Hoover High's video production students finally got a chance to see their new TV set when it was unveiled during an open house Friday.
The set, donated to them by News Channel 5 in Cleveland, costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Tom Wilson, the school's video production teacher, who also assembled the set himself. The monitors were a donation from Best Buy, which agreed to be Channel 11's corporate sponsor for the next two years.
North Canton Patch talked to Wilson in 2012 about the gift from News Channel 5 and what it means to Hoover High School. You can find that story here.
And now, with the set assembled inside Hoover High, there's no denying just how professional — and cool — it is.
"It makes me want to go back to school," Wilson said with a smile.
The set will be used when Channel 11 produces the following shows this year:
- "In the Spotlight" with host Sally Smith
- "Viking Visionaries" with host Katy Campanaro
- "Overtime" with host Ben Thomas
- "Main St. Exchange" with host Doug Lane from the North Canton Area Chamber of Commerce
- HVTV News (four days a week)
The students put together a news broadcast during the open house Friday. You can find that here.
Make sure to check out the accompanying videos and photos to see a panoramic shot (provided by Wilson) and hear what two Hoover High students think of the new set.