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Stony Brook, NY
Channels Analog: 20
Owner Undergraduate Student Government at Stony Brook University
Founded 1992, 2001 (relaunched as SBU TV)
Former callsigns SBTV (1992)
SPA-TV (1993-1994)
3TV (1995-1999)
Former channel number(s) 3
Website SBU-TV Website

SBU TV, standing for Stony Brook University Television, is a Student television station at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Founded in 2001, SBU TV was created as a means for Stony Brook University Students to inform the Stony Brook University community of current issues. It was also created to provide entertainment programming, and to give students the opportunity for hands-on access to professional television equipment. Students who have worked at SBU TV have gone on to be employed by various television stations including MTV, Lime (TV), News 12, TV55 and Fox 5. SBU TV is an agency of Stony Brook University's Undergraduate Student Government.[1]

SBUTV was a short-lived project of the University in 1992 as a way for students to get hands on involvement in television and television production. In the fall of '92, the Student Polity Association (student government) tried to relaunch the project.[2] Commuters opposed the proposal because they wouldn't be able to view the closed-circuit station. By the spring of 1993, the station was broadcasting on Channel 3 as SPA-TV or "Student Polity Association TV." The station was renamed to 3TV in February 1995.[3] The station operated until the 1999,[4] when it was abruptly shut down by the University due to programming violations. In 2000, the University offered a Television production class, taught by Dini Diskin-Zimmerman, who was the first female director at ABC News, CNN and the Food Network, and was part of the then upstart News 12 Long Island on Cablevision. A group of students in her class, with guidance from former Student Media Advisor, Norm Prusslin, spoke with the student government, and the University to restart the station. Part of the agreement was that a professional be hired to oversee operations of the station, and that it adhere to both FCC and University rules and regulations, even if the students still controlled the station, since it was funded by student activity fees. In early 2001, Steve Kreitzer was hired as Operations Manager, after funding was granted by the Stony Brook University Student Government.

With the creation of a Journalism Department at Stony Brook University in 2006, and its television broadcast related curriculum, the influx of new staff led to better and more productions.

Current original programs[edit]

  • SBU-TV News - Monthly news show covering campus news and events including sports
  • Broken Radio - Past and Present Music Videos
  • Film Stripped- Cinema students critique current films in theatres
  • USG Senate Meetings- Coverage of the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meetings

Past original programs[edit]

  • The Beverly Bryan Show- A sketch comedy about a talk show
  • The Curb - Original sketch comedy about current events and life on campus
  • It's About Damn Time - Variety/call in talk show (live)
  • SBent- An entertainment news program
  • SBSB (Stony Brook Sketch Comedy) - Original Sketch Comedy
  • Stony Brook Spotlight - Coverage of Campus Events and Happenings
  • Smart Ass- A social experiment

Executive Board[edit]

E-Board 2010-2011

  • President/Program Director- Andy Mavra
  • Vice President/Assistant Program Director- Jasmine Aspinall
  • Secretary/Chief Editor- Melissa Chan
  • Promotions Director/Events Coordinator– Priscilla Aviles
  • Operations Manager- Steve Kreitzer

E-Board 2009-2010

  • President- Anna Aguilar
  • Production Manager- Vasili Sushko
  • Treasurer- Andrew Mavra
  • Secretary- Boris Jacobson
  • News Director- Carol Tang
  • Operations Manager- Steve Kreitzer


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