Q30 Television

HISTORY

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Celebrating 25 years!

Where it all began

Q30 Television began broadcasting in the fall of 1995 as QCTV. The Mass Comm Club (founded in 1993) constitution was adapted to fit the new organization, but there were major differences between the Mass Comm Club and QCTV. Since the organization was created under the Mass Comm Club foundation, it was able to bypass the organization the probationary period for new organizations at Quinnipiac.

 

 

QCTV started as an organization with just a small team and two cornerstone shows, one late night show and a classic newscast. Thomas Kelly (’98), one of the founders, was the driving force behind forming QCTV as a student-run television station at Quinnipiac. Jason Oksenhendler (’99) lead the creation of QCTV News, which first aired in the fall of 1996. QCTV started with very limited resources, broadcasting out of the newly constructed Ed McMahon Center, which opened in 1993.

 

 

Originally, the organization broadcast on closed-circuit television channel 20 but then abruptly switched to channel 30 in 1996. Professor Pete Sumby, who served as the advisor for QCTV, helped form the organization into what it is today. His leadership was instrumental in launching the sports aspects of the organization and enriching the QCTV Newscast.

 

 

Even prior to the construction of the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center, the QCTV name was used by Information Technology/Services and professors, which broadcast out of the basement of the Arnold Bernard Library. 

At the time, QCTV broadcast a regular schedule of programming, including QCTV News, a late night show and various student projects. QCTV also broadcasted interviews with various SGA candidates. 

In addition to regular programming, there were commercial slots available to local businesses. Side Street Bar and Grill was the first advertiser. Slots started at $25 per semester.

2002- 2005 were years of major growth for Q30. The organization began covering more stories at Quinnipiac and in the local community. Q30 became recognized as a student media organization on campus.

  • The station officially switched over to digital editing equipment
  • Quinnipiac College becomes Quinnipiac University
  • QCTV becomes QUEST (Quinnipiac Exceptional Student Television) after the change to university
  • Organization gained further autonomy from the School of Communications
  • QUEST TV crew lost access to Studio B in the Ed McMahon Mass Communication Center due to the space being converted to a classroom for editing (source Quinnipiac Chronicle)
  • QUEST had access to Studio A originally but soon lost access due to safety concerns and had to pass a test administered by the School of Communication before using equipment. Class schedules limited access to the studio space. (source Quinnipiac Chronicle)
  • The organization attempted to utilize space in the faculty office building, but the never project materialized in the spring semester as planned (source Quinnipiac Chronicle)
  • Quinnipiac University changes their mascot from the Braves to the Bobcats
  • Q30 requested three VHS players and a broadcast controller for additional closed circuit television broadcast capabilities on channel Q30 
  • Station rebranded and adopted the name Q30 Television 
  • The Q30 Newscast began broadcasting live each week from the Ed McMahon center at 11 p.m.
  • The organization requested a large sum of equipment as part of the SGA capital expenditure process. Equipment requested included cameras, computer software (Final Cut and Adobe Suite), wireless and wired microphones. Through this process the organization was able to gain additional equipment and setup a computer dedicated to editing for Q30 content.
  • Launched the “Q30 Bulletin Board,” which showcased events, messages and other information for the Quinnipiac community which would air on channel 30
  • The station went from two hours of programming to eight hours of programming a week by the end of the year 

  • In 2004, Q30 News came in third place at the Society of Professional Journalists – Region 1 Mark of Excellence Awards
  • Q30 was recognized as a student media organization at Quinnipiac and no longer funded through SGA. This allowed for additional funding through the Dean of Students Office and prevented censorship from SGA
  • Muiltiple departments were formed within Q30 including advertising, promotions, production, web, graphics and sports 
  • The Ed McMahon studio underwent a renovation to be fully HD, which at the time cost 1.5 million dollars 
  • Q30 was later recognized as organization of the year in spring of 2005
  • Q30 live-streamed a basketball game in Burt Kahn Court with play-by-play calls and live coverage streamed on channel 30. Cabling was run from the Recreation center to the Ed McMahon Center
  • Additional equipment was added to the Q30 office in the Carl Hansen Student Center allowing for digital media playback on channel 30 through a modulator
  • Q30 conducted its first sit down interview with Quinnipiac University President John Lahey hosted by Max Winitz
  • The university opened the TD Bank North Sports Center, allowing for easier coverage of high profile Quinnipiac sports. Q30 broadcasted games from the York Hill campus 
  • Q30 was approved for the General Manager to receive a stipend similar to other student leaders on campus 

