Ram TV gets upgrade

Ram TV receives new equipment to draw in students

By Steven McKeown
On February 8, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Vincent Salazar and Dom Jackson, graduate students, demonstrate a shoot in front of the Ram TV studio green screen.

Ram TV will receive $40,000 worth of new equipment next week.

"We are trying to upgrade our studio as much as possible because it benefits all of our production classes," Don Plachno, interim director of Ram TV and Mass Media and Communication instructor, said.

"Ram TV was outdated when I started at the university," junior communications major and executive producer for Ram TV Brianna Ray said. "Don has really been pushing for newer and better equipment for both the students and Ram TV."

"We’ve never had the opportunity where everything’s working 100 percent at the same time," Plachno said. "I want everything as wireless as possible."

Ram TV’s request for equipment funds was approved in December.

The equipment will include eight wireless headsets, which will allow communication between camera-people, director, floor producer and others.

"Everybody can be communicated to," Plachno said.

The request also included two IFB earpieces, a new teleprompter and video and audio transmission.

"We got a good bang for our dollar," Plachno said.

It has been eight to nine years since Ram TV has had an equipment upgrade.

"To be functional, we don’t need to look nice. We just need equipment that works," Plachno said.

The equipment will also bring in new students into the program Ray said.

The new equipment will attract and spark interest in students, Plachno said.

"You attract millennials with shiny objects; in this case, it’s electronics. The better technology you have, the more [students] respond."

"The equipment will help students learn more advanced techniques that real world broadcasters use," Ray said.

"We are trying to get [our students] into higher level [learning] like creative services, promotion or management," Plachno said. "The goal is to make [Ram TV] 100 percent student operated."

"The one thing that has driven the ability to get this money is the quality Ram TV [has] put out now over the past couple of years," said Russell Howard, communication graduate student and former Ram TV employee. "People see Ram TV is doing something."

75 to 80 percent of the equipment has been revamped, Plachno said.

The Ram TV studio hopes to have a curved green screen, LED lights, a new light board and a new soundboard in the future.

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