Cable 8 Productions

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Not to be confused with Murrow News 8.
Cable 8 Productions
Student television station Production Company
Industry Television
Founded August 25, 1986; 30 years ago (1986-08-25)
Headquarters Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Pullman, Washington, US
Key people
Jake Sirianni
Ellen Gordon
Eli Porkka
Matt Haddow
McKenna Palmer
Emily Agen
Products Films and television
Owner Washington State University
Number of employees
45
Website Cable8.org


Cable 8 Productions (often referred to as Cable 8) is an independent, Student television station based on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington. Cable 8 Productions has served the students of Washington State University since 1986. Founded by Professor W. Neal Robison,

Cable 8 was created to give students hand-on experience creating, producing, directing, promoting and crewing TV shows while attending The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Students were already producing and directing newscasts for classes, but desired increased involvement and the opportunity to provide more dynamic content.

During the 2016–2017 school year, Cable 8 Productions celebrated its 30th year on the air with a special digital archive announcement and an official anniversary party.

About[edit]

Cable 8 Productions is run entirely by the students involved. With their faculty advisers, Marvin Marcelo and Kanale Rhoden, the organization is modeled after a working TV station. With production assistants and on-air talent; an executive board consisting of the President/general manager, Vice President of Television, Vice President of Special Projects, Vice-President of Marketing & Alumni Affairs, Director of Human Resources and chief financial officer; and a team responsible for the day-to-day operation of the station.

Cable 8 went on air with three original shows: Live at Eight, Video Underground, and a movie review show. Quickly becoming popular with the student population, Live at 8 won numerous national broadcasting awards and even had a guest appearance from actor Rob Schneider. Cable 8 students has consistently won campus, regional and national awards. Most notably a College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) national award for best special broadcast for a one-hour documentary detailing their philanthropic program.[1]

Since the mid-2000s, Cable 8 has been upgrading their Studio A facility to a full HD system. New items include the Sony MVS 7000X switcher and a line of Sony PMW-200s. Studio A in Jackson Hall is now a premiere college station on the west coast, rivaling many other high-profile schools.[2]

Programming[edit]

Cable 8 Productions has featured a wide variety of shows since its launch in 1986. All Cable 8 programs are student-run, with a director, an associate director, a producer and an associate producer for each show. Every production team consists of 10 to 25 students.

Current programming[edit]

  • Enigma – A team of paranormal investigators stumble upon some mysterious activity and end up solving a complex conundrum.
  • The Deric Tandre Show – An unconventional talk and remote-sketch show that parodies real-life talk shows.
  • Cable 8 Live – A variety show that features sketch comedy, musical guests, interviews, and more.
  • Hi, I'm Todd. – A dry, observational comedy about the predicament-prone lead character.

Selected past programming[edit]

Since its inception, Cable 8 Productions has featured a wide assortment of programming. The following list features some of the many shows that have been produced for Cable 8. Although none of these shows are still in production, some of them may still continue to air on Cable 8 in reruns.

  • The Update – A satirical news show that features character bits and sketches.
  • Video Underground – An entertainment review show featuring interviews, live performances, and music news.
  • Project Palouse – A mockumentary sitcom based around four undergrads going through the motions of college.
  • You Decide – A scripted game show that lets the audience and the people at home make the decisions on the show.
  • The World Tonight – A news satire program that covers topics such as sexism, mental illness, and The 2016 Election.
  • TALK – A collection of six satirical talk shows ranging in themes of medical/health, to confession/fights, to late-night – with bizarre hosts and peculiar guests.
  • Wazzu on Film – A film review show featuring the student voice and opinion.

Schedule[edit]

Currently Cable 8 broadcasts on campus and in the community of Pullman, Washington between 7 pm and 11 pm, 7 days a week. Programming currently consists of shows ranging from political discussion to the latest music videos, as well as a 15-minute newscast.

Current and past general managers[edit]

  • Craig Newcomb (2001–2002)
  • Nick Allard (2002–2003)
  • Adam Stiles (2003–2004)
  • Brandon Ramsey (2004–2005)
  • Steven Thorpe (2005–2006)
  • Monique Dugaw (2006–2007)
  • Dan Johnson (2007–2008)
  • Kanale Rhoden (2008–2009)
  • Sammy Johnson (2009–2010)
  • Adam Wallberg (2010–2011)
  • David Johnson (2011–2012)
  • Spencer Kabelac (2012–2013)
  • Herman Meier (2013–2015)
  • Megan Murnane (2015–2016)
  • Jake Sirianni (2016–present)

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