV? Do you see yourself sitting behind the news desk? Standing in front of the greenscreen? Or maybe you dreamed of working in a control room, making sure everything on-screen goes exactly as planned. For Trinity students like junior Joseph Khalaf ‘18, Tiger TV has made this dream a reality.
|Khalaf '18 is an on-screen talent for Trinity's Tiger TV.|
Tiger TV’s live-to-feed programs may appear straightforward. However, Khalaf explained the great amount of energy committed to each week’s show.
Studio 21 airs on Tuesday at 5 p.m. but preparation for the week’s show starts days in advance. 24 hours before the show airs, the students must turn in all scripts, graphics, and video so the show’s producers have time to review the material. At 4:30 p.m. the next day, the students arrive at the studio located in Trinity’s Richardson Communications Center for the final preparations before the show goes live: the set gets finalized, the live band is welcomed to Studio B, the teleprompter is set up by the control room, and the cameras are placed. Just 30 minutes later, the cameras begin rolling.
|Khalaf and Randi Reinhardt '17 co-host the highlight reel on Endzone.|
The seamless production of Tiger TV’s shows, like Studio 21, is due in large part to the communication department’s model of experiential learning.
“The training is brief but hands on,” Khalaf explained, “I could have listened to lengthy instructions on how to use the equipment and not retained any of it but actually using the equipment made it easier to learn how everything works.”
Aside from being a great chance to try something new and creative, Khalaf was excited about the unique opportunities offered by Tiger TV that aren’t available at larger institutions. “At a bigger school, only communication majors interested in broadcast journalism would have the chance to participate in this and if you wanted to be on camera you’d have to be a senior,” Khalaf said, “At Trinity, you can join as a first year and have a talent position or a spot in the control room and you don’t have to be a communication major.” This is especially exciting considering Tiger TV’s state-of-the-art studio is just like what you’d experience at a television network, due to a generous donation by AT&T.
|Tune in on Tiger Network for access to Tiger TV's shows.|
During his final three semesters at Trinity, Khalaf looks forward to continuing to prepare and deliver his segments. This April, he will be attending Maverick Music Festival with press passes from Tiger TV. Tune in to get exclusive access to the bands that will be featured on Khalaf’s segment.
For more information on Tiger TV and how to get involved, visit Trinity’s communication page or contact the department chair, professor Jennifer Henderson. Visit Tiger Network for access to Tiger TV’s shows and live streaming of other Trinity athletics and events.