History of the School Channel
The School Channel was founded in 1979, under the direction of then teacher Gary Kramer and University of Oklahoma Studio Manager, Fred Avery. The first show to air on the new School Channel was Tiger Den in the fall of 1979. Tiger den detailed all of the happenings at Norman High school. For the first five years the show was taped at OU for broadcast on cable Channel 8. In 1984 the Video Resource Center opened on the campus of Norman High School and the School Channel was well on its way to becoming nationally renowned educational program.
The School Channel first debuted on channel 8 of Multimedia Cablevision. This would not be the permanant home however as it would later move to channel 29 and then would finaly settle on Channel 18 under new host, Cox Cable.
The School channel has seen many changes and innovations through the years. From the first days of beta tapes and VHS to the current digital formats in use today, the one constant has been the students. Students have produced a variety of shows on the channel and have created many cultural icons unique to the Norman community. Some of these include shows like Homeroom, Good company, Black tie optional, a home shopping show called "The Shopping channel", and a game show entitled Truth hors d'oeuvres and some unique characters such as Safety Sneaker, NorMan, and Bob & Rob.
School Channel Today
Currently the School Channel produces 7 weekly shows, Open House, Timberwolf tracks, Tiger Den, TNT, Bandwagon, District Directions, and Steves and Franks. Every Tuesday and Sunday the school channel airs the most recent NPS board of education meetings at 7:00 pm. There are also special events and school programming that airs on the school channel Broadcasts originate from our studio located on the campus of Norman High School. Whether it is a NHS or NNHS football game or a play at Jackson you can see it all on Ch. 18.
If you would like to contact us about obtaining an old show, or about joining one of the classes. Call us at 405.366.5821. Or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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