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  • Q30 News launched a website to showcase content and stories (q30news.wordpress.com)
  • Student organizations, including Q30, were moved to a trailer during construction for the Carl Hansen Student Center remodel
  • Arts sections of Q30 transitioned to the entertainment department 
  • Directors were named for each department within Q30
  • Launched the new Q30 Television WordPress website allowing stories and shows to be posted 
  • Switched from Q30.org to Q30Television.com 
  • Q30 won “Best Television Sportscast” at the CMA Pinnacle awards for the first time 
  • Launched sports beat reporting team allowing for more opportunities for involvement 
  • Purchased new anchor desk and HD Newtek Tricaster 
  • Q30 Television switched from traditional broadcasting on channel 30 to solely streaming on YouTube allowing for a larger audience through a more accessible platform
  • Started to test including remote shots for live shows 
  • Started utilizing a touch-screen display for on air talent 
  • Q30 started utilizing RTMP streaming for remote live shots on campus 
  • Streamed the first Bobcat Gameday event from multiple locations at York Hill and Mount Carmel
  • Streamed the first ever QTHON 10-hour livestream event 
  • Launched an IFB system for on-air talent and director communication
  • Added a large HD TV to control room setup for Tricaster and additional audio advancements, including control from an iPad
  • Implemented the ability to have live call in interviews
  • Started utilizing the livestream platform allowing for streaming to multiple platforms 
  • Q30 Television expanded its streaming capabilities to additional locations, including Facebook and the station website. This upgrade paved the way for future streaming to Twitter through Periscope.
  • The organization launched a new website after multiple technical problems with the previous site.
  • Q30 hosted and moderated the SGA debates for the first time in the spring of 2019
  • Launched new Planning and Engagement position as a cabinet role
  • Purchased new control room setup with modern equipment, including new audio hardware and SDI based Tricaster
  • Launched the Q30.TV forwarding domain for the website
  • Continued coverage remotely at members’ homes during the COVID-19 outbreak, including web content, remote newscasts and episodes of Quinnipiac Tonight.
  • Q30 hosted two Bobcat Gameday-style shows and planned for a third prior to the COVID-19 outbreak

 

 

New control room setup adopted in 2019

 

In the fall of 2002, the Q30 branding was introduced for the organization, marking the start of a new era for the organization’s brand on campus. 

Original Logo Designed by: Brian Kowalenko ’05

In 2010, Q30 adopted a new slogan for the organization. “It’s a good turn on” and “Turn me on”.

 Designed by: Stefan Aleo '13

Q30 once again underwent a branding update in 2012. However, the new logo didn’t last long. Q30 switched back to its previous logo in 2013.

The fall of 2012 was the first semester the organization broadcasted out of the newly constructed student media suite inside the Carl Hasen Student Center. Previously, the organization had only broadcasted out of the Ed McMahon Mass Communications Center and a small office in the student center often described as a “closet”.

 

 

During the construction, the organization operated out of a shared construction trailer for all student media organizations. 

After saving two years of budget, Q30 purchased a new anchor desk. 

 

 

The Q30 team worked hard to purchase an HD (720p) NewTek Tricaster in 2014 as well, allowing Q30 to produce more professional content inside the newly constructed media suite space. 

Fall of 2018 was the first semester Q30 utilized the streaming (Livestream.com) platform for shows, allowing for the launch of streaming to various platforms simultaneously.

 

 

The first platforms for streaming were the Q30 website, Facebook and Youtube, soon followed by Twitter.  

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Q30 underwent another rebranding effort. Through a contest of Q30 members, a new logo was voted on and announced Jan. 1, 2018. 

 

 

Since the late 1990s, Q30 has covered the SGA elections process by interviewing candidates and reporting the results. In the spring of 2019, Q30 moderated and hosted the SGA debates for the first time. This tradition continues to this day.

 

Logo designed by: Joel Vanner ’19

One of the opportunities Q30 sought out was adding TVs around campus to display Q30 content. In the fall of 2018, the first TV was installed in the Carl Hansen Student Center Piazza. This display shows Q30 content, live shows and station promotions. 

 

 

Later in the fall of 2019, Q30 added three additional TVs. Each was located in the Center for Communications and Engineering, Rocky Top Student Center and the Mount Carmel Café.

In the spring of 2020, with help from a crowdfunding campaign and the Student Government Association, Q30 purchased an SDI based NewTek Tricaster and new audio hardware, allowing for full streaming in 1080p. This modernization allowed the station to improve content quality and keep Q30 up to date with the most cutting edge equipment.

