Radio & Television Class Creates Show for Cable Access

Student Brian Hagen and Sun Prairie Media Center staff member Rachel Packard operate the volume and views from the control room.

Students in the Music Business for Radio and Television class utilized the skills they learned in the classroom to give back in a meaningful way.  They coordinated “An Aqua-Coustic Evening,” a fundraiser for Clean Wisconsin, a nonprofit which protects Wisconsin’s clean water and air and advocates for clean energy. 

An Aqua-Coustic Evening was held on Friday, September 9th at Bourbon

Street Grille in Monona, WI.  The event featured raffle prizes, a silent auction, and live entertainment including Madison musicians Andy Nelson, Jason Dirkes, and Beth Killes.  The event raised both awareness and funds totaling $554 for Clean Wisconsin. 

Student Stephanie Irvine works the camera during the filming of WIIFM.

The students then took their project to the next level by creating the television news show, What’s In It For Me (WIIFM), highlighting Clean Wisconsin, the event, and the importance of keeping our air and water clean.  “Thanks to the students at Globe University, Clean Wisconsin gained valuable funds that we can use to educate polluters around the state on ways to keep our waters clean and share the stories of those living in impaired watersheds to inspire us to take action,” said Jenny Lynes Membership Assistant at Clean Wisconsin. 

Staff at the Sun Prairie Media Center trained the students on studio lighting, microphones, and camera shots and angles.  Each student had time both in front of the camera as well as behind it, taking turns directing and taking directions. 

Globe University plans to continue the WIIFM program series working with other classes and programs.  “The Sun Prairie Media Center is very excited to partner with Globe University to continue our mission of media literacy through a hands-on approach,” said Sun Prairie Media Center Executive Director Cameron Thompson.