Marquette University Television

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For other uses of the initials MUTV, see MUTV.
1131 W. Wisconsin Ave. #424
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
Branding MUTV 99
Slogan Your Campus News Source
Channels Analog: 99 (CCTV - Cable)
Affiliations mtvU, CNN,
Owner Marquette University
Founded 1976
Call letters' meaning Marquette

Marquette University Television (MUTV) is a student television station at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. MUTV is considered a co-curricular activity of the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Department and is advised by full-time faculty member Barbara Fleming Volbrecht. The students produce three shows a night (Monday - Thursday), one from each department: Entertainment, Sports, and News. The station is seen as a valuable learning tool for students to find what they enjoy and hone their skills within the context of a television station.


Marquette University Television was chartered by Marquette University in 1976 and is a registered student organization with the Marquette University Student Government and Office of Student Development. MUTV was formed through the diligent work of Bob Turner, former head of the Instructional Media Center, students Steve Olson and George Wensel, and other students and Marquette faculty and staff. Kenneth Shuler, a former engineer, is legend for making MUTV possible by running the campus cable system. As the story goes, during the night Ken would go to work running cables through offices and in tunnels under Wisconsin Avenue. Many of the original engineers died in a plane crash in the 70's that nearly crippled the program's success. George Wensel, who later went on to be a major force in sports telecasts and has a Sports Emmy Award named in his honor, died in a drowning accident in 1995. Ken, Bob, and George live on through the annual scholarships awarded to creative and innovative broadcasting students.


Student Commitment is an initiative by WISN-TV to capture the college student perspective on the 2008 political elections by college students. Students from UWM's PantherVision also participate in the project.


MUTV's mascot is Cornelius the Armadillo. A former general manager of MUTV had a pet armadillo whose name was Cornelius. When Cornelius died he had it stuffed and gave it to the station. Cornelius still lives in the MUTV office, though he has suffered some abuse over the years. Cornelius can occasionally be seen on the air in MUTV entertainment shows.


MUTV occasionally runs special programs during the year.

  • Marquette University Student Government Election Show - The day of the annual MUSG election, MUTV produces a one-hour newscast featuring packages and live interviews with the President and EVP candidates.
  • Marquette Madness - MUTV, in conjunction with the Marquette University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Tri-Marq Communications, broadcasts the annual Marquette Madness event to Channel 99 and
  • Marquette Women's Volleyball - MUTV broadcasts select Marquette Women's Volleyball games from the Al McGuire Center to Channel 99 and
  • Marquette Women's Basketball - MUTV broadcasts select Marquette Women's Basketball games from the Al McGuire Center to Channel 99 and
  • Marquette Men's Basketball - MUTV broadcasts select Marquette Men's Basketball games from the Bradley Center exclusively to
  • MUTV Production News - MUTV's News and Production crews switch places for the night. The news team performs all production duties, and the production crew prepares and presents the evening's newscast.


General Managers[edit]

MUTV was started by students and continues to be student run. It is led by the General Manager, as selected by the Student Media Board at the end of each academic year. An incomplete list of former general managers follows:

Academic Years Person
1976-1978 Steve Olson
1979 George Wensel
1983-1984 Kevin Welsh
1984-1985 Jim Culhane
1985-1987 Jeff Wunderlich
1987-1988 Wendy Whitney
1988-1989 Steve Berlowski
1989-1990 Kevin Boyd
1991-1992 Kevin Klimek
1992-1993 Matt Croft
1993-1994 Katie Maloney
1994-1995 Tracy Smurawski
1995-1996 Ron Giordan
1996-1997 Devin Farmer
1997-1998 Christy Overberg
1998-1999 Eric Kent
1999-2000 Jen Chisholm
2000-2001 Bill Spiva
2001-2002 Bruno Giglio
2002-2003 Kevin Delaney
2003-2004 Ryan Bigney
2004-2005 Jenna Santoianni
2005-2006 David M. Kelly
2006-2007 William Malinowski
2007-2008 Allison Craft
2008-2009 Elizabeth Cohen
2009-2010 Patricia Marra
2010-2011 Samuel Bringardner
2011-2012 Loreta Dilaveri
2012-2013 Peter Aksamit
2013-2014 Francesca Reed
2014-2015 Nina Guzman
2015-2016 Brian Georgeson
2016-2017 Hannah Kirby

Current Staff[edit]

The MUTV Staff for the 2016 to 2017 academic year is as follows:

Position Person
General Manager Hannah Kirby
Executive News Producer Phil "The $33D" Pinarski
News Producer Larson Seaver
News Producer Kevin Wells
Executive Sports Producer Connor Basch
Sports Producer Kellan Buddy
Sports Producer John Hand
Executive Entertainment Producer Allie Atsalis
Entertainment Producer Michael Hendricks
Entertainment Producer Dennis Tracy
Production Director Paula Tews
Asst. Production Director Cliff Noonan
Asst. Production Director Tara Schumal
Asst. Production Director Alex Langosch


Students utilize the newly renovated facilities of the Instructional Media Center for nearly all aspects of show production. The IMC features two large video production studios (Studio 6 and Studio 7) with complementing control rooms. Control 7 is utilized for show taping and has direct access to all gear (including cameras and graphics) in Studio 6. All shows are recorded live-to-tape on the MiniDV format, as well as digitally on the M-Series iVDR. In 2006 the entire facility was upgraded and renovated for all brand new, state-of-the-art broadcasting equipment, making Marquette HD capable.

