UCTV (University of Connecticut)
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|Owned by||University of Connecticut|
|Picture format||High Definition|
|Slogan||For Your Viewing Pleasure
Blowin' up yo' SET! (former)
|Broadcast area||Campus Televisions|
UCTV is a student television station run by undergraduate students on the Storrs campus at the University of Connecticut's "Huskyvision" cable system. UCTV can be seen on channel 14 on the UConn campus.
UCTV, the nation's only fully student-run college television station, first launched back in 1991 on the Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut. Later that year, puppetry majors Mark Gale, Tim Lagasse, Dave Regan and English Major Andy Heidel launched UCTV's first-ever show, a puppet comedy known as "Egghead and Shively." With Gale playing Egghead, a one-eyed puppet with a smoking addiction, and Lagasse portraying Shively, a caffeine-addicted puppet with a receding hairline, the show's four episodes were a hit on the UConn campus and quickly launched UCTV into campus-wide prominence. In the 27 years that have followed, UCTV has generated many productions spanning a wide variety of genres, from news and sports, to music and sketch comedy among others. In the 2008-2009 academic year, UCTV rolled out a comprehensive 24-hour schedule featuring 20 student-made programs, including four sports shows, two talk shows, and its own reality show. A show about Hip Hop music, Live! with Pete Finch, was shown in cable in Bridgeport. The station also featured over 100 students volunteering at UCTV as of 2009. 2011 marked the introduction of UCSPAN as a new department, offering event coverage of campus events, including club sports and UConn Homecoming coverage. Since 2012, UCTV has aired live sports and news broadcasts on a regular basis.
I Did Your Mother controversy
In 2002 the UCTV show I Did Your Mother sparked controversy. UConn students protested the show on campus because they were offended by the show's raunchy and insulting content, especially since it was funded by student activity fees. A cast member of the show and Dan Drew, the editor-in-chief of UConn's student newspaper The Daily Campus, appeared on the Fox News television show The O'Reilly Factor for an interview about the controversial situation. Citing the students' right to freedom of speech, University officials criticized the show, but did not force the student-run station to cancel it.
In 2016, UCTV was awarded ‘Best TV Newscast’ in the College Media Association Apple Awards.
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