The School of Communications and Theater and Temple University entered a new era of hands-on educational experience and community outreach Nov. 11 with the ceremonial launch of TUTV.
The new cable television station, housed in the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center in Annenberg Hall, televises content created at SCT and from throughout the university.
At 6 p.m., Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart appeared on TUTV to welcome its viewers, including almost 125 guests who were celebrating the launch in Annenberg Hall’s Joe First Media Center.
“TUTV offers outstanding learning experiences for Temple students, who will assist in all aspects of station management, and for the Philadelphia community, which will have access to exceptional and relevant programming on a wide variety of topics,” she said from the master control room as students worked behind her.
As SCT celebrated the future of its cable television station, it also honored its past. Lew Klein, an adjunct professor at Temple for nearly 60 years, noted the first news writing class was taught at Temple in 1887. Klein was asked to join the Temple family in 1952 to teach the university’s first television production class. His class of six students borrowed the studio facilities at WFIL (now WPVI) to create their work and their lectures were held in a row house on what is now Liacouras Walk.
“How things have changed,” Klein said.
Interim Dean Thomas Jacobson celebrated the impact TUTV and the Rudman Media Production Center will have on SCT students.
“Our students are gaining valuable experience in a working TV station that will most assuredly act as a springboard into the next phase of their lives, be it entry into the professional world or pursuit of an advanced degree,” he said.
Jacobson highlighted programming from the Theater, Film and Media Arts and Journalism departments, as well as ways students from other schools and colleges at Temple have supported TUTV, showing its interdisciplinary reach.
Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Richard Englert echoed his sentiment. “TUTV demonstrates that Temple continues to be on the forefront of educating our students,” he said. University Trustee and state Sen. Robert Rovner took the opportunity to thank the Rudmans on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Kal Rudman closed out the ceremony with the wish that his gift to facilitate the creation of TUTV will allow Temple students to gain the experience they need to be able to find work in trying economic times for the industry. He assured the students in attendance that innovation will create new opportunities in their field.
TUTV can currently be seen on Comcast channel 50 and Verizon channel 45 within the city of Philadelphia and soon, online at smcsites.com/tutv.
Watch 6ABC’s coverage of the TUTV launch event here: