BROADCASTING STUDENTS from Bradley Central High School recently earned gold medals for their work in the SkillsUSA competition for Tennessee. From left, are Class of 2016 graduates Riley Ashburn, Ben “Zayn” Bunch, Chloe Shroyer and Megan King.
The Audio/Visual Production program at Bradley Central High School recently had a team of senior students place first in the Tennessee SkillsUSA State Conference.
The “Broadcast News Production” competition took place at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center in April.
It was held for teams of four students from schools around the state had each individual team working to create their own 3-minute TV newscasts. They were given more than 20 written news stories that were of regional, state, national and international interest.
The stories contain current news in areas of politics, weather, sports, criminal activity and general interest. The teams of students re-write the topics that they choose to use and complete a document that can be used in a teleprompter when the two news anchors are speaking in front of the cameras. The team’s technical director sits at a video workstation to switch between the studio cameras and speak through a communication headset to the floor director located behind the studio cameras. The news anchors rehearse the diction and rhythm of their spoken delivery as well as watch for cues through a series of hand signals from the floor director to instruct them as to what place they are in the timeline.
This format has been rehearsed by the gold medal winning Bradley Central students daily during the school year as they create a morning news cast for their student body and local community. The students continue to rehearse and provide local news at Bradley as they now prepare to represent the state of Tennessee at the National SkillsUSA Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 20 through 24 this summer.
Ben “Zayn” Bunch and Chloe Shroyer have been working together as news anchors for three years on Bradley’s VOX News and the annual Bradley Film Festival held in November.
Riley Ashburn has been involved in the school news program four years at various positions. He also works as a camera operator for Bradley streaming the school’s athletic events online at http://www.BCHS.tv for the newly formed BEAR Network. Megan Kinghas been the technical director for the schools news program which is streamed daily at 9:30 a.m. online at http://www.VOXNews.net and throughout the school’s closed circuit cable system.
Local TV station WTNB has also picked up the newscast which they broadcast again at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Charter Cable channel 5 and Comcast Cable channel 210. The students are looking for local sponsors to help their financial burden of competing at Nationals. Anyone interested in supporting this news team by making a donation can contact Mr. Gwen Shroyer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 423-933-6255.
The Bradley Central Audio/Visual Production program, also known as “Bradley Broadcasting,” made news earlier in the semester as the ROCKBAND class won a regional contest to perform with Foreigner at the Tivoli Theater in Chattanooga. The Bradley Band known as “Quadrant D” performed a spring concert and is in the final stages of this year’s CD recording. More information can be found online at http://www.BCHS.rocks about Quadrant D and this unique class of musicians and tech students.