BucTV offers a variety of new and original television programming to students looking for entertainment and university news and information.
BucTV, ETSU’s student-run television station, broadcasts on campus channel 9 and is also available to stream online as a component of the Department of Mass Communication and the Radio/TV/Film program.
BucTV has a long history of educating students who aspire to work in the broadcasting industry.
It provides hands on and real life experience in the television studio located on the ground floor of Warf-Pickel Hall.
The station is host to many different shows featuring ETSU students and faculty members, from cooking shows and student films to sports play-by-play commentaries.
“BucTV News,” for instance, airs live every Friday at 11:30 a.m. providing up to date coverage on all the current events of which people need to be aware, including news, sports, and entertainment stories.
ETSU students serve as on screen anchors as well as essentially the entire behind the scenes crew.
“I really like the fact that BucTV News is a student operation,” said Tammy Hayes, BucTV faculty advisor.
“Students manage the news operation as well as writing, shooting, editing and producing the news. It’s great to see students from the various classes of RTVF, and even Journalism and Theatre, work together to produce a live show for the campus community.”
One of BucTV’s programs with the highest entertainment value, furthermore, is “The Show.”
The latest technology, movies, video games, TV shows, comic books, and pretty much all other topics imaginable are discussed in this classic talk show-style program reminiscent of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night.”
“My favorite part of working on ‘The Show’ is the creative process,” said Dylan Wright, producer and senior Mass Communication major. “I outline the show a week ahead of time, host it, bring in guests/clips, and after we wrap for the week, I edit together the completed show and give it to Program Director and Co-Station Manager, Ryan A. Renfro who adds it to the Wednesday program schedule.”
“The Show,” airs on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
BucTV programmers are also currently working on bringing back “Spotlight ETSU” this semester.
“Spotlight” is another talk show which focuses on highlighting prominent and talented members of the East Tennessee State community.
Faculty, staff and students are brought on and interviewed about various areas in their lives.
Past guests include ETSU President Brian Noland, director of the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Anita DeAngelis, and Ted Olson of the Department of Appalachian Studies.
Viewers of BucTV never know what to expect because new projects are being created daily.
From one hour to the next, the station will go from showing “AS TV: A Day in the Life” (which documents extreme sports and outdoor activities) to “Urf and Mur” starring Kelsey Tweed, whose character has two best friends that are zombies.
Original and student programming is always available on ETSU’s television channel Monday through Thursday at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 12 a.m. to 2 a.m.