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April 4, 2013

College students to produce TV program focused on community


Two State University College at Oneonta mass communications students are producing a new monthly television program that highlights events in the Otsego and Delaware county region.

“Community Spotlight” will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable Channel 23. It is also accessible online at or via Facebook (

Seniors Kara Olney and Will Racaniello are producing the program as an independent study course. According to a media release, the duo handles every aspect of the production, including coming up with topics, conducting interviews and filming in the field, editing video, writing a script and hosting the show.   

“Developing ‘Community Spotlight’ from an idea to a complete production has allowed my students to apply all of the skills they have learned here at SUNY Oneonta,” Jared Stanley, the college’s TV/video producer and the adviser to WIRE-TV, the student-run TV station on campus, said in the release. “From producing and interviewing to editing and graphic creation, they will have a demo reel piece that they can use when applying for jobs in the industry.”   

With the nearest television news affiliates in Utica and Binghamton, Olney said “Community Spotlight” helps to fill a gap. 

“Unless something major happens, this area doesn’t receive the news coverage that it necessarily deserves,” she said.

The show also brings a little piece of the community onto campus, making students more aware of events and organizations they might want to participate in.   

“It’s a really good way to kind of integrate the campus and community,” said Olney.

Racaniello said producing a 30-minute show from start to finish is challenging, but it’s one of the most valuable and engaging academic endeavors he’s undertaken.

“I don’t see this as work,” he said. “This is fun.”

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