Looking back: Studio One celebrates 25 years

The 2012-13 school year marked a milestone 25 years on the air for UND’s own “Studio One.”

Studio One was developed in 1986 by student Tom Buering. Buering wanted greater experience with producing and anchoring a news and information program. Together Buering, and Barry Brode, the current UND Television Center director, faculty and a group of students came together to produce the first telecast of “Studio One” on February 5, 1987.

Since it’s inaugural season, “Studio One” has helped provide an inside look at the TV industry for nearly 800 students. The program is not just for those interested in a broadcast journalism major. Studio One has had interns from almost every major, from business, management, advertising, the list goes on. “Studio One” provides interns with the fundamentals of communications and helps them learn how to tell a story effectively.

“It’s fun when interns get jobs and let us know that they were able to use their experience from ‘Studio One,’” the show’s Marketing Director Suzanne Irwin said.

“Studio One” is comprised of a six department, student team that runs the news, programming, weather, show production, graphics and marketing for the show. As a part of “Studio One,” the interns do it all. The graphic design portion of the team builds an image around the segment in order to help tell the story. The marketing department promotes the show and the internship position. In programming, interns are in charge of shooting and editing video as well as creating the segment story. As part of production, interns bring everything from each department together.

“I’m excited to see marketing students create an idea in the beginning, make it happen and have it pay off,” said Irwin.

The show is live, a telecast produced by student interns at the University of North Dakota Television Center in the Skalicky Tech Incubator. Each segment is one hour long where students produce news, weather, sports and entertainment pieces for viewers. The show’s format follows that of a morning show, like “Good Morning America” or “The Today Show.” While it is filmed in Grand Forks, “Studio One” is geared to appeal to people all over the nation.

Since forming in the late 1980’s, “Studio One” has received over 650 awards for their work. In the 2012-2013 school year alone, they received 12 regional awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. and 31 North Dakota Professional Communicators awards, bringing the total to 43. “Studio One” walked away from the conference with third place overall for Best All-Around television newscast as well as many other awards over the year. Ali Strand received first place on a national level in the television field reporting category for the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award, the first for UND since 1995.

In the fall of 2012, “Studio One” in cooperation with the UND Spirit Campaign, was able to award their first scholarship to Brian Gendreau.

“Studio One” broadcasts on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 at 5 p.m., on Thursdays during the school year. If you happen to miss the live broadcast, it re-broadcasts daily at 7 a.m., 12 p.m., 7 p.m., 11 p.m., and 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Similarly, Prairie Public Television also airs Studio One segments at 6 a.m., on Saturdays. Previously aired episodes can also be found online on the Studio One website. The program broadcasts in North Dakota, the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo., in addition to Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba.

For those interested, “Studio One” provides free tickets to live shows and offers a tour of the UND Television Center nightly just prior to broadcast. Live broadcast tickets can be reserved online during school year. For more information about “Studio One” or to reserve a ticket, visit www.studio1.und.edu.