TV-10 Reunion alumni

TV-10 celebrated 45 years this year and invited alumni back to the University for a reunion. The day kicked off with an open house and live studio broadcast in Fell Hall, followed by a showing at the Normal theater, and then finishing the day with the reunion program dinner. At the open house, TV-10 News Director Laura Trendle-Polus speaks with TV-10 alumni as well as current TV-10 students.

The TV-10 45 anniversary occurred over the weekend at Illinois State University. To start things off, TV-10 hosted an open house where students and staff met with distinguished alumni from all backgrounds.

The open house started at 10 a.m. in the basement of Fell Hall and was free to all. A donut bar, bagels and other baked goods were lined up on tables alongside fruit and coffee. The event ran until 1 p.m.

Around 11:00 a.m., alumni started pouring into the basement level of Fell Hall. Large pockets of faculty greeted the alumni as they arrived. 

ISU Interactive Media major and Creative Services Manager for TV-10 Scott Beyer attended the open house to help TV-10 with guests and technical issues.

“It’s a fun event as well as a career builder,” Beyer said. “Having students come here and meet all these alumni is a really good opportunity for them to network and to hear what TV-10 was like back in the day. It also helps you socialize and get out of your comfort zone.”

“There are a lot of new faces here today,” he said. “I know I’ve met maybe two or three of them in the past, and it’s kind of cool to see them come back and give us a refresher on what they’ve been up to. It’s nice to catch up once in a while.”

“Compared to earlier, it’s a like a dam burst; a huge wave of people came in after the first hour and it’s great to see how lively the alumni make this place feel.”

One of the alumni attending the open house was Resource Development Director for Milestone Inc. Arles Hendershott. Hendershott graduated from ISU in 1979 and earned her Bachelor of Science with high honors with a major in communications. During her time at ISU, she worked for TV-10 as a reporter, anchor and producer. 

She has noticed a major difference in the way technology and media convergence has affected the medium of journalism in contemporary times.

“[Convergence] makes the job different,” Hendershott said. 

“We were effective with the technology that was available during our time. We had a lot of different complications to overcome. We didn’t have to worry about digital dropout or if there was broadband available. We were more worried about the tape getting jammed.”

Hendershott also noted that the weatherperson originally used a metal map with magnetics to tell the weather.

“With the metal map, there were times when the temperatures would just fall off,” Hendershott said.

“With the plexiglass, you had to worry about the glare with the lighting, but with both, you could turn and actually see what you were talking about. Now the weather uses chromakey, meaning you’re just looking at a green screen.”

Hendershott said that doing weather at TV-10 helped prepare her for being comfortable on air.

“When I was doing weather, and they always started on-air talent with weather because the philosophy was, ‘if you can stand there and do weather for three minutes, you can handle anything.’ It taught you poise, it taught you confidence.”

She went on to say that discipline was one of the strongest skills she learned during her time at TV-10 that she was able to apply outside of college.

“TV-10 taught me discipline. They polished my writing skills and taught me that deadlines cannot be broken,” she said.

Hendershott had one major piece of advice for young people looking to pursue a career in broadcasting.

“Don’t give up,” she said. “It’s a tough business, but it’s fun and it’s very rewarding.”

MIKE SMITH is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Agora_180

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