National Student Media Awards and Changes

Awards Well CBI awards will be announced one week from today in Austin, Texas at the annual National Student Media Conference. KBVR will be sending a deligation to Austin to take part. Unfortunatly I will not be headed south this year, but am sending co creator Allie Strauss. We hope to have a post up here as soon as the results are announced! The award’s ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct 30th at 3:30pm. The Beaver Sports show is a finalist in two categories. The first being “Best Sportscast” and the second, “Best News Reporting.” The reporting story is for the package I put together on the OSU Gymnastics team’s annual “Pink Out” last fall.

In the next few weeks this blog will begin to make a change… I have moved on from KBVR and the BSS to take a job as the morning news producer at KTVZ in Bend, OR. I have not decided what I am going to do with the blog, but will hopefully think of something in the next few days! Don’t forget to check back here next week to find if the BSS has brought the top prize!


More Recognition For the BSS!

Awards As the new term gears up for many Oregon State students the Beaver Sports Show is wrapping up the TV awards season. In August the College Broadcasters Inc. announced the annual National Student Media Production finalists which the BSS was among two categories. As we patiently wait for Oct. 30th when the winners will be announced we have found out the show won three state awards at the annual Oregon Association of Broadcasters convention in Bend, OR.  The sports show was recognized in the categories of “Best Photography,” “Best Single Sports Story,” and “Best Single News Story,” congratulations to all the members of the team who put in the hours to make the show what it is and the many successes that have come from their work!

2009 CBI Awards: Finalists Announced!

Here is the KBVR Press Release!TheCAST


OSU student TV receives national recognition

for second year in a row.

(Corvallis, OR) For the second time in two years, Oregon State University’s student television station, KBVR is receiving national recognition. The Beaver Sports Show! is a finalist in two categories for the 2009 College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards.

The show, which began production in the fall of 2007, is a finalist in the Best Sportscast category and producer John Hendricks is a finalist for Best News Reporting. “It’s good to see that all the hours that have gone into the show by this team of people is getting recognized on a national level,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks and his team have put together 26 weekly episodes that encompassed nearly every sport at Oregon State. In the last few weeks of spring production the team produced KBVR’s first ever “webisode,” which aired strictly online. “We have taken the skills we’ve learned in the classroom as new media students and have really applied them to the real world,” said Hendricks.

According to the station’s faculty adviser, Ann Robinson, “The competition for this award includes schools with huge broadcasting departments that are producing shows as part of their daily class work. KBVR productions are driven entirely by student volunteers working together in an informal workshop setting. The recognition is a real tribute to Hendricks and his dedicated student crew.”

This year’s sports show entry has a changed format, a new show logo, and new graphics. “The show has come a long way,” Co-Host Allie Strauss said. “Improvements have been made where they’ve needed to be, so it is a great feeling to see that those changes have been appreciated,” said Strauss.

Strauss has been with the show since it was created, and with Hendricks has been a key player in its development.”It was a team effort,” Strauss said, “where everyone put their broadcasting and creative efforts to good use.”

The 2009 National Student Production award winners will be announced at the Annual Student Media Convention on October 31st in Austin, Texas. CBI has over 350 member stations in the United States and 1 in SE Asia.  CBI has members in all the states except Alaska.

The Beaver Sports Show #26

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Looking Back as I Move Forward

BillPlante I remember a quote from an interview that I did for a story “the amount of luck you have depends on how hard you work, the harder you work, the more luck you’ll have.” I can’t remember who exactly said that but it has stuck with me ever since I heard it. I have been blessed with a lot of good things over the past year, being a national finalist in the CBI competition, getting to go to Vegas and intern at the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention, standing on the sidelines as the Oregon State football team defeated USC for the second time in three years, watching Tasha Smith score a perfect 10 on the floor exercise in gymnastics. As I think about all the great things that have come my way, I have to stop and think, where will I go next? As I wonder what the future might hold I have to thank all the people that have helped me to get where I am now. The one person that deserves the most praise is a teacher that I never had a class from in high school, but who encourage me to start doing stuff in video productions. Jason Ritter got the ball rolling and pushed me learn how to edit video and how to be innovative with video productions, without that push towards video production I honestly don’t know where I would be today. It is so cool and amazing to think how just one person in your life at the right time can inspire you and help shape your future… Ritter! if your reading this… THANK YOU! I know I am just getting started with my career in television… 6 years going strong! but have some advice of my own… Take your life and run with it! It’s yours, and you are the only one that can make it the way you want, people may influence you from time to time, be sure to stop and ponder what way their ideas might take you! You never know where an idea might lead you! (That’s Bill Plante, Jennifer Waletich and I, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in the picture)!!

Going out with a Bang!

IMG_9_64 The final episode of the Beaver Sports Show that I will both produce, and host is on it’s way, and will go out with a bang! This week on the show we will sit down with former OSU Gymnast Jami Lanz and talk with her about the season and what she has planned for her future. Also we will head to the Willamette River and check in with the Men’s and Women’s crew teams as they prepare for Nationals in the coming weeks. Sports show reporter Hayley Watson will highlight OSU Rower David Weir who balances his time between school, rowing, and being a firefighter. Those stories and so much more are set to air this Tuesday night @ 7:30 on Ch. 26 in Corvallis, you can also catch the show streaming live at the same time on

Celebrating #25

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