Ithaca College Television

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Ithaca, New York
Branding ICTV
Slogan your choice. your channel.
Channels Analog: 16 (TW Cable)
Digital: 97-2 (TW Cable)
Affiliations None
Owner Ithaca College
Founded March 3rd, 1958
Call letters' meaning Ithaca College
Former callsigns WICB-TV (1958-86)
ICB-TV (1986-92)

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,, along with on-demand episodes from past and present shows.

ICTV cablecasts on Time Warner local educational access on channel 16 (Analog) and channel 97-2 (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 VIC Radio 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 and 20 productions and over 400 participants.


ICTV is a student television station led by a thirteen-person Executive Staff managed by the Station Manager. Executive Staff positions include 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.

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


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 Schedule (check for details on times):

Sunday- Newswatch, Sports Final, Big Red Faceoff

Monday- Sautéed, Entertainment Exclusive, Fake Out, Couples Clash, Hold That Thought, The Director's Chair, That Other New's Show

Tuesday- Game Over, Newswatch, Sports Final, Sketch Me If You Can, Hold That Thought, That Other News Show

Wednesday- Sautéed, Entertainment Exclusive, Fake Out, Couples Clash, The Screening Room, The Director's Chair, After Hours

Thursday- Game Over, Newswatch, The Screening Room, After Hours

Current Programming[edit]

ICTV currently has the following television programs in production:

  • After Hours

A late night talk show, currently hosted by Joel Almand. Topics include pop culture, current events, guest interviews and performer showcases.

  • Big Red Faceoff

Sports show covering Cornell College's men's and women's ice hockey teams, including highlights, analysis and interviews.

  • Bombers Live

Live coverage and panel analysis of Ithaca College home game sports events, including football and basketball.

  • Couples Clash

Game show in which friends and couples put their relationships to the test through knowledge-based and physical challenges to win a prize.

  • Entertainment Exclusive
  • Fake Out

Competitive game show which challenges contestants to guess which stories are true and which are false in order to claim the prize.

  • Game Over

Primarily a news show, centered around video game, movie, and comic reviews, as well as all things geek culture.

  • Hold That Thought

Live sports debate show. Panelists discuss recent collegiate and professional sports, then viewers vote on who won and will return for the next episode.

  • Newswatch

News program covering local news for Ithaca and all of Tomkins County. Newswatch is the only local news program in the area.

  • Office Hours
  • Sautéed

Instructional cooking show. Hosts demonstrate how to create a variety of different dishes and meal items.

  • Sketch Me If You Can

Contestant teams in this game show must guess what is being drawn to compete for points and win the game.

  • So You Think You Know Sports
  • Sports Final

Local sports coverage, reporting stories on Cornell and Ithaca College sports as well as Tomkins County high school sports.

  • That Other News Show

Spoof comedy news show.

  • The Director's Chair

Behind-the-scenes of Ithaca College student filmmaking. Includes student film news, cast and crew interviews and more.

  • The Screening Room

Movie review show. Each week two critique and give their grades to recently released Hollywood films, as well as give their DVD recommendations.

  • The Week That Was

Satirizing and educating on current events and politics.

Current ICTV Podcasts include:

  • The Asman and Budick Show
  • Off the Field
  • the rEcap

Sports (from previously mentioned programs)

  • Big Red Faceoff
  • Bombers Live
  • So You Think You Know Sports
  • Sports Final
  • Hold That Thought

News (from previously mentioned programs)

  • Entertainment Exclusive
  • Game Over
  • Newswatch
  • The Week That Was

Entertainment (from previously mentioned programs)

  • After Hours
  • Couples Clash
  • Fake Out
  • Sautéed
  • Sketch Me If You Can
  • That Other News Show
  • The Director's Chair
  • The Screening Room

Original Podcasts (from previously mentioned programs)

  • Office Hours
  • Shorts

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:


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.


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


  • 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:
  • Finalist, Best General Entertainment Program: "Entertainment 16″ Produced by Andrea Teplitsky, Mariel Rubin, and Faryn Shiro
  • Finalist, Best Promo:, 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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