By Katie Weitkamp/The Studio editor
Students are learning what it takes to make a talk show firsthand, not just interviewing and commentary, but lighting, camera angles, audio control and all the technical aspects viewers never think about.“Live from Studio B” is a talk show focusing mainly on campus news and events, put into production entirely by a broadcasting and electronic media class (BEM 395). The show is broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday on campus channel 61. Twelve students put together the entire show.
“The students do everything,” said Paul Ramsey, who teaches the class. “They’re in charge of finding the entertainment guests, interview guests and everything else.”
The show’s format is in three different parts. The first is an interview segment where someone on campus comes in to answer questions. Past guests include sports players, administrators and people who organize special events on campus.
Another important portion of the show is the commercials. Each student is in charge of making one commercial, with Eastern ties, which will run once in each broadcast. The commercials are made prior to the show’s original airing and are free.
Also there is an entertainment section in the show, often featuring a local band or musician or one act play.
The final element of the show is a package a student makes about an issue or upcoming event on campus. This part of the show is the only part not broadcast live.
The class has 12 students this semester and will have a 12-episode run. Normally there are between 12 and 16 students in the class, Ramsey said. This is the first time the show will run the entire semester. After the first four weeks, which Ramsey calls a crash course in how to run a studio, the students take what they learn and put it to use the rest of the semester.
Mary Nelson, who already works in a television station, thinks the class is extremely beneficial to those who take it.
“As far as equipment and everything, it’s all up to date. It’s great experience especially for people interested in directing,” she said. “It’s good experience with all the different camera shots.”
One of the most important benefits, Ramsey said, is he can almost guarantee if students do the work for his class they will be able to get an entry level job as soon as they’re out of college.
The only prerequisite for the class is BEM 295, a field production class that uses the same techniques in field reporting.
Since the show is student- run, they are always looking for guests to talk to and entertainment guests. If you are interested in appearing on the show or advertising during the show, contact Paul Ramsey at 622-1669 or Paul.Ramsey@eku.edu.