Studio 7[edit]

Studio 7 is a 2-story, 30' x 45' sound stage with fifteen mobile lighting grids for easy light placement and focusing. The room once served as the university library.

Equipment list (Studio 7 and Control 7):

Studio 6[edit]

Studio 6 is a single-story, 20' x 25' studio with a stationary lighting grid.

Equipment list (Studio 6 and Control 6):

Audio Studios 2 and 4[edit]

Audio studios 2 and 4 are two full audio studios. Audio 4 is set up like a classroom and Audio 2 is smaller and features a separate recording room.

Equipment list (both studios are exactly the same):

Media Lab[edit]

The IMC's Media Lab features nine Apple Inc. iMac 5K Retina Display video editing workstations that have both Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro. Seven stations are in the media lab and two are in adjacent, private edit bays.

PC Workroom[edit]

The PC lab features seven Microsoft Windows computers loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Audition, and Chyron Lyric. The computers are networked to the Chyron character generators, enabling offline graphics work to be done in the lab while the control rooms are in use.

Remote Kit[edit]

MUTV's remote kit travels to the Al McGuire Center, Alumni Memorial Union, Weasler Auditorium and any other location a live multi-camera event needs to be broadcast from.

Equipment list:

  • Grass Valley Group 100 1 MLE Video Switcher
  • Ikegami HA-200 Camera w/ Studio Kit
  • Sony DXC-3000 Cameras w/ Studio Kit (up to three)
  • JVC GY-DV500 Hand-held Cameras (up to three)
  • Canon GL-2 Cameras (up to three)
  • 5x Hotronic AP-41 Frame Stores
  • Panasonic Ramsa 8-Channel Audio Console
  • EV 635 Stick Microphones (up to eight)
  • Shure SM-57 Microphones (up to two)
  • EV Shotgun Microphones (up to two)
  • Clear-Com Intercom and IFB System w/ Telephone Hybrid

Client Productions[edit]

The Client Productions Department is a full-service production house within the station that is available to record events or produce works for hire. Commonly requested to document speakers and concerts on the Marquette campus, the department also utilizes a Polycom Video Conference box to act as a remote interview site for PBS affiliates. The Client Productions Department also travels to area events, providing live video support and/or taping services.

Their rate card is available on the MUTV website.


In the early days of MUTV, Big Fred and Little Fred were the remote trucks that enabled MUTV to go off and shoot events like Marquette Men's Basketball. The trucks were hand-built by the engineers and students and Big Fred, specifically, was a used bread truck. MUTV broadcast Men's Basketball on a tape delay since a microwave transmitter was not available. 3/4" tape was driven from the Milwaukee Arena to Johnston Hall. A microwave transmitter was eventually purchased, but it was almost immediately struck by lightning and rendered useless. The trucks were valuable assets to the program, though, were difficult to maintain. One day Big Fred and Little Fred were driven away and were never returned. In the late 70's remotes were done from the Haelfer Sports complex, Wilson Park ice arena and the mall in front of LaLumere.

A remote fly-pack was built at the start of the 2006-2007 school year, utilizing equipment replaced during that summer's digital upgrade. The kit, see equipment list and description above, is a valuable tool for MUTV, allowing them to do remotes once again. The kit has traveled to the Al McGuire Center, Bradley Center, Weasler Auditorium, Varsity Theater, and Alumni Memorial Union to broadcast sporting events, political debates, and other events. The students utilize both the equipment in the fly-pack and equipment in the Johnston Hall control rooms (video and CG support) to make the broadcasts successful. Video is sent to Johnston Hall over a network of fiber optic converters placed in key buildings on the Marquette campus. A telephone link between intercom systems allows seamless communication between the remote and Johnston Hall.


MUTV utilizes Public-access television cable TV channel 99 on the Time Warner Cable feed to the Marquette campus. MUTV operates on channel 99 Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. mtvU is aired on the channel during off-air hours.

MUTV launched their first Video-on-Demand service in fall of 2003. Shortly after, the project was suspended due to workflow inefficiencies. The service was revived in spring of 2007, taking the form of a UFO-based Flash Video player. In February 2008, MUTV acquired access to one of the University's QuickTime Streaming Servers and thus converted their Video on Demand Service to QuickTime. An ongoing initiative to have all MUTV shows available in Video-on-Demand is continued by the Programming/Distribution Department. In 2008, MUTV purchased a Mac Pro to handle the duties of putting content online on the MUTV Website and YouTube.

For sporting events, a live stream of MUTV is available in the All-Access player at


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