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'Wake Up Holyoke' Thursdays at HHS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Lee   

Lights, camera, “Wake Up Holyoke.” Two HHS students, along with others in their TV Productions class, have been sitting down with local people every Thursday morning for the past few months and interviewing them—late-night talk show style.

It may not be Conan or Letterman, but it’s close. There’s a couch, cameras, chairs, coffee mugs and microphones.

HHS senior Preston King and junior Austin Killin have been sitting down with coaches, athletes, choir members and pretty much anyone willing to shoot the breeze.

“Wake Up Holyoke” is produced as part of Cindi Beavers’ TV Productions class. Others in the class help with the audio, video and behind-the-scenes aspects of the program.

Austin Killin and Preston King co-host “Wake Up Holyoke” which
airs every Thursday morning on public television channel 13.

The show usually kicks off with the duo chatting about things going on in school, athletics and anything else they can come up with. They then bring on the guest and begin to grill.

A fun segment of the show they enjoy is dubbed “Random questions from our fourth grade minds.” It entails a series of rapid questions that even a fourth grader could answer.

Pure boredom are the two words used when asked where the idea for the talk show came from. “We said let’s just do something different that nobody has done, so here we are,” Killin said.

Other types of shows have been produced in the class but nothing quite like “Wake Up Holyoke.”

Planning a show takes more time than one would think. King and Killin don’t just show up, plop down on the couch and begin to talk.

Mondays are spent finalizing guests and sketches. Guests are contacted on Tuesday and made aware of their impending roast. Scripts are written on Wednesday and the studio is also prepared.

“It was a little rough in the beginning,” Killin said. The show began to air in November and has progressively gotten better. They have even come up with some fun commercials to show during the breaks.

Finally, Fridays are used to recap the previous day’s show. They see what was done well and what could be improved upon.

The dream is to see the show continue past this school year. With King graduating in the spring, Killin will need to find a replacement to groom. The idea is to find a lowerclassman so there will be experience when Killin graduates the following year.

The co-hosts both said they enjoy producing the show and have given a little bit of thought to pursuing television or media once out of high school.

“Wake Up Holyoke” isn’t all just for fun. Beavers said the students are graded on each episode produced.

The show airs on channel 13 every Thursday at 10:15 a.m. People with questions, advice, information or who would be interested in being a guest may contact King or Killin at 854-2284 ext. 230.