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UC Berkeley scholars can be interviewed via campus's radio, broadcast studios
05 November 2002

By Gretchen Kell, Media Relations

To assist the broadcast media in better accessing University of California, Berkeley, scholars for interviews, the campus offers state-of-the-art radio and television broadcast studios that connect to the outside world.

Among the offerings are ISDN lines for top quality radio interviews and TV studios operated by skilled campus engineers. Below are descriptions of what's available, along with contact names and phone numbers.

UC Berkeley Educational Technology Services

Educational Technology Services, formerly known as Media Services, operates in Dwinelle Hall a fully equipped television studio with a direct fiber connection to the Pacific Bell hub in San Francisco. Through the hub, connections can be made to Vyvx or any satellite service provider worldwide. The main studio has three cameras and a choice of backgrounds - including neutral and campus scenes - to suit clients' needs. Additionally, video tape feeds to the Pac Bell hub can be sent from one of the betacam SP or DV cam video tape recorders in the master control room.

The unit also operates an ISDN line with a Telos Zephir codec, a standard in the radio broadcast industry for both audio interviews and audiotape feeds. Professors use the Dwinelle studio for both live and recorded-to-edit interviews.

Rather than asking a UC Berkeley scholar to drive to San Francisco, for example, for a live or taped interview, the professor can remain on campus for the interview without much interruption of his or her work day.

Educational Technology Services contacts carry cell phones that allow them to take calls from media outlets throughout the day and respond quickly to producers' and technicians' requests. The staff can include a chief engineer, up to three camera operators and a technical director.

For further information, including the hourly charges for the above services, contact George Heuga, broadcast scheduler at Educational Technology Services, at (510) 643-8337 or at omsgrh@uclink.berkeley.edu. His cell phone number is (510) 812-7597.

Graduate School of Journalism

The new Nan Tucker McEvoy Broadcast Media Laboratory in North Gate Hall, home of the Graduate School of Journalism, offers a single camera studio where scholars can be interviewed for TV distribution. The new studio was designed for this purpose and is run by Milt Wallace, a senior television technician hired by the journalism school.

The studio has a new Sony DXC-D35 camera capable of the new 16 x 9 wide-screen format. Adjacent to the studio - it was designed for one interviewee, but could possibly accommodate two - is a control room that provides communication with broadcast clients.

The school also offers the Madeleine H. Russell Radio Studio, where radio broadcast services can be provided to networks and stations. As with Educational Technology Services, live television, videotape and audio feeds from the journalism school studios can reach clients around the world through the Pac Bell hub in San Francisco.

For more information, including prices, contact Milt Wallace at (510) 642-2440 or (415) 608-2484 (cell), or at milt@uclink.berkeley.edu. The web site is at http://journalism.berkeley.edu/resources/tvstudio.


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