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Mobile Productions Unit set to travel to Pinkerton Academy

Friday morning, faculty and staff from the Video Production department will travel to Derry, NH to Pinkerton Academy to work with their students in producing live video coverage of the evening’s basketball games between the Londonderry Lancers and the Pinkerton Academy Astros. The games, which will take place in Pinkerton Academy’s Hackler Gymnasium, is set to start at 6:30 PM.

The event gives Pinkerton students the opportunity to work with the NESCom Mobile Productions Unit, a 4-part remote unit on wheels with HD video, multitrack audio, and EVS instant replay. Chris Lord, Video Production Teacher at Pinkerton Academy, sees the event as a great opportunity, “This experience will be the hands on, live broadcast experience my students have been missing!” He adds, “This opportunity, provided by NESCom, really gives students an understanding professionally of what goes into producing a live broadcast, all of the various roles that need to work together from pre-production through post to pull it all together“.

Students from Lord’s Video Production class will man all the necessary positions in a live broadcast environment, from camera operators and grip to audio and producer. Lord works to train his students in all facets of video but sees this as a chance to do something different. “I am trying my best to prepare students for the media arts workforce, but this is something I just cannot replicate in the classroom.

This isn’t the Mobile Production Unit’s first trip to the area as it has already been used by Londonderry High School students studying video production.

WHSN-FM gets complete on-air studio makeover

WHSN before the upgrades

WHSN before the upgrades

For the first time since moving from Peabody Hall to the Wildey Communications Center in 2000, WHSN-FM has a new on-air studio. Over the last 2 weeks of winter break, the studio was a whirlwind of activity from IT dept head Matthew Bryant, Engineer Steve Toothaker and student IT employee J. Michael Adams.

The idea to rebuild the on-air studio began with the purchase of a new Wheatstone E1 IP-based console during the summer of 2012. Due to a delay from the manufacturer, the upgrade had to be put off until December. “With students returning from summer break, it would have been very difficult to make upgrades during the fall semester” says NESCom Radio Broadcasting’s Mark Nason. “So it made more sense to wait until winter break when we’d be able to take out time and do it correctly”.

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Engineer Steve Toothaker modifying the furniture

Rebuilding the studio “from the ground up” meant emptying the room completely, including the carpet. All new carpeting was installed and the walls repainted. Meanwhile, WHSN stayed live on-air by operating out of a production studio as a temporary home. Repurposed studio furniture was then brought in and the  equipment was wired. up.

WHSN’s new studio reposition and reconfigures the existing studio furniture giving the on-air announcer a view of the window and more importantly, direct eye contact with any guests/interviewees on-air. The centerpiece is the Wheatstone E1 which is that latest in a long tradition of WHSN having industry-leading technology for training. The biggest challenge in the studio rebuild was to relocate all heat and noise generating equipment to a new “rack room” closet located next to the on-air studio.

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WHSN after all the remodeling

This move makes the on-air studio both quieter and cooler for students working on Bangor’s Alternative.

Even before the spring 2013 semester began, local student radio staff members were already putting the studio through its paces as soon as possible. This gave the engineering team a chance to work out bugs and ensure students returned to a fully-functioning studio.

Indie ‘Potato’ cooks up promo deal with Blue Potato film (via Variety)

Read about the newly announced marketing deal between Terra Chips and the independent film Blue Potato which was written and directed by 1996 alumnus Aron Gaudet and his wife Gita Pullapilly.

Indie ‘Potato’ cooks up promo deal | Variety.

To learn more about Blue Potato and read the film’s production blog, visit http://bluepotatomovie.com