By KACEY D. RICHARD
For the past nine years, Tech TV has been supplying
students with dorm room entertainment.
Tech TV is the baby of Sam Speed, director of housing and
creator of what has grown into a full-function television station.
Tech TV started out as a few movies and sports
highlights, and has evolved into an original line-up including Tech’s “CRIBS”
and the personal news, better know as the “P-News.”
Tech TV took the idea for “CRIBS” from MTV’s “CRIBS,” but
instead of featuring celebrities, the show focuses on students. Produced by
Chase Guy, a senior biology major, “CRIBS” gives students a chance to show off
their pimped-out dorm rooms and their stylin’ rides.
“A lot of our ideas come from other shows, we just try to
put a different spin on things,” Guy said. “A few years back we did a spin off
of “Austin City Limits” called “Ruston City Limits” that featured local bands.”
Typically caught with a camera in hand, Kellen McKinnley, sophomore
photography major, heads up “P-News” for Tech TV.
Once a week crew members film students around campus and
try to find out what’s going on behind the scenes with them. It is a chance to
get on TV and let’s face it who doesn’t want to be on the big screen for the
entire campus to see?
It is really amazing the total time and effort the Tech
TV crew puts into production for just one show.
“For one show to be produced it takes about 18-20 hours
total,” Guy said. The first hour and a half is dedicated to shooting the
footage and the rest of the 18 and a half hours are dedicated to editing and
compiling the footage for air time.
For all you hardcore gamers, as in video gamers, Tech TV
has a show for you too. “No Animals Were Harmed,” is a video game review show
featuring commentary from Guy and McKinnley. The boys
give their honest, and sometimes very brutal opinion
about video games.
For those of you out there that want a solid review
before spending your hard earned cash on a game, “No Animals Were Harmed” is
your play station.
This “oddly addicting” station not only brings newly
released movies and TV originals to campus, but they also bring dedication.
Most of the current staff started out on a volunteer
basis and worked their way up the ladder taking production positions.
All Tech TV employees are full-time students at Tech and
still somehow manage to dedicate on average 20 hours of work to producing a
single show for their viewers.
Tech TV is not just about movies, they are also about
“expanding the world of original programming.” If you can’t catch the regular showtimes, Tech TV now offers their full services to you
through podcasts on iTunes.
You can access the iTunes catalog through Tech TV’s
Web site at www.techtv.latech.edu.