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, Q30 Television completed its first truly remote newscast with members hosting from their homes in April 2020. A week after the announcement of the university switching to solely online, Q30 completed a COVID-19 special report broadcast on campus. Four members put together this special report in just under two hours. 

 

 

Even with the transition to fully online classes, Q30 Television continued to provide content to the Quinnipiac community through its various channels.  

Show Info

Entertainment / Music

  • Aired: Spring of 2006 – Fall of 2017
 

Founders: 

 

    • Anthony Filiaci ’09 – Co Host
    • Kristen LaBak – Co Host
    • Kerry Johnson  – Director
    • Michelle Hayden ’08 (Lohr) – EP 
  • Launched: Fall of 2015
 
  • Executive Producers: Sommer Rusinski and Rebecca Castagna ’16
 

First episode of Quinnipiac Tonight: 

 

  • Launched in the fall of 2011 
 
  • Founders: Mary-Caitlin Harding and Cara Gilmartin 
  • Aired 2013-2014 
 
  • Founded by: Rebecca Castagna ’16 and Kevin Carroll ’14
 

First Episode of Late with Kevin Carroll:

 

  • Aired: Fall of 2014
 
  • Executive Producers: Rebecca Castagna ’16 and Sommer Rusinski
 
  • Sidekick: Charlie Doe
 

First Episode of Late Night with Joe Kohl: 

 

  • Aired: Fall 2001 – Spring 2003
 
  • Music based show where musicians would come in studio to perform 
 
  • Streamed on closed circuit television channel 30 and various local public access channels 
 
  • Founded by: Sean Deland and Eric Marrapodi  

Waiting on info 

  • Aired: 1999-2000

 

  • Produced by: Dan Houle

 

  • Waiting for confirmation and additional info 

Aired: 2005 -2006 and other years to be confirmed 

Show Description:

 

The Rock Box is Q30’s half-hour weekly music video show.  Music videos widely range from Indy Rock to Metal. 

Sports

  • Launched in: 2005

 

  • Founders: Rocco Aloe ’07 & Ben Handelman ’07

  • Launched in: 2004

 

  • Founder: John Chagaris ’08

 

  • Moved to the studio in 2009 from SC215 space originally used to broadcast 
  • Aired: 2002-2003

 

  • Producer: Patrick Boutilier

 

  • Show typically covered sports news in college and pro sports and included highlights from Quinnipiac sports as well
  • Aired: Fall/Winter – 2015
 
  • Transitioned to a web series in 2017
 
  • Founded by: Andrew Badillo ’17
  • Aired: December 2014
 
  • Transitioned to a web series in 2017
 
  • Founded by: Jon Alba ’15 and Mark Spillane ’15

Aired: 2001-2003

 

Hosted by: Brad Weiner ’03 , Joseph Tarca ’03, Glenn Giangrande ’03

 

  • Live-streaming of various sports games to closed circuit television channel 30
 
  • Transitioned to Bobcat Gameday coverage.

Show Description:

 

 

QU Gameday presents all the premier Division 1 match-ups. Everything from Women’s Volleyball to Men’s Basketball is covered.

 

Open for QU Gameday:

 

News

  • Launched: 1996

 
  • Founder: Jason Oksenhendler

  • Aired: 2014- 2015
 

High Profile Stories

College Media Association Awards

2012: 

– Best Television Sportscast, Finalist

– Best Television Entertainment Program, Finalist, “The Morning After”

 

2013:

– Best Television Sportscast, Winner 

 

2014:

– Television Station of the Year, First Place 

– Best Television Newscast, Third Place

– Best Television Sportscast, Third Place

– Best Television Entertainment Program, Third Place

 

2015:

– Best Television Sportscast, First Place

 

2017:

– Best Television Sportscast, First Place, Sports Paws 

– Best Investigative Story, Q30 News 

 

 

2019: 

– Four Year Television Station of the Year, Third Place

– Best Television Newscast, Third Place, Q30 Newscast 

– Best Television Sportscast, First Place, Sports Paws

– Best Sports Game Story, Honorable Mention, Jacob Resnick ’22

Quinnipiac Awards

Organization of the Year

2005 & 2020

Building Block Award

2014

2020-2021 – Joe LoGrippo

2019-2020 – Brendan Brooks
2018-2019 – Kyle Levasseur
2017-2018 – Brenna Oricoli
2016-2017 – Andrew Badillo
2015-2016 – Carolyn Fales
2014-2015 – Jon Alba
2013-2014 – Jon Alba
2012-2013 – Sunny Nariyani
2011-2012 – Sunