“There's a news show that's produced twice a week and then there are a bunch of other shows,” he continues. “We cover all our on-campus sports and it's streamed live on the ictv.org website. And our local Charter Communications cable system has given us the public access education channel,” which has about 26,000 local area subscribers. Ithaca College also has two radio stations, he adds, WICB 91.7 FM and online-only VIC. “We also send and take feeds to and from them regularly.”
Martin reports that students are immersed in the broadcast world from their first day at the Park School, which offers courses in broadcast, visual media, emerging media, journalism and other disciplines. “Those are the main users of this equipment. We also have different majors in communications, like advertising and public relations,” he says. “As a first-year student you could be operating a camera, operating a switcher or producing a show as part of our ICTV co-curricular,” a program that provides students with paid work experience producing content with outside media organizations and other entities.
“Our students put those System Ts to very good use,” he continues. “They really enjoy the ease of navigating through the menus and different screens to get set up. My engineering team enjoys the ease of routing stuff from one place to the other and how much flexibility it gives us, sending stuff where we need it to go and receiving stuff from where we need to receive it.”