Mass communications students working for Husky Productions and UTVS TV earned a pair of College Sports Media Awards May 28 in Atlanta.
“What an honor it is to be up here tonight,” said Elizabeth Burda, Husky Productions producer and UTVS TV general manager. “Four of us were able to make it tonight all the way from Minnesota, but there are 20 students at home who were a huge part of all the productions this season, and this award wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for each and every one of them giving up their Friday and Saturday nights, so thank you.”
Burda, Champlin, and director Patrick Crooks, Richmond, helmed a men’s Huskies Hockey vs. University of Nebraska Omaha broadcast that was honored in the collegiate student division as an Outstanding Live Game Production. This is the fourth honor for Husky Productions in that category.
UTVS earned an Outstanding Live Studio/Remote Hosted Programming nod for “Husky Mag,” a weekly sports highlight show that focuses on St. Cloud State and high school athletics.
The awards are sponsored annually by New York-based Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
UTVS is a student-run station that broadcasts on the St. Cloud-area Charter cable system. The UTVS News crew is nearly 25 students.
UTVS’ Husky Productions (HP) division manages broadcasts of Huskies Athletics events, including women’s and men’s Huskies Hockey games. Its student crew is more than 20 people. HP broadcasts are sometimes carried by regional and national networks. Brian Stanley ’93 is executive producer of Husky Productions. Derrick Silvestri ’06 is the UTVS advisor and studio manager.
Both broadcasting entities are aided by a $4.8 million high-definition (HD) upgrade in 2013. Read about the UTVS/HP control rooms, sound stages, editing suites and other broadcast facilities.