WSTO TV

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WSTO TV is Stoughton, Wisconsin's community television station. One of the first Public, educational, and government access (PEG) community channels, started in 1968 by Bob and Janeen Burrel. WSTO was originally called Viking Media Corp, until becoming WSTO in the early 1970s. WSTO is currently being broadcast on Charter Communications analog channel 98 and digital channel 981[1] and streaming 24/7 with some shows on-demand. In recent times WSTO was broadcast on Charter Communications Channel 12. WSTO has 2 full-time staff people, including the Director of Media Services and the Media Production Specialist. WSTO TV is operated by the City of Stoughton Media Services department for Stoughton, Wisconsin and is located on the 2nd floor of the Public Safety Building. WSTO Staff are working on a revised history based on historical documents and records located at the facility.[2]

WSTO's Shows[edit]

WSTO broadcasts 24 hours a day 7 day a week in digital broadcast quality. WSTO airs High School Sports, Elementary, Middle School and High School Music Performances, Select Stoughton Opera House Events, City and School Meetings, and various local events. WSTO has received many awards from the WAPC for the coverage of many of these events. WSTO is one of the few community television channels that have a production truck and will broadcast live from several locations, such as The City Council Chambers, Stoughton High School Gym, Auditorium, Cafetorium, and the Football Field, The Stoughton Opera House, The Stoughton Senior Center and the Mandt Community Center. Typical live broadcasts consist of Football, Soccer (both boys and girls), Hockey (both boys and girls), Basketball (both boys and girls), Volleyball, Wrestling, City Council, Planning Commission, Municipal Court, School Board and the Annual Syttende Mai Parade. Sports typically have a play-by-play announcer, graphic overlays, and a minimum of one camera. Single Camera Sports include Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Wrestling, Hockey and Football both use 3. City Council, Planning Commission, Municipal Court and School Board are done with 4 remote controlled cameras.

In between each show on WSTO there are Public Service Announcements, station IDs and Commercials.

Equipment[edit]

WSTO TV broadcast 24 hours a day 7 days a week using an automation system from Tightrope Media Systems. The automation system consists of a Cablecast SX2 Video Server, Chameleon 64i router and a Blonder Tongue Modulator.

WSTO TV operates a complete production truck with live-to-air and live-to-DVD capabilities with live on screen graphics, using a Compix Compact CG (Analog).

In addition to the full production truck, a remote production box, nicknamed "The Roadbox", has all the same capabilities of the production truck without being inside a vehicle.

Additionally WSTO has a permanent control room inside the WSTO Station, used for in studio shows and events in the council chambers/court room. Additionally there is a complete control booth at the Stoughton EMS Building which is used for council meeting or special recordings in the Hanson Room.

WSTO uses state of the art professional video cameras for remote shoots. Our fleet of cameras consist of 3 Canon XH A1, 3 Canon GL1, and 2 Canon XL1.

WSTO has recently updated their non-linear edit suites with 2 Dell PCs with the latest version of Vegas Video (Vegas Video 10.0e) and the newest version of DVD Architect.

Those looking to visit the WSTO Station can contact is at 608-873-7523.

WSTO Sports Sponsors[edit]

WSTO relies on sponsors to help with the massive costs of covering Stoughton High School Sports. These sponsors include Stoughton Hospital, Radio Shack/Hanson Electronics of Stoughton, The UPS Store Stoughton, Cress Funeral and Cremation Services, McGlynn Pharmacy, Inkworks of Stoughton, and Stoughton Pizza Pit[3]

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