Ever wonder what it is like to attend a talk show and get to see what goes on behind the scenes? On Nov. 9, about 30 SHSU students got to do just that.
The Texas Association of Broadcast Students, a new organization within the radio-television department, sponsored the trip to the ABC studios in Houston and attended a taping of the Debra Duncan Show.
Gena McClatchy, president of TABS, said the trip to the ABC studios gave current RTV majors a good idea as to what they might expect in a few years after graduation.
“We strive to be a ‘hands-on’ professional organization,” said McClatchy. “This trip is an example of how we are trying to give members ‘a little’ before they graduate. Two weeks ago we toured the studios here. In a few weeks from now we will visit the Channel 3 Station in Bryan.”
TABS member Ray Solis agreed with McClatchy that the taping of the show gave him a good idea as to what he might expect after he graduates.
“There seems to be a great deal of work that has to be done in a small amount of time,” said Solis. “Even though I am more interested in working in the radio field, I know that both television and radio can get stressful.”
McClatchy said there are many more activities planned for next semester, including a Career Day Preview for RTV majors.
“It will be different than most career days in that we want to hold it in a round-table fashion,” said McClatchy. “Also, this will be the first time the RTV department will have a career day specifically geared for Its students.”
According to McClatchy, membership into TABS is still open to any student for $30 a year. Applications are available from Room 125 of the Dan Rather Communications Building.