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TV newscast has first live show of the semester

By Asiya Gilmore

Monday was a special day for the new anchors of the FAMU-TV 20 newscast as they produced their first live show.

Hours before the newscast aired, the crew rehearsed, rehearsed and rehearsed again. This was in hopes to make their final run through as smooth as possible.

“I am very anxious and excited,” said Jade Jacobs, co-anchor with Ila Wilborn. “Everyone has worked really hard and learned how to fulfill their positions so I’m excited to see it all come together.”

Both anchors had first day jitters because this was a live take, but they said they were more eager than anything.

“Today is the first day of the rest of my life,” Wilborn said. “I’ve waited for this for a long time, and I just hope I am up to J-School standards.”

The anchors said that the instruction they received has prepared them for their roles.

“All of my professors up until this point have taught me enough to get me to where I am now, from reporting and writing to broadcast announcing,” Jacobs said.

Kalisha Whitman, professor of the course that produces the newscast, went into the semester’s first live show with confidence.

“I think today is going to be a great opportunity for students to really test their skills and put them in action,” she said. “Anything can happen, so the main focus is always, of course, trying to think of a plan but also knowing how to combat an issue if something happens. It’s not about the mess up; it’s about the recovery.”

After the show, Whitman and Technical Director Jeff Walker said they were happy with the first run.

“I feel like it went exactly how I thought it would go,” Whitman said. “This is the best I’ve seen so far starting out of the gate. I do have three more firsts this week because each crew is different from Monday to Wednesday to Friday, so I hope it continues to go as well as it did today.”

Wilborn and Jacobs also enjoyed their first show but both agreed that there could be improvements.

“Overall, I thought it was really great,” Wilborn said. “I’m looking forward to the next shows and how we can improve.”

“I feel really good about the first show,” Jacobs said. “I think that Ila and I work well together as a team. Just as I anticipated, the production team and everyone in the control room did an amazing job.”

Students may volunteer for the FAMU-TV 20 newscast by contacting broadcast professors Kalisha Whitman or Kenneth Jones. The newscast airs on Comcast channel 20 on Mondays and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m.