WOLV-TV is the Student television station of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. It is operated entirely by students, though it receives assistance from university housing, and its stated mission is to educate students in all aspects of television production. The station broadcasts year-round on channel 55 in all campus buildings including dormitories, though it produces material only during the regular school year. WOLV-TV is currently a Sponsored Student Group that operates on the ninth floor of South Quad at 600 East Madison Street. It is a subsidiary of the Michigan Cable Network. Although its name is similar to the callsign format of a broadcast station, it is only available on closed-circuit cable and not over-the-air.
A group of students led by Danny Schway (President), Scott Doyne (Vice-President), and Jeff Holzhausen (Sports Director) formed WOLV-TV during the 1994-1995 academic year. The station had no studio at that time and it largely focused on airing Michigan Ice Hockey Games. Despite its limited abiilties, WOLV-TV earned the outstanding new organization award, and has continued functioning since that time. WOLV-TV was granted a studio, control room, and office on the ninth floor of South Quad a few years after its creation. It now operates out of that workspace, which it shares with the Michigan Cable Network. The station adopted its current Constitution in 2011, which is still in force. Starting in the spring of 2010, WOLV students began broadcasting baseball and softball games live on BigTenNetwork.com for BTN. These Student U productions later re-aired on the linear Big Ten Network. This new venture is just the beginning of WOLV's involvement with BTN. In the 2010-2011 school year, WOLV will broadcast more than 50 events for The Big Ten Network.
WOLV-TV operates under a Constitution written in 2009, though said document is revised annually. The station is led by an Executive Board, which is chaired by the General Manager. The station is divided into seven departments, each led by a Director, and each having certain responsibilities.
Originally a music show in its first season, which exposed talented student musicians, Michigan in Motion ultimately focused on providing a funny perspective on campus life. Serwer took a sometimes irreverent look at the unusual, humorous and often bizarre people, student groups and stories that made up the variety of life at UofM. The show included personal interviews and features, both inside the studio and on location.
Perhaps one of WOLV TV's strangest, most popular, and most random shows to have ever aired, Peomp $heott was an improvisational comedy show. Helped along by Sean King, George Mike, John Zhang, Steve Nannes, and many other guests, the show was an unforgiving satire of campus events, political issues, and sports headlines. For a brief period, the show also included a Peomp Cribs segment where students from around campus would subject their dwellings to the scrutiny of the unpredictable hosts.