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Jackson to add co-host to TV show

By Sydney Sears and Delaney Smith

“How many high schoolers can say they have a show?” said sophomore Kylie Wheeler, who is soon to be a co-host with senior Julie Jackson on her TV show entitled “Everybody Talks.”

Wheeler will start to co-host the show with Jackson starting next semester in January.

“I’m in love with change, especially change that will benefit everyone. The show will be a lot more exciting and a lot more fun when Kylie joins the show crew,” said Jackson.

Jackson said the idea for a co-host came up when she was brainstorming because she felt that there was something missing from the show.

“The idea for a co-host sparked my mind when I was in the shower. I went to Mr. Dench the next day and he thought it was a great idea,” said Jackson.

Radio/TV teacher Tim Dench said that the original idea for the show included a co-host and that will make the show more fun and interesting.

“Different ideas will come along with a new co-host,” said Dench.

Wheeler originally took radio/TV because others had suggested to her that she could be a broadcaster and she ended up loving the class and therefore took the co-hosting opportunity.

“She [Wheeler] is outgoing, loves to talk, and with her pageant history she would fit in,” said Dench.

Also, with Wheeler as an underclassman she will take over the show when Jackson graduates this May.

“She may only be a sophomore, but she knows what she’s doing,” said Jackson.

Wheeler has high hopes for the future of the show

“I hope to just have fun with this opportunity and get to learn a lot more about this field,” said Wheeler.

Jackson concludes her thoughts on Wheeler’s introduction to the show.

“This is more of a friend title than a co-host stamp,” said Jackson.

Students broadcast TV show

By Sydney Sears and Delaney Smith

“Okay, standby Julie five seconds.”

Senior Julie Jackson talk to her viewers during “Everybody Talks.” Photo by Delaney Smith.
“Everybody Talks” is broadcast through the hallway in the Preforming Arts wing. Photo by Delaney Smith.
Sophomore producers Emily and Erin Keenan work behind the scenes in the production room of “Everybody Talks.” Photo by Delaney Smith.

 Senior Julie Jackson’s TV show “Everybody Talks” gets ready to air, the production room is busy with everyone scrambling around, getting the cameras focused, the sound levels right, and the guests set with their microphones.

“There is a ton of technical stuff we have to do before we start the show,” said Radio/TV teacher Tim Dench.

Although Dench helps out, he emphasizes that he is “a strictly behind the scenes overseer” and that sophomore producers Emily and Erin Keenan do a most of the work that helps makes the show a success. Some of the many jobs of the producers are anything from coming up with  titles for Jackson, and the names and titles of their guests, to making sure the sound levels are just right so that you can hear them speak without it being too loud or quiet.

“Their job as director is always to stay one step ahead,” said Dench.

Jackson’s show, which is put on every Tuesday night, is a mirage of interviews, fun facts, community talk, and Jackson’s opinions. The show consists of different segments, like her top ten pet peeves or top ten lies that people tell. A few segments vary from show to show, but others stay consistent throughout the weeks.

“It [Everybody Talks] offers students with special talents or that are involved in upcoming events to get on our TV channel,” said Emily.

During the half hour to hour long show, Jackson interviews someone. The special guests include student actors, singers, race-car drivers, and even a hypnotist.

“It [Everybody Talks] offers students with special talents or that are involved in upcoming events to get on our TV channel,” said Emily.

Mr. Dench and Jackson’s love for radio/TV prompted Jackson to start doing shows. Throughout her experience of putting on “Everyone Talks” she’s been affected in a positive way.

“Doing this show has benefitted me immensely. I used to be super quiet and I used to not like to talk at all. I’ve never really been outgoing and this show has made me outgoing,” said Jackson.

Jackson shares that doing this show has also allowed her to enjoy talking to people more and led to her becoming a big people person.

“It’s made me the person I am today,” said Jackson.

In the future Jackson hopes to have the show develop and include the community more and involve more students within the school.

“I wanna form the show around really good causes that people in our community are involved in,” said Jackson

Emily also has high hopes for the future of ‘Everybody Talks.”

“I hope we can get more students to interview and just keep the show going for a long time. I look forward to the show each week and I just hope to keep getting better at working behind the scenes.” said Emily.

Erin has hopes that the show will grow and become more popular.

“I hope that it [Everybody Talks] grows into something that could be really big. I also hope that we just keep adding on and improving the show like maybe a little 30 second video in the beginning or something. Hopefully we are moving in a good direction,” said Erin.

Everybody Talks is a completely student run operation with very little help from Dench.

“It is unique, in that it is totally student based, it is different. It may not be for everybody but a lot of people seem to like it,” said Dench

“Everybody Talks” is broadcast live every Tuesday night at five o’clock on the school’s television station (cable channel 24, digital channel 8-6).

Radio/TV program provides real-world skills

Helping to put FC on the map, the Radio/TV program inspires students to put forth their best efforts when covering the school’s various athletic and academic activities.

“Participating in the Radio/TV program is a matter of ultimate accountability: bottom line is, if we don’t advertise, we don’t exist,” said WNAS station manager Tim Dench.

Dench, who has been teaching for 38 years, is proud of his students and what they have achieved.

“The students at FC have shown me that when I demand more of them, they respond by becoming more productive,” he said.

Dench attributes the success of the program to his students and their hard work.

“I teach the students the skills they need to operate things, but when it’s show time, it’s all up to them,” he said.

In the 2012 fall semester, the program has broadcast more live concerts and sporting events than at any time in WNAS history.

“My favorite aspect of our program is broadcasting live sporting events, because more people watch them that any other event and a larger number of students are involved,” said Dench.

Senior Lucas Corley, a sports broadcaster for the Radio/TV program since his freshman year, also favors broadcasting sports activities.

“You get to spend a lot of time with other students and athletes doing what we do. I’ve learned a lot of their backstories from it,” said Corley.

Corley had planned on taking engineering courses once coming to high school until something happened that changed his plans.

“Before Radio/TV, I planned on taking an engineering course. Then, my eighth grade class at Holy Family voted me as Most Likely to Become a Sports Announcer, so I figured I’d run with it,” he said.

Along the way, Corley has made connections that he would not have had he chosen another path.

“I’ve had the chance to work with a lot of great broadcasters and have become good friends with them as a result,” he said.

Corley has also gained higher sense of responsibility unique to the position that he holds.

“I’m like the go-to guy when crunch time comes around. It’s good to feel counted on by my peers and Mr. Dench,” he said.

Co-host of the FC TV program the J n’L show, junior Julie Jackson, is an avid fan of the spotlight.

“I love getting in front of the camera and telling people what’s what,” she said.

Besides broadcasting live video announcements every morning for FC, another accomplishment that Jackson is proud of is the lip-sync video she recently helped produce.

“In March, we created a music video that challenged us to our full capacity. We’re extremely proud of it,” said Jackson.

Jackson spends a lot of her time working on projects for the program, including her TV show every Wednesday and whatever other pieces she may be producing or editing at the time.

“Many students think Radio/TV is an easy A, but that’s a huge myth. There’s a lot of work and effort behind receiving one,” she said.

Jackson has a positive view of the program and is glad that Dench is her instructor.

“Mr. Dench is not just a teacher. He is an amazing friend. He will go to extreme heights to try and get students to succeed,” she said.

Corley recommends the course to anyone with an interest in media as a career option.

“If you’re a student with an appreciation for hands-on work and are looking for real world skills in the production field, this class is a serious option for you,” he said.

Dench, whose days begin at 4 a.m. and end at 12 p.m., said others sometimes ask what motivates him.

“People ask why I do it and I tell them it’s fun. It’s a whole new level of teaching.”