Comcast cable subscribers will have to change the channel to find the latest news from Emory & Henry College. The cable provider has moved the community access channel where the 30-minute EHC-TV news and re-broadcasts of E&H sporting events from channel 2 to channel 95 (also simulcast on channel 70).
The new channel number is not the only change being made; Comcast has expanded the area where the programs can be seen to include Smyth County, Va. Residents in the city of Bristol, Va. and Washington County, Va. have already been receiving the Wednesday and Thursday night programs starting at 7:00 p.m.
Programming is produced by the E&H Department of Mass Communications under the leadership of Dr. Teresa Keller, department chair and station manager of EHC-TV. The broadcasts are currently produced by 11 students who volunteer their time and receive no class credit for their work.
Comcast Cable partnered with Emory & Henry in the fall of 2005 to wire the television set with fiber optic cable to make the studio more functional for feeding signals directly to the designated Comcast channel.
“We have a great partnership and opportunity with Comcast,” Dr. Keller commented. “We have seen a huge difference from the time we started with Comcast in the success of our graduates getting jobs in the television field.”
Graduates who have worked at EHC-TV and moved on to jobs in the professional electronic media field include Sunni Blevins (reporter/anchor for NBC-12 in Richmond, Va.), Hillary Crowder (reporter WVNS-TV in Beckley, W. Va.), Jessica Long (producer for NBC-12 in Richmond, Va.) and Dove Davis (Washington, D.C. in-house production company for National Geographic).
EHC-TV news broadcasts typically include news and sports, a weekly interview, the community calendar and the popular opinion piece “The Rant.” This falls broadcasts have already included interviews with College President Dr. Rosalind Reichard and Head Football Coach Don Montgomery.
The news broadcasts are followed each week by a re-broadcast of an Emory & Henry sporting event from earlier in the week. Coverage of Wasp football and men’s and women’s basketball have all become widely popular.
“Students have learned what a major undertaking it is behind the camera,” Dr. Keller noted. “They have realized it takes seven or eight vital roles behind the scenes to make it all work.”
EHC-TV programming can be seen on Comcast channels 95 and 70 every Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. starting with the week’s news and followed by the re-broadcasts of the previous week’s sporting event.