You could be on TV. How? Well, excuse me while I shove some more shameless AS self promotion down your throat. But really, you could be on TV.
See, back in February 2002 Phil Shulyer and David Lohnes, former Western students, started The Western Television Broadcasting Club (WTBC) as an AS club. The club functioned as a student run television production organization, with students writing, producing, acting, filming and editing in all productions. By June 2003, the AS integrated the club into the realm of AS programs, creating KVIK, a broadcasting television organization. The completely student-run KVIK broadcasts news segments, covered sports events and created its own late night show, Western Live –all of which aired locally on EGTV-Channel 10, the city government station. However, EGTV pulled the plug on KVIK’s programming last year, disallowing Western to air student produced segments.
Enter Paul Neiland, the new KVIK coordinator.
Neiland, a sophomore, became involved with KVIK last year as a volunteer. However, last year’s graduating class took more than fifteen KVIK volunteers with it, leaving a sizable hole to fill. Though some volunteers are returning and Neiland is working to get KVIK back on the air, it appears that KVIK has been struck with quite a blow. Still, Neiland, a composed and very quotable computer science major, is not at all fazed by the setbacks. He’s planning on continuing KVIK’s programming, including the sports, news segments and entertainment programming, while working to put KVIK back on the air.
Neiland hopes to use Western’s own television station—channel 16—which currently is only being occupied by a screen of colored bars. Though ATUS and KVIK are working on a WWU commemorative slide show of sorts to display on the channel, Western’s own KVIK programming will hopefully occupy that space as well sometime in the near future.
“Last year was a transitional period for KVIK because we didn’t have a station. I expect to get stuff on the station, once every thing’s been approved, and once I get through all the red tape. And hopefully, by winter quarter we’ll be on the air,” Neiland explains.
Despite Neiland’s initial set backs, he retains a positive outlook on the program and remains goal oriented.
“I want to make KVIK a more prevalent name within Western’s student body, make some good shows, and enjoy myself. And hopefully have volunteers enjoying themselves. And get stuff on the air.” Neiland said. “I wouldn’t say the transition period is the most important aspect of KVIK. Just, that we’re young and trying to grow into something awesome and into something entertaining for students.”
After all, KVIK is a mere four years old, and in those four years has remained true to its mission statement of being a “student operated television production organization that provides the students and staff of Western Washington University from all majors, with the opportunity to broadcast a variety of student and staff produced programming.”
With that said, Neiland looks to the future. His dream KVIK: “We’ll have all production quality equipment, have our own studio--if not more than one, have our own TV station, have autonomy over content, provided that we censor ourselves. It will be a while before any of that happens, but when it does I’ll be smiling, watching from afar.”
Still, Neiland does understand the reality of his situation, “we’re still in an infancy stage and they can pull the plug on us any minute, which kind of scares me, but it also drives me to do the best I can.”
Neiland goes on to stress the importance and autonomy of volunteer involvement. As he is the sole employee of KVIK, student volunteers are needed and encouraged to contribute their writing, camera operating and production skills.
“Volunteers can do shows, can write,” he said. “They can do camera work, produce. Generally Volunteers get to do whatever they want. Whoever is interested should check it out. We have a lot of fun, it’s low stress, no experience is necessary, though experience is good to have, but we do train.”
So you want to be on TV? Or behind the scenes? Well conjure up your internal narcissist and find Paul Neiland. And for those of you watching, Neiland cautions, “Keep an eye out for channel 16 because it wont be color bars for too much longer.”
To get involved with KVIK, Neiland advises to e-mail him at AS.KVIK@wwu.edu or simply drop by the KVIK office in VU 423.