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Sources: David Kaufman, 785-532-2535, davek4@k-state.edu;
and Jeffery Morris, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu
Note to editor: Christopher Glover is a graduate of Olathe East High School.
News release prepared by: Kayela Richard, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

BAND COMPETITION OFFERS LIVE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University video production students recently got a first-time experience delivering a production of a live event from the university's remote production truck directly to cable TV.

The students provided about four hours of entertainment on K-State TV, the university's local cable access channel on Cox Cable in Manhattan, Junction City and Ogden.

David Kaufman, senior in journalism and mass communications, Topeka, was co-producer and director for the live cablecast of the Union Program Council's 24th annual Opus amateur band competition at Memorial Stadium.

"We had everything planned out. It was a little rough at the start, but after the first few bands it was smooth sailing," Kaufman said. "We didn't really have any dead air time."

K-State's remote production truck was used for the show. The million-dollar, 35-foot television production vehicle offers production studio technology on site.

"It took a lot of planning to make sure that everything would work the way we were hoping," Kaufman said. "There was a lot of time put into planning, which was new to me. I hadn't really anticipated devoting so much time to it, but it turned out really well and I was happy with the end result."

Not only did the bands get to play in front of a live audience, but because of the hard work provided by Kaufmann and the production staff, the bands also received free promotion.

"I burned copies of the DVD of the entire show for each band," he said. "You can also view each act on the Wildcat Watch YouTube site, http://www.youtube.com/wildcatwatch."

The Union Program Council, a part of the K-State Student Union, sponsored and collaborated with the student production team to make the Opus band competition a success, Kaufman said.

"UPC was incredibly helpful and very happy with the end results as well," he said.

The show was a learning experience for the production students, and they are already brainstorming for next year.

"In the future we want to have a projector at the concert so people can watch the bands live and see it on TV at the same time," Kaufman said. "We also hope someday to create and sponsor our own live event. Live shows are fun, and provide a great learning experience for a student."

Jeff Morris, K-State's vice president for communications and marketing, supports the student production crew's effort.

"This is exactly the kind of experience that our students need," Morris said. "We hope to provide more experiences like this in the future. We want to provide greater access to the equipment and studios to students as a way to help prepare them for careers."

K-State students who helped Kaufman with the Opus cablecast production included:

Clayton Stubbs, junior in electrical engineering, Abilene; Aaron Engelman, senior in journalism and mass communications, Benedict; Jayci McKenney, senior in journalism and mass communications, Fort Scott.

From Greater Kansas City: Anthony Drath, senior in journalism and mass communications, Lenexa; Abigail Gloe, senior in digital journalism and mass communications, Mission Hills; Christopher Glover, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, Olathe; and Kelley Price, senior in journalism and mass communications, Overland Park.

Jacob Mueller, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, Herington; Sean Bighems, senior in social sciences, Lansing; Andrew Morris, graduate student in journalism and mass communications, Manhattan; Andrew Erichsen, junior in journalism and mass communications, Milford.

From out of state: Christopher Powell, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, Loveland, Colo.