Atlanta, Here We Come!

At West Texas A&M University, we have a chapter of the National Broadcasting Society. This organization encompasses many, if not all, aspects of broadcasting. Through it students are able to produce and create many different types of content, including station imaging, promotions, news and sports packages, studio performances, and sports broadcasts.

All of this is submitted to many competitions, most importantly to NBS’s National Competition. Our university goes up against other universities across the nation, but we don’t let that stand in our way. This year WT has 17 pieces that are finalists in the competition, many of which can be heard on KWTS.

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Robert and David Duenes, hosts of The Handsome Man Morning Show, almost swept the Audio Station Imaging category, and two of their show’s promos are finalists. A KWTS sports package and many One Sessions pieces are finalists, as well. Just follow this link and have a look for yourselves at the great work WT Broadcasting is doing.

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Several NBS members will be traveling to Atlanta, GA in about a week for the National Convention to hopefully bring back all 17 awards and more awards for the chapter itself. We just might have to get a bigger trophy case….

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But the convention is much more than awards. Attendees have the opportunity to hear from broadcasting professionals and learn in different presentations and speeches. Other events provide chances to network with professionals and students. Plus, the location of the convention can bring about tours of broadcasting facilities like news studios as well as television and movie sets. Sight seeing, shopping, and eating is also in store for our Atlanta-bound NBS members! Wish us luck!

Since Spring Break is just around the corner, it will be good time to take advantage of KWTS’ s online streaming! Just listen to us at wtamu.edu/kwts or download the WT Mobile App! You can listen to us anywhere! Tell us where you like to listen to The One in this week’s poll…

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Don’t Mess with Texas

KWTS is once again giving back and serving in the public interest outside of the studio!

For several years, KWTS has adopted a stretch of highway south of town and just west of Canyon High School. This is a part of the Texas Department of Transportation Adopt-a-Highway program. KWTS is just one of thousands of groups who have adopted a two mile segment of Texas’ highways and pledged to pick up trash along it several times a year. This litter-prevention program has been going on since 1985 saving tax payers’ money and keeping Texas just as beautiful as ever.

The snow kept us from heading out for highway cleanup a few weeks ago, and we were afraid the weather would do the same this week. Despite the light rain, our staff put on their bright orange vests and grabbed a bag.IMG_0919

Over the years, a lot of interesting things have been found like hub caps, pool noodles, and stove parts just to name a few.

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Thankfully, this was one of the few “warm” days we have seen lately, which gave us the opportunity to take all the time we could to cover the road.

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You’ll see us out there again on April 11th for the annual Trash-Off day, which according to TxDOT:

“The Don’t mess with Texas® Trash-Off is the single largest one-day cleanup event in the state and serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program. The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of TxDOT’s litter prevention program, which includes Don’t Mess with Texas, Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.”

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Although we love to give back to the community, it would be great to go out there and find that there isn’t any trash to pick up! Keep us and fellow Texans in mind the next time you roll down that window to toss out your trash!

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Can you believe that Spring Break is just a week away?! Tell us what you’ll be doing in our latest poll…. Whatever you do, make sure you stay safe!

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WTTV

Not only are we on the radio here at WT, we also have our own television station, WTTV.

This is a channel that broadcasts across the campus, even into campus dorms. On normal days, the channel is providing things such as student produced content, PSAs, advertisements of student events, services and announcements, or showing pictures of WT events. Also, Monday through Thursday at 1 and 5 p.m. you can catch KWTS’s news briefs.

However, on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., you can watch WTTV News One’s weekly, half hour broadcast. They bring West Texas A&M University current campus, state-wide, national news and weather. The whole broadcast is put on by students at WT. It is part of the Television News and Reporting class in Mass Communication. Here is a link to their latest broadcast. 

You can also follow them on Twitter @WTTVNewsOne

WTTV also has a crew (WTTV Live Crew) that provides online streaming for WT Basketball and Football on gobuffsgo.com. The video for football is also seen on the jumbo tron. The crew even help out with Freshman Convocation in the Fall.

Remember when I said that News One broadcasts to the university? Well, I lied. For the past two years, WTTV News One has participated in the Global News Relay and has broadcasted on an international level. This is a 24 hour news broadcast with universities all over the world contributing their time to the show.

Last year News One produced a two hour segment.

This year the theme was about global poverty, and with more schools participating, News One produced a 15 minute segment. You can catch them at 2:03:00.

If your WT organization or service has an announcement to put on WTTV, email the flyer to wttv@wtamu.edu.

But back to KWTS. What is your favorite show on the station?

 

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Communication Week

It has been one of the busiest weeks in the Department of Communication. It was Communication Week.

This is a week where the department gets to show people across the campus what we do. Also, all areas of emphasis and organizations in Mass Communication and Communication Studies get to come together and have fun. Events outside of the classroom bring together students, faculty and even alumni for fun and education.

This year’s theme was “Game Changers: What is Your Digital Destiny?” The committee chose this theme because of the accomplishments of Aaron Dignan, the week’s distinguished lecturer, and what our society is experiencing in terms of communication. Dignan wrote a book about how games can benefit learning, and he is also the co-founder of a digital strategy firm. The committee felt that, as communicators, we have the ability and power to change the game, and in this digital society, it is important to adapt and find one’s digital destiny.

In the spirit of games, the week kicked off with an event modeled after NBC’s Hollywood Game Night. Groups of professors went head-to-head against students in games like How Do You Doo?, Clue Boom, Take a Hint, and Off the Top of My Head.

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That evening, alumni from across the state and the country came back to campus to speak to and network with students.

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Tuesday, our communication family feuded a little in Family Feud.

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Later in the day, Aaron Dignan met one-on-one with students and spoke about successful business organizations in today’s world.

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To finish off the week (or three days), some communication faculty strutted their stuff in Project Runway. Dr. Hahn dressed as the Monopoly Man, Professor Schlegel as the Chess Queen, Professor Bruce as Princess Lolly, Professor Westermann as Princess Peach, Dr. Franken as Pac Man. Dean Mallard and Dr. Cain took home the crystal pumpkin as Mario and Luigi.

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If you can’t tell, we have fun here in WTAMU’s Communication Department!

The Oscars are on Sunday! Tell us who you think should win or should have won Best Picture.

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Who Should Win Best Picture?

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Serve in the Public’s Interest

One of the biggest responsibilities we have at KWTS is to serve in the public’s interest, and we take that very seriously. However, we don’t just serve the public inside the station. We volunteer our time and participate in many community service events. Most recently, we teamed up with the National Broadcasting Society to help out Family Support Services in Amarillo.

Every year Family Support Services hosts a Mardi Gras celebration. They have Cajun food, music, dancing, a casino, auctions, and beads, of course. All the money raised at the event goes to Family Support Services. Our staff and members of NBS took on all kinds of roles at the event. Some served food or drinks. Others cleaned off tables, and some even facilitated the games in the casino! It’s always a lot of work, but it is worth it and fun!

Coming up, we are going to participate in highway cleanup. We adopted a stretch of highway just south of Canyon, and we always keep it clean! Remember, Don’t mess with Texas! Then, we have signed up to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Amarillo. It’s always rewarding to participate in community service. It’s great to know we are making a difference. Our broadcast engineer, Johnny Story, said it well, “When you don’t have money to give, give your time.”

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Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming community service events. In the meantime, WT’s Communication Week is next week, so take our latest poll and go “like” WT Communication Week on Facebook!

 

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