New Television Studio Dedicated

Friday, October 25, 2013

Culver-Stockton students now have the opportunity to be part of an active television station. Thanks to generous donations from Mike Wall ’82 and WGEM-TV, the College installed a television studio in bottom floor of the Gladys Crown Center. The formal dedication of the Michael S. Wall Television Studio was Friday, Oct. 11 during Homecoming.

The television studio provides Culver-Stockton students with many opportunities, including the abilities to host newscasts, produce television programming and develop proper technical skills. The studio is equipped with professional-grade cameras and sound equipment. It also has the capabilities to allow users to switch to multiple camera sources in the same broadcast, as well as push a broadcast out to local cable channels or a live Internet stream. New courses utilizing theses capabilities will be offered as soon as the spring semester.

“Our objective for the television studio is to give students real life, hands-on experience in the field of television journalism. Students will learn to the values of television operation, production, reporting and anchoring,” said Tyler Tomlinson, chair of C-SC’s communication department. “We plan to work the studio into the curriculum of the communication major. We are very grateful for the donation and support we have received in making this studio a reality.”

The television studio was made possible by two key donors. Mike Wall graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1982. While at Culver-Stockton, he worked on the college newspaper staff. Currently, he is a regional vice president for Comcast Spotlight, a subsidiary of Comcast/NBC Universal. He was inspired to donate to this project to support journalism and communication students at Culver-Stockton.

“There is an increasing need for college graduates to have a wide range of experiences within the media and communications industries,” said Wall. “I wanted to give back to my alma mater by providing C-SC students the opportunity to be more marketable.”

WGEM-TV donated an anchor desk, as well as camera equipment. “We are honored to have such a strong partnership with Culver-Stockton–including our recently installed weather camera, as well as assisting with this studio,” said Carlos Fernandez, general manager of WGEM.

The construction on the studio was done by Culver-Stockton employees over the past few months.