Finding quality television one can relax to after class can be a hard
task in these days full of endless hours of old "Sabrina" episodes.
Luckily, Oregon State University offers a student-run alternative in
KBVR-TV. On air since 1968, the station provides evening and late-night
programming, ranging from sketch comedy to news and aerobics to live,
With the program schedule changing every term, the KBVR-TV staff is
continually in motion throughout the station. Students fill paid positions
like Production Manager, Program Director and Station Manager, but also
control the unpaid areas of crew and talent.
On top of that, students come up with ideas for programming on KBVR-TV.
Kim Turpin, a senior in liberal studies with an emphasis on film and TV
production, is the station manager at KBVR-TV. She described new show
proposals as one where the producer, a student, comes up with his or her
own ideas for a new show, proposes the production and rallies his or her
New shows for this term are "Shameless," which Turpin describes as a
"comedy/drama sketch show" and is produced by Paul Pistey, and "Blind
Date." The latter program will begin airing Feb. 13 and is produced by
Tony Chung in conjunction with MUPC and Darren Leva.
One of KBVR-TV's most popular programs is "Delusions of Grandeur," produced
by Alan Winston. "It has a great fan base throughout the community," Turpin
said. The show is a mix of comedy, movie parodies, drama and stop-action
"Star Wars" figurines. It is KBVR-TV's longest running original program
still airing. It can be viewed on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at
8 and 10 p.m.
"KBVR News" is also a favorite among many. Airing Mondays, Tuesdays
and Wednesdays at 9 and 11 p.m. Turpin said the show is her favorite,
especially since its new producer, Martin Carroll, has taken over.
KBVR-TV airs on AT&T cable channel 99 at 7 p.m. to midnight, Monday
through Thursday. A complete schedule, along with program descriptions
and general station information, can be picked up at Snell Hall or viewed
on the station's Web site, www.kbvr-tv.com.