GCHS students try their hand at live television





As Shelby McNutt, broadcasting instructor at Garden City High School was helping media, forensics and debate students set up lights and cables for live-streaming the school's 18th Telethon, he knew it was no simulation, but the real deal.

"This is like KSN Wichita, we're live," McNutt said.

The six-hour, student-produced broadcast was live from 4 to 10 p.m. on BBS-TV Channel 21, putting their talents on display for viewers. The telethon included debate rounds, acting events, and news reports.

One of the early acts was an eight-minute humorous interpretation on '10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse' by Juan Maldonado, 16, a sophomore at GCHS who is interested in broadcasting.

"I wasn't too nervous," Maldonado said about his first time participating in the telethon. "I plan on doing it again. I can't get enough of it."

The goal of the Telethon is for the students to get a professional sense of what it's like to be on real, live television. For the debate and forensics students involved, McNutt said it's a curriculum integration, meaning the community gets to see what those students do on camera just as they would in a debate tournament.

Last year, GCHS raised a little more than $6,000 in the live telethon, McNutt said. As of 6:10 p.m. Monday, he said a little more than $4,000 had been raised. The money will be split between both programs. Half will go to the media side to purchase additional equipment such as cables, and half to the debate and forensics program to aid the cost of travel for tournaments.

"The goal every year is to hope to get to the $3,000," McNutt said. "Anything over that is icing on the cake."

While freshmen, sophomores and juniors all helped produce the show, a few seniors were in charge of managing, hosting the show and showcasing the students' on-air talent.

"Every position here is vital, said Tucker Schiffelbein, senior. He is going to attend Iowa Western on a golf scholarship, but plans to major in mass media broadcasting. "If even one person messes up, it goes back to everyone. You have to trust everyone to do their job no matter where they are at. It's really an honor to be apart of this no matter what position you have."

"I've always enjoyed being talent, and being talent this year for the telethon," said Nikki Cedillo, senior, who helped with the teleprompter last year in the telethon. "I was really excited for it this year."

"I never saw myself in broadcasting, but when I had the radio class when I was a sophomore and kept going, I realized this is what I want to do," said Allisia Saucedo, senior, who was the manager of the telethon.

Jocelyn Orozco, who plans attend a university in Arizona or California for mass communication has always enjoyed being an on-air talent.

McNutt said it's been rewarding to watch all the students come in as freshmen and become interested in the program. "As the program grows, they grow with it," he said.

McNutt hopes to continue the live telethon yearly, and said he has future plans to expand the show.

"We're always looking to try to do a little bit more and a little bit different," McNutt said. "I'd like to see us at some point to be able to stream this show live to the World Wide Web. Maybe in the next year or two, we'll be able to do that."

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