UNT student TV station to showcase new fall semester programs during first “Premiere Night”

Friday, October 15, 2010

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- When University of North Texas junior James Brooks decided to produce a show for the university's student-run television station, ntTV, he imagined a scripted series that would showcase the talents of his friend Haley Peoples, a self-taught cook who has traveled to more than 43 nations and has mastered the cooking of international cuisine.

The result is "Haley's Foodie Call," in which Peoples dons a chef's hat and goes to the home of a family or individual who needs his culinary services. Using what is already available in the home's refrigerator and pantries, Peoples shows the person or family who received his "Foodie Call" how to make an extraordinary, three-course meal from the ingredients -- without a grocery store run.

"Haley's Foodie Call" will be one of six UNT student-produced programs that will be previewed during ntTV's first "Premiere Night!" Oct. 25 (Monday).

The free event, which is being co-sponsored by the University Program Council, begins at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum on the third floor of UNT's University Union, which is located one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets (1155 Union Circle). Those who attend will walk an Oscar-red carpet into the Lyceum, where a formally attired master of ceremonies will greet them and introduce clips of the programs. Attendees may enter raffles for prizes and snack on free food during the evening as they watch the previews. The UNT Glee Club will also perform.

Trey Friedrichs, the content and marketing director for ntTV, describes "Premiere Night," which the station's staff plans to hold every fall and spring semester, as "a showcase for students' creativity."

"We want all UNT students to know that ntTV is out there, and you don't have to be a radio, television and film major to be a part of it. Anyone can volunteer to produce or be involved in an original show," said Friedrichs, a senior radio, television and film major. "We also think that ntTV has been stagnant, and we want to raise our profile a bit and be the bridge between UNT and the Denton community, which has 170,000 cable subscribers who receive ntTV."

All six shows that will be previewed during Premiere Night -- three new for the fall 2010 semester, and three returning from the 2009-10 fall and spring semesters -- will air their first episode or return with new episodes the week of Oct. 25. In addition to "Haley's Foodie Call," the other new programs are:

• "A Change in Degree" -- A half-hour sitcom that will air over three weeks, "A Change in Degree" follows four high school friends through their freshman year at an unnamed college." Student producer Chase Huddleston, a senior radio, television and film major from McKinney, says the show is somewhat similar to the NBC sitcom "Community," which follows friends at a community college.

• "UNT Cribs" -- A show that goes inside the spaces that UNT students call home -- apartments and rooms in residence halls -- with the students discussing how they decorated their spaces and showing viewers how they live in the spaces.

The returning programs are:

• "Ardillando" -- A news/feature magazine show produced entirely in Spanish. "Ardillando" was nominated for a 2009 Lone Star EMMY for Best Student Production. The Lone Star EMMY chapter, based in Dallas and serving all 19 of Texas' television markets, is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and recognizes high levels of professional achievement through its EMMY awards program. Best Student Production is the only category to recognize work from university and college television stations.

• "The Political Gang" -- A talk show with a group of panelists, including UNT faculty members and representatives from political organizations, discussing the latest political news. The show also features exclusive interviews and in-depth political reports.

• "Taboo Topics" -- A forum for discussion about complicated religion and politics issues, rather than argument or debate. "Taboo Topics" presents the issues in an unbiased manner through interviews with experienced leaders in their respected fields. The show is nominated for a 2010 Lone Star EMMY for an episode that presented musical groups and performers from different religions, including a Jewish cantor, a Christian rock band and a Muslim ensemble.

In addition to these programs, ntTV is continuing its Monday-Thursday evening newscasts this semester, and will have "Lone Star Decision 2010" next month for election coverage.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2 (Tuesday), ntTV will air live from UNT's University Union. A political science and an economics faculty member will serve as the evening's commentators, and student reporters will give live audio remotes from Democratic and Republican watch parties in Denton and at the Denton County Elections Administration. In addition, a student reporter will cover voter comments and feedback on social media websites, and another reporter will offer five-minute election updates in Spanish every hour.

The 2008 version of "Lone Star Decision 2010" for the presidential election, called "Eagle Election Night 2008," won the 2009 Lone Star EMMY for Best Student Production.

For more information on ntTV "Premiere Night," call Friedrichs at 940-565-2041.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108