Central Michigan University broadcasting students will call plays and conduct postgame interviews using upgraded equipment thanks to a grant from their professional peers in the Motor City.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association recently awarded CMU a $2,894.90 grant for the purchase of a camera control unit and accompanying cable for Moore Hall Television's sports unit, freeing up MHTV funds for the purchase of a new video camera.
"The addition of this new camera system will give the sports unit two such systems as part of its portable studio, thus greatly increasing the overall quality of MHTV's sports programming while also more closely simulating a professional sports television production environment," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts associate professor Kevin Corbett, who advises MHTV's sports and entertainment programming.
According to DSBA Executive Director George Eichorn, the association's grants are intended to provide students with equipment and opportunities that prepare them for the profession.
"Students who are serious about broadcasting careers need to be educated and trained with the latest technology," he said. "The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association offers high school and collegiate broadcast programs financial grant opportunities so their students can be prepared for the many different ways in which sports programming is and will be communicated to their vast audiences."
Eichorn and DSBA President Jim Stark presented a ceremonial check to CMU development officer Richard Juday on Dec. 26 at Detroit's Ford Field prior to the Motor City Bowl showdown between CMU and Middle Tennessee State University.
On the air since 1972, MHTV is a student-run, cocurricular television station that can be viewed on Charter Communications channel 23 in Mount Pleasant and on channel 34 of CMU's on-campus cable system. Stations in Clare and Gratiot counties also air selected MHTV programming via the Mid-Michigan Area Cable Consortium.
The station has been named College Station of the Year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for five consecutive years. For more information about the station or to view the MHTV programming schedule, visit www.bca.cmich.edu/MHTV.
The DSBA, now in its 59th year, maintains a charity fund that "annually awards grants to deserving college and high school broadcast programs as part of its community outreach." For more information about the organization, visit its Web site at www.detroitsportsbroadcasters.org.