The University of Texas-Pan American's Bronc Radio and TV (BRTV) garnered a little help in preparing future communicators.
Bronc Radio and TV, the student-run radio and television programs at UT Pan American, received more than $65,000 from the University's Office of Student Services to purchase new equipment. Fred Mann, Bronc Radio's adviser, and Nick Taylor, Bronc TV's adviser, submitted the student service fees funding request and said their respective programs have long needed new supplies so that they can better train their students for working for news and other communications organizations.
"Working with professional equipment makes it a lot easier to get professional jobs," Mann said.
Some of the purchases made include microphones, a more advanced automation and a tricaster. An automation is a device that will allow radio personalities to potentially stream their shows live 24/7. A tricaster is known as a "control room in a box," one of its many features will enable Bronc TV to air multi-camera events and stream them directly to the Internet.
Calling it a "fresh start" and "a whole new era," Taylor said this opportunity will serve the BRTV community well as they prosper and contribute their talents to bring out the best in their school and the new University to come - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
"We really take in part of our mission to show what a great place this is," Taylor said. "It isn't just for BRTV ... it is to showcase what's out there and how great UTPA is and bring it out to the web. ... They will utilize their artistry and storytelling skills to produce projects of more quality."
BRTV began in 2006 and has evolved tremendously. For the last five years, BRTV have been finalists in several categories such as top public service announcement, newscast and news reporting. Although these awards are gratifying moments for the team, Mann and Taylor said they are most proud of seeing their students get jobs in the industry.
"Many students have gone on to work at local radio and TV stations," Mann said.
Ivan "Pepper" Herrera, communications student and Bronc Radio station manager, said he believes that this upgrade will allow the organization to be more "hands on" with hard news.
Herrera said he believes it will allow him and his peers to grow into knowledgeable journalists.
"We will be able to broadcast 24/7, which we haven't done so that's going to be ground breaking for us," he said.
BRTV has had many success stories. UTPA and BRTV alumni Alex Pena was hired by ESPN in Connecticut, and Raquel Gonzalez took a job with CBS Radio at its network affiliate in Dallas.
"We definitely want to thank the University," Herrera said. "This is something we have worked really hard for. We just want to put the best face out there for the University."