Ithaca College Television

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ICTV
Ictv2006.png
Ithaca, New York
Branding ICTV
Slogan your choice. your channel.
Channels Analog: 16 (TW Cable)
Digital: 97-5 (TW Cable)
Affiliations None
Owner Ithaca College
Founded 1958
Call letters' meaning Ithaca College
TeleVision
Former callsigns WICB-TV (1958-86)
ICB-TV (1986-92)
Website www.ictv.org

Ithaca College Television (ICTV) is Ithaca College's student television channel. Founded in 1958 as the first student-run cable television station, ICTV provides original, student-produced programming to approximately 26,000 households in Tompkins County, New York [1] through Time Warner Cable [2]. Additionally, ICTV offers a livestream of its programming on its website, ICTV.org, along with on-demand episodes from past and present shows.

ICTV cablecasts on Time Warner local educational access on channel 16 (Analog) and channel 97-5 (Digital). The channel programs twelve-week seasons during the fall and spring semesters, Sundays through Thursdays from 6:30pm-11pm. When ICTV is not broadcasting original content, a live view of Cayuga Lake is transmitted and 91.7 WICB is played.

Ithaca College Television was created to provide community-oriented public affairs and entertainment programming to the Ithaca-area cable audience. Since almost all programming on ICTV is student-initiated, any semester’s productions depend upon the interests of the active participants. Currently, ICTV has five branches of programming - News, Sports, Entertainment, Original Series, and Podcasts. Re-introduced to ICTV in Spring 2014, Special Projects focuses on bringing live and non-traditional programming to ICTV. Projects include event coverage, student films, and extended sports and news packages. ICTV Shorts can now be found under Original Series. Though it varies from semester to semester, each ICTV semester features between 15 to 20 productions.

Leadership[edit]

ICTV is a student television station led by a thirteen-person Executive Staff. Positions include Station Manager, Director of Programming, Director of Development, Director of Technical Operations, Associate Director of Technical Operations, Digital Media Manager, Director of Web Development, Director of On-Air Promotions, Director of Publicity, Master Control Supervisor, News Director, Sports Director, and Entertainment Director. ICTV also has two faculty advisors - Chris Wheatley, Ithaca College's Manager of TV and Radio Operations, and Paul Stanion, Studio Manager and God Among Men.

All ICTV programs are student-led, with two or three producers per show. Each production team consists of 15 to 40 students.

Schedule[edit]

At the start of the Fall and Spring semesters, ICTV holds a "Recruitment Night" to kick off each new ICTV season (which lasts for a semester). Students are briefly introduced to the productions for the upcoming semester through a video created by the ICTV Executive Staff. After getting an idea of which shows most interest them, students are free to explore their options and talk with current producers and sign up for as many shows as desired. ICTV's twelve-week season begins a few weeks after Recruitment Night and ends during the last week of classes.

At the end of the Spring semester, i.e. every academic year, ICTV holds its annual Just Desserts ceremony. This ceremony serves as a send-off for graduating seniors, an awards ceremony for producers and programs, and a celebration of the year's achievements.

Current Programming[edit]

ICTV currently has the following television programs in production:

  • After Hours with Alex Cammy
  • Bombers Live
  • The Big Red Faceoff
  • Couples Clash
  • The Director's Chair
  • E16
  • Fake Out
  • Game Over
  • Hold That Thought
  • The Ivies
  • Newswatch 16
  • The RoundTable
  • The Screening Room
  • Sautéed
  • Sports Final

Current ICTV Podcasts include:

  • The Asman and Budick Show
  • the rEcap
  • SE16

Past Programming[edit]

ICTV's archives hold fifty plus years of original ICTV programs, some of which can be found on ICTV's website. Listed below are some notable programs from ICTV's past:

"Ivy"[edit]

Based on the hit MTV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, IVY was the most recent show to gain significant attention at ICTV. [3] The new comedy was the first ICTV show to take place entirely at Cornell University. Praised for its unique visual design and effective parody of reality TV-style shows, IVY became a major hit not only at Ithaca College and Cornell University, but throughout the entire Ivy League as well. After the first season premiered, Ivy was recognized on several blogs [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10], and even The Cornell Daily Sun [11], which wrote an article about the show.

"The Race"[edit]

One show that generated excitement outside of the Ithaca community was The Race, a reality series inspired by the hit CBS show, The Amazing Race. The Race won several awards and was recognized on various reality TV websites and blogs. It aired for two seasons in 2007.

Awards[edit]

Throughout its history, ICTV has won many awards. Some of the station's most notable wins are:

2012 BEA Festival of Media Arts: Student Video Awards Las Vegas, NV – April 2012

  • Third Place, Studio (Multi-Camera or Live-to-Tape) Pop Quiz, Tournament of Champions

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence, 2012

  • Third Place, Region 1 Newswatch 16

2011 The Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. 2011 National Student Production Awards, Orlando, FL – October 2011

  • Finalist, Best Comedy ”To A Pulp” produced by Joe Killeen and Nate Breton
  • Finalist, Best Promo ”ICTV–It’s Everywhere” produced by Nick Righi
  • Finalist, Best PSA ”Take Back the Tap” produced by Nick Righi and Erik Keto
  • Finalist, Best Sportscast ”Hold That Thought” produced by Alex Haubenstock and Jason Rickel
  • Finalist, Best Documentary/Public Affairs ”Invading the Everglades” produced by Nick Righi

Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Providence, RI – March 2011

  • Winner, Region 1 Newswatch 16

2010

  • Winner, Best Regularly Scheduled Local News Program Newswatch 16
  • Winner, Best News Story Newswatch 16: “Best Shooting in Ithaca”
  • Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Third Place, Region 1 Newswatch 16

2009 The Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. 2009 National Student Production Awards

  • Winner, Best Sportscast: ”Sports Final” produced by Jodi Eisenberg, Dana Matson, Kevin Cartini, and Matt McLaughlin. Sports director: Tom Wrede
  • Winner, Best Newscast: ”Newswatch 16″ produced by Becky Goodling. News Director: Bryan Mercer.
  • Finalist, Best Student Media Web Site: ICTV.org
  • Finalist, Best General Entertainment Program: ”Entertainment 16″ Produced by Andrea Teplitsky, Mariel Rubin, and Faryn Shiro
  • Finalist, Best Promo: ICTV.org, produced by Matt Baldovsky
  • Finalist, Best Live Sports Production (two finalists): ”Bombers Football vs. Frostburg State” produced by Allison Gainza and Ryan Boyce; “Bombers Women’s Basketball vs. Stevens” produced by Allison Gainza and Jodi Eisenberg
  • Finalist, Best Special Broadcast: ”ICTV 50th Anniversary” produced by Stu Kenny

Education Campus Television Administrators (AHECTA) 2009

  • Grand Prize, “Busking the Big Apple” produced by Chris Cucci, Chris Burt, and Sarah Justine Woodhouse

New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards – College Television Competition

  • First Place, “Newswatch 16″ produced by Becky Goodling. News Director: Brian Mercer

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