Educator Highlight: The 2013 Station of the Year Goes to the Rams of Rockford
By: Jason Springer, TV Studio Technician/RCTV Station Manager, Rockford High School

All the preparation, time after school, giving up Saturdays, and leaving other classes all pays off for the Beyond the Rock class. Beyond the Rock has won the Station of the Year Award 6 times in the last 11 years, missing this years title by only 3 points.

Rockford High School has a large broadcasting program that has a sizable waiting list to even get in to the beginning level class. The program is taught by teacher Kris DeYoung and technician Jason Springer.

Our students use the Student Broadcast Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation to gauge their work against other students in similar programs. They start preparing soon after we get back from the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference, and end the morning of the deadline.

Photo cutline: (l-r) Rockford High School instructor Kris DeYoung with student award winner and MABF Student Advisory Committee member Madie Waldvogel and Jason Springer, Rockford High School TV Studio Technician and RCTV Station Manager.

Every year we select a standout student to run our program, our Executive Producer. During “MAB” time, they are in charge of organizing all entries, and assisting on all groups that need help. This year was an easy choice with Madison Waldvogel, who will be pursuing a career in broadcasting through Bowling State University.

During this yearʼs contest time, our executive producer from a few years back called our current EP and wished her luck during this trying time. Our executive producerʼs goal this year was to enter every category on the list, a goal she accomplished. Along with her the team, the students entered more than 50 videos, all to the best of their ability.

The MAB awards meant a lot to all the students, but all in their own unique way.

“If itʼs a competition, Iʼm going to give it my best effort” says Riley OʼKeefe, future sports broadcasting major at University of Missouri.
“It gives a real world experience to the class, and to get my work judged by professionals is great opportunity,” remarks Associate Producer John Flickinger.

“MABʼs recognize all the hard work behind the scenes, some of the stuff not everyone else notices. People who get what it means to forget a tripod or have batteries die or have the person to be interviewed never call back. Itʼs an event to celebrate with people who understand what really goes into what looks like a simple story on screen,” comments junior Tori Sobkowiak.

Madie Waldvogel continues, “to go and celebrate our accomplishments and hard work as well as meet industry professionals is an experience never to forget.”

Thank you MAB Foundation for giving students throughout Michigan this opportunity- it is unique, professional, and one that continues to have a long standing impact for many students across the state.

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (Archive on Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
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