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HHS TV production department welcomes new equipment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   

Three news cameras and several other pieces are part of a generous gift welcomed by Holyoke High School’s TV production department.

Colorado Springs’ KKTV 11 has been in the process of moving to a new station and updating to HD and robotic cameras, so they needed to find a new home for some of their equipment.

Christopher Fleming, assistant chief engineer at KKTV, has ties to northeastern Colorado because his wife is from Julesburg. He recently connected with Cindi Beavers, HHS TV production teacher, who told him they could certainly put the equipment to good use at Holyoke High School.

Beavers and her family hauled the large equipment to Holyoke from Colorado Springs Saturday, Jan. 26, with a couple hours of unloading help by TV production students.

Three large cameras, an anchor desk, large sound board, monitors and lights all found a new home at Holyoke High School.

TV production students Kody Timm and Andres Quintana Mendoza get behind the camera, testing out the new equipment in the HHS television studio.  

—Enterprise photo

“The new equipment will give students skills that can be used in real life jobs, starting with problem solving and critical thinking skills to learn how to operate new equipment and then to actually use the equipment in a live broadcast,” said Beavers.

She said the new equipment will mainly be used for use in the school’s television studio until they have synthesized the full use of its mobility. Some of the equipment, like the lights, will also be installed in the HHS auditorium.

Because the new equipment meant a great deal of remodeling, rewiring and resetting of the whole studio, Bob Heldenbrand and Arlan Scholl were there to help set things up.

When everything is up and running, Beavers and the TV production department would like to invite the community to an open house to see the studio, witness what they do behind the scenes and understand what it takes to make a live production happen.

HHS TV production department broadcasts all sporting events, choir/band concerts and Phillips County Arts Council productions on KHHS Channel 13, which is available through the PC Telcom cable line up offered in seven communities.

Scott Osborne works on one of three cameras donated to HHS by KKTV 11 in Colorado Springs. The anchor desk, pictured above in background, as well as a sound board, lights and monitors are all being installed at HHS for the TV production classes.  

—Enterprise photo

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 14, students will use the new equipment to resume airing KHHS News and Wake Up Holyoke at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. every Thursday. Area church services are also broadcast every Wednesday.

Beavers said they are still working out some bugs, but all broadcasts are streamed to the internet on, including away games. They are working to perfect this aspect of their production by learning about WiFi connections.

“It takes a great deal of out-of-school hours to do all the productions,” said Beavers, “and I am lucky to have students that are willing to be there and provide this service for the community.”

The TV production department is grateful for the equipment received from Fleming and KKTV and are very appreciative of any donations—equipment, monetary and services—they receive to help build Holyoke’s local TV channel.

Holyoke Enterprise February 7, 2013