by Kelly Lee
With much anticipation from its viewers, Chadwick Broadcast Service’s first show went on air on Thursday, Nov. 11, entering more than 100 homes of Chadwick students.
CBS is the broadcasting network for Chadwick School. CBS airs monthly shows titled “The Blow-Hole,” which features news segments, both local and global, as well as funny segments like “Chad-Pads.”
The first show covered the homecoming football game, along with its many homecoming events and festivities.
Along with the homecoming fun, CBS aired an exclusive interview with English teacher Chad Detloff about his recent trips to Thailand and Cambodia. Detloff was accompanied by Chadwick students.
The show also proudly presented a segment called “Chad-Pads.” This part of the show is similar to MTV Cribs. The CBS cameraman visits the house of a Chadwick student, and gets a glimpse into the home lives of the “typical Chadwick teen.”
The student introduces the cameraman to all of the aspects of his house. At times there is even an entourage accompaning the designated student. The first “Chad-Pads” featured senior Benjamin Krauss’s house.
“The first show was a good trial and error for the club,” said senior co-club leader and producer Breanna Madrazo. “For one thing, our website wasn’t as good as it could have been, and there were comments made that weren’t appropriate and weren’t monitored.
“However, it was definitely not bad at all for our first show,” she continued. “It gave us a good outlook on what we can improve in the future.”
Club leaders senior James Calhoun and Madrazo started designing the structure of the club over the summer, planning the leadership responsibilities that were necessary for such a production.
“I have always kind of had the idea [of creating this club], ever since sophomore year, and that’s when I first started the project,” said Calhoun.
“I had some software to test it out, but it didn’t really pick up. Now that I have better, more high quality equipment, it is a lot easier to produce the shows,” he added.
Calhoun is the club leader and director. With this job description, Calhoun must direct most of his attention to the more technical part of the show, such as filming and video editing.
Calhoun’s interest in filming, and his immense skills in the field of filming, became well known to the school last year. Calhoun debuted his first self-produced movie, Prominence, to the Chadwick students during the spring of his junior year.
“I have always been into film and television. When I went to New Zealand for a student ambassador program called ‘People to People,’ we did a mock live television show. I was the director for that, so I got to learn a lot of firsthand experience on running a live show,” said Calhoun.
Madrazo shares the same passion as Calhoun. Madrazo’s first objective when starting the club was to have a source of media that was neither The Dolphin yearbook nor The Mainsheet.
Junior Ally Melideo, one of the main anchors of the club, also joined the club to achieve her goal.
“I joined the club because being a news anchor is one of my future dream jobs, so I wanted to see what it was like,” said Melideo, “I also wanted to get involved with what’s going on around school.”
Calhoun says that his most personal goal is to leave something behind for the Chadwick community.
“I want it to continue onward even after I am gone. That’s my biggest goal, my master plan,” said Calhoun.
He has been making many changes and receiving as much feedback from the community as possible in hopes that the shows can run as efficiently as possible.
Although Calhoun feels the first show was a success, he remains worried for the future of his club.
“I personally thought it was amazing that we got the first show to go on air, but I was a little disappointed that [the process] didn’t involve everyone,” said Calhoun.
Calhoun felt that he ended up with the majority of the work in the end, which is what he hopes to prevent in the future. His plan is to teach the juniors many of his skills and let the them run the next couple shows, so that they can produce shows free of his help.
To inform its viewers on CBS’s newest changes, Calhoun and Madrazo created a Facebook page. This will allow everyone to keep up with CBS’s newest improvements.
CBS encourages students to use the show to get their message out to the community.
Various clubs now have the opportunity to publicize their fundraisers or other events through commercials free of charge.
When sophomore Isabella Gradney, the head writer, was asked to sum up her vision for the club, she said, “I really want this show to move forward. We have a ton of potential, and I think our talents will shine through in the future.”
For more information on CBS broadcasts, visit wickcast.com.