Announcements now televised with CTV Today
BY ALYSSA FISHER
After years of listening to the morning announcements over the intercom, CCHS officially entered the 21st century on Friday, September 3, 2010 as the students watched them on television for the first time.
The TV Production Adviser, Alfredo Pichardo, has taken on the job of creating the morning announcements with his combined second period CTV/TV 2 class. Every day at 10:37, the ten TV- 2 students put a morning show on the air to keep the school informed of upcoming club meetings, new events, sport scores and recaps, and the lunch schedule.
“I’ve been with CTV for six years, but we’ve never had a morning show,” Pichardo said. “We had to get with the times.”
The morning show is a brand new project for CCHS, because prior to the construction of the 3400 building, the classrooms were not wired for a live television show to be streamed. Even now, about four rooms, as well as the main office, are still not able to watch the show due to wiring issues.
Though as of now, the morning show is still too new of a project to be streamed live, that is soon to change. Nearly every day TV 2 receives new video equipment piece by piece.
Currently, the students spend the first part of class gathering information and putting the show together. About 45 minutes before it airs, the announcements are taped featuring two hosts, seniors Rachel Hoyle and Colin Neff.
“We get right to work as soon as the second period bell rings,” Hoyle said. “Once we have all the equipment we are waiting on, it will be filmed a lot quicker and will eventually be live instead of pre-recorded.”
Once the daily routine is mastered, new changes can be made. The most anticipated adjustment will be going live. After that is accomplished, the morning show will able to highlight an Athlete of the Week, entertaining clips, and more. According to Pichardo, everything not featured on the morning announcements will be seen on CTV.
Hoyle is also a part of CTV, the school’s 20-minute weekly television show. In addition to seeing her segments on Fridays, the school will see her and Neff hosting the announcements every morning until next semester, when Pichardo will receive a whole new group of students for TV 2.
“It is so much better that the morning announcements are on TV instead of over the intercom because it draws in the students; they pay more attention to what’s being said,” Hoyle said. “And it’s a lot more entertaining to watch than just listening to a voice.”