Behind the Scenes of Snow TV

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The Snow TV camera view of the Football game vs. the AZ Western Matadors. Photo taken by Adam Allred

The Snow TV camera view of the Football game vs. the AZ Western Matadors. Photo taken by Adam Allred

“And we’re coming to you live from Ephraim, Utah!”


From the studios of Snow TV, events of Snow College come to life as they are captured on film and streamed over television. From Convocations to Athletics and Business Seminars, Snow TV provides quality programming for their viewers. Snow TV has been referred to as the “Gold Standard” of broadcasting programs in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.  This school-wide phenomenon has raised the question “what does happen behind the scenes of Snow TV?

Snow TV wouldn’t be possible without a team of camera operators, broadcasters, editors, and commentators. The students that carry out these positions vary in major and experience, but they all unite to create a quality production.

Snow TV Manager Professor Gary Chidester remarked, “I believe Snow TV is important for the school for the opportunity it gives to freshmen and sophomores to get hands-on experience. Normally at a four-year school these opportunities don’t come around until students are seniors or maybe even graduate students.”

Each person part of Snow TV has many opportunities to be involved. Along with involvement, each has an important responsibility with the position they hold. One essential job is camera operating.  Camera operators capture events through the eye of a lens. What is seen through the lens is all that the audience can see. When asked about the importance of the camera to Snow TV, student Sam Holladay replied: “Camera operating, more like survival of the fittest! The camera is made to capture every second of the action, but if you don’t have it focused and positioned just right, well, let’s just say the audiences aren’t forgiving.”

Along with camera comes the position of commentating. Commentators give play by play narrative to sporting events. Commentating involves a knowledge of the sports structure and requires constant attention to the action. Commentators spend time reviewing team stats and interviewing players.

A new program that Snow TV has been producing this year is the Badger Spotlight. The Badger Spotlight is a program where athletes are interviewed by members of Snow TV. Athletes from Football, Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer have shared their thoughts about the success and goals of their teams.

Many Snow TV events are broadcasted to local channels such as Manti Cable Channel 3, CentraCom Channel 10, and Jacob Bateman, director of Snow TV, has responsibility for arranging Snow TV coverage for events. He also helps arrange for events to be broadcasted to local channels.

Said Bateman, “Snow TV benefits the school by giving Snow College more exposure than any other junior college out there. It brings exposure to the sports programs especially. People interested in Snow College sports can watch and know what Snow College sports are really about. Snow TV hopes to accomplish giving all students who are interested in broadcasting a hands-on experience to jump start their careers and allow them to be successful in their future of broadcasting.”

Snow TV looks forward to the future success of students and of the program. When asked about the goals Snow TV has, Professor Gary Chidester responded, “Long term, Snow TV hopes to continue to improve the quality of our productions, involve more students and increase the number and variety of our productions. The possibilities of programming are virtually limitless and we are only constrained by the imagination and number of people involved to make it happen.”

Snow TV is always looking for people to be involved with their program. For more information, call (801) 636-0199 to find out more.

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