Hockey night in the atrium?
By Dave Yasvinski
University Students' Council Broadcasting is tuning into a wide range of new programming endeavours to take place over the next few months.
USC Broadcasting is the product of a union between TV Western and CHRW which occurred in the spring and since then, several new shows have been implemented into its programming schedule, including plans to air its first live Mustangs hockey game in January with the help of Rogers Cablesystems.
Mario Circelli, station manager for USC Broadcasting, said they have worked with Rogers in the past. Rogers provided cameras to tape several football games during the year which have been combined with CHRW's play-by-play commentary and broadcasted at a later date on the Rogers community channel.
In order to show the game live, Rogers will have to run cables from Thompson arena to the USC Broadcasting studio located in the University Community Centre.
"If the technology works, then we'll keep doing it," Circelli said.
Rogers might also enable the programming of USC Broadcasting to reach a wider audience. Rogers' community station manager Scott Jackson said he has discussed this possibility with Circelli. He said while his main interest is broadcasting varsity sporting events, there are also other programming possibilities.
"If they are already producing shows, why can't we bring them to a wider audience?" Jackson said.
Jackson added any other types of Western programming would have to be evaluated before being broadcast because CRTC regulations that apply to Rogers may not affect USC Broadcasting.
Another USC Broadcasting objective is to bring TV Western to residences. Circelli said the idea is two to five years away but he is hopeful it will happen. "We want to provide for the students right where they live," he said.
Circelli said he also hopes to work in conjunction with Western's graduate school of journalism. Graduate students produce news stories and documentaries USC Broadcasting would be in a position to broadcast, he said.
David Spencer, dean of the journalism school, agreed this is a good idea if the conditions are right. "If they come to us with a proposal, we will sit down and talk to them," he said.
Spencer also said if they really want to become a partner he is sure the journalism school will be open to it. "We are always looking for outlets for student work," he said.
Circelli said USC Broadcasting is unique as far as Canada is concerned. They try to do real programming and not just community announcements. He said they would be willing to lend tapes of their programs to other schools but they are not interested in airing other universities' programming.
"We are committed to programming for Western students by Western students," he said.