Starting on December 21, students at AHS will notice a difference in their morning announcements; classes will be tuning to a morning news broadcast once a week in place of the usual loudspeaker reports.

filming news program
Pictured is Ryan Platts, anchor for the news program

Mr. Brennan, the T.V. Production and I.T. teacher, has been considering instigating a morning news broadcast to replace the traditional morning announcements since he started working here three years ago. However, he hasn’t been able to do so because of distribution problems.

“It’s not the lack of equipment,” said Brennan, “but how to get it to every classroom.” He went on to say, “I’ve been toying around with the idea in the back of my mind for a long time.”

Principal Conrad made it a possibility, seeing it as a way to give the school a more interactive experience with the daily school events. When describing his vision for the program, Conrad said, “I hope that it would have a positive impact on all of us and it could be re-run online, in the cafe, or in the main lobby so that people could see it a second time if they missed something the first time.”

In addition to benefitting the students on the receiving end of the broadcast, Principal Conrad said, “It would give our TV production students a real world experience producing a daily show.”

Mr. Brennan’s plan of incorporating many different segments for the news broadcast, such as the man on the street and having students saying the pledge in an attempt to get students behind it.

Conrad expects the broadcast to exceed our current announcements and he said, “I think that it could be more engaging; it could have pictures, video clips, maps, and national news mixed in.”

Students also have high hopes and expectations  for this project. Brendan Mokler, an AHS senior, said, “I’d really like to see skits and guests for some good laughs and entertainment for the school.”

Mr. Brennan also sees the broadcast as a potential way to improve communication in the school. “It’ll be a way to connect the students and faculty,” said Mr. Brennan. “It will help with answering the basic questions and information.”

However, this project is going to take a lot of effort from all those involved. “I think it could be a good idea,” said Mokler, “as long as we get people to really work hard on it and market it well.”

Whether or not the segment is received well may determine the future of the project, and influence the regularity of the news program.

By Shawn Wood