Albany Student Broadcasting is a group of Albany High School students who produce live, multi-camera broadcasts of high school and community events. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of live broadcasting to students considering media-related careers, and to provide content for the Albany Channel, KALB Comcast 33. The group is co-managed by the high school and the City of Albany.
New Broadcasting Course Approved
We are happy to announce that our new live broadcasting class has been approved. It is one of the only high school courses in the country to produce live remote broadcasts with a complete crew including on-air talent and a full array of technical and engineering positions.
All of our shows are produced "live to tape." This means that we cover events live, as if our broadcast is being viewed simultaneously by a home audience, even though we are recording it for a future air date. We do this for two reasons: 1) Live broadcasts are fun, fast-paced and require a ton of coordination and team work. 2) Recording events live allows us to "edit on the fly," instead of dragging a bunch of tapes back into the studio and editing them after the event is already over.
The following jobs will be available for our crew:
- Sports PxP announcers
- Sports Color commentators
- Host/hostess for live community events
- Sideline reporters
- Engineer in Charge
- Camera operators
- Technical Director
- A1 audio engineer
- A2 audio engineer
- Tape playback operator
- CG and promos
- Bug operator
- Marketing director
- Stage manager
Broadcast Journalism is a hands-on, project-based course where students produce
live-to-tape, multi-camera television shows for cable and Internet broadcast. The
course combines in-front-of-the-camera journalism activities with technical television
production skills to produce programs covering Albany High School sports, academic
and performing arts events as well as City of Albany community events. Programming
airs on the Albany public access channel (Comcast channel KALB -33) and on the
streaming site: www.albanystudentbradcasting.com.
This class will meet once a week after regular school hours – corresponding with
events that will be covered. Students will be part of broadcast teams with complete
responsibility for program production. Student teams will rotate weekly between
producing actual broadcasts and classroom work focused on the various skills required
behind and in front of the camera necessary to make television shows. Students can
expect to learn technical skills including high-definition camera operation, audio
engineering, program direction, stage management and video editing. At the same
time, students are responsible for event research, scripting, play-by-play and color
commentary, expert interviews and program promotion.
The course is limited to 30 students and is open to students in grade 9-12 with teacher
recommendation. Teachers are Jeff Castle (email@example.com) and Ned Purdom
The course is UC-CSU approved.
We shoot "live to tape." Most of our programs air on the Albany Channel, KALB Comcast 33, a few days following the shoot.
Some of our recordings are available on the City of Albany website. Our TV broadcasts are only available to Comcast subscribers within the City of Albany. Of course, if you're reading this, you know that all of our broadcasts are available online at albanystudentbroadcasting.com
Fall > volleyball
Winter > boys/girls basketball
Spring > baseball
A variety of theater and music events.
Our equipment is acquired through a combination of purchases and donations. The majority of our funding comes from the Contra Costa County ROP, Albany High School and the City of Albany (via Comcast PEG monies). Clear-Com Intercom Systems of Alameda has been continuously generous with personal guidance and support. Beginning with the 2011-12 schoolyear, local businesses and families will have the opportunity to underwrite many of our productions.
It depends. We only cover events that are suitable for broadcast on the Albany Channel, KALB Comcast 33. Also, we only cover events that require live multi-camera broadcasts. Our footage is not edited, except in extreme cases. In other words, what we capture during the live broadcast is what ultimately airs on TV. We do not cover small, personal affairs such as birthday parties, bar mitzvahs or quinceaneras. We don't cover events over 4 hours in length. If you think your event qualifies, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and describe your project. Our recommended donation for custom requests is $300-$500.
Send an email to email@example.com and tell us who you are. Any Albany High School student can apply.