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D3TV is DePauw’s student-run TV station. On air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, D3TV plays programming made by students for class and for fun.
D3TV is broadcast live on Channel 3 on DePauw’s cable service, a Greencastle public access channel. The station is located on the south end of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media on Locust Street.
The studio has a control room, multiple editing bays and two studios. Sony Vegas 10 is the most-used editing program, but one computer does host Final Cut Pro. Since August 2012, D3TV has acquired Tricaster Studio, which gives them the ability to go live anywhere on campus. The Tricaster allows D3TV students to broadcast live sports events and other campus productions, including plays and keynote speakers. Thanks to many great donors and DePauw student government, the new Tricaster has allowed D3TV to make history this past year bringing live TV to events that previously had not been broadcast.
D3TV has a faculty advisor, Sheryl Tremblay, and a director of TV, Larry Abed. The 15-person Board of Directors is lead by General Manager, Abby Dickey. The Board is paid, but all of them started out as volunteers.
D3TV could not run without all the student volunteers that come to shows and meetings. There are many departments within D3TV that people can join, including editing, marketing, news, and sports. With the Tricaster, D3TV does live sports games almost every week. From baseball to field hockey to basketball to football, almost every home game is covered. Recently, D3TV filmed the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Sweet 16 and Elite 8. These events are not only live on Channel 3, but online as well. Using Stretch Internet provider, the games are accessible to anyone with a computer and an internet connection. This ability has allowed D3TV to become known not just on campus, but outside of Greencastle as well.
Student-produced shows are D3TV’s most watched programming, like The Source. The Source is a weekly 30-minute news show every Wednesday that goes out to DePauw and Greencastle. It is one of D3TV’s longest running shows that always gathers the most volunteers. Anchors and reporters make packages and learn how to edit through the process. Students learn how to act on camera and how to read a teleprompter. Another show, Tiger Sports Nation, is DePauw’s sports show. Two anchors talk about current sports at DePauw and touch on national sports news as well. Specialty shows have been done in the past, like Taste of DePauw, a reality cooking show, and The Bachelor, which was modeled off of ABC’s hit show.
All students are welcome to come in and create their own show. With D3TV’s help, they can put together a cast and crew, learn the equipment, and edit it to be played on TV. D3TV is very proud of the learning experience that is perpetuated through every Board member and volunteer. Students come to learn and experiment with production because it is a great learning environment.
If you are interested in volunteering, email Abby Dickey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Caleb Haydock (email@example.com) to get involved. They can help point you in the right direction and let your learning experience begin. — Kaitlin Klose