UTTV Raises the Bar for Student-generated Television

KNOXVILLE — More and better original student-generated programming is making an appearance on UTTV, the cable channel of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The channel, which can be found on Comcast Digital Cable channel 194 and on campus at channel 65, now includes seven shows that are produced by UT Knoxville students.

Ranging from live call-in sports talk to an internationally focused newsmagazine show, high-quality content created by students is making UTTV a more appealing channel, said Joshua Queener, who oversees most student-created programs from UT Knoxville.

“Our students have recognized that having their programs on UTTV means that they can reach a much wider audience than ever before,” said Queener. “As they have produced higher-quality programming, we’ve been happy to add it to the UTTV lineup.”

One of the newest shows in the lineup is “World View”, which draws on the vast international resources at UT Knoxville. The show highlights news events from around the world, and then moves to a discussion with members of the international student community on campus.

Also new is “Greek Corner,” a weekly discussion with fraternity and sorority members about the latest community outreach and philanthropy efforts undertaken by the groups.

“As our students produce top-quality programming, we’re proud to show it on UTTV,” said Tom Milligan, UT Knoxville vice chancellor for communications. “Not only can we engage our community in a new way, but we also give students a unique educational opportunity.”

In addition to “Greek Corner” and “World View,” student-produced programs on UTTV include:

-“Orange Juice,” a weekly show that highlights clubs and activities on the UT Knoxville campus.
-“Hot Topix,” a weekly discussion and call-in show on topics from campus life to health and politics.
-“Sports Mecca,” a weekly wrap-up and call-in show that covers sports from UT to the pros with stories and features.
-“UT Cribs,” a popular show modeled after “MTV Cribs,” which takes a look at where students live from houses and apartments to sorority suites.
-“@ Tennessee,” a weekly news show covering topics of interest on the UT Knoxville campus, overseen by Brad Lyle as part of courses in the School of Journalism and Electronic Media in the College of Communication and Information.

Milligan noted that while many of the students involved in program production come from the College of Communication and Information, the opportunity to have work aired on the cable channel is open to all students.

“We work very closely with the College of Communication and Information, and that’s a big part of this — students gaining real, valuable experience in their field of study,” Milligan said. “But we also have students from across the campus and lots of different majors taking part. They are demonstrating the kind of creativity that is the hallmark of a UT Knoxville education. This really is interesting work, and we’re proud to share it with the community.”

UTTV also features original programming like “Studio 865,” a local music performance and interview show and “Campus Conversations,” featuring interviews and stories from around the UT Knoxville campus. A full schedule of programming on UTTV is available at http://uttv.utk.edu.


Contacts:

Jay Mayfield (865-974-9409, jay.mayfield@tennessee.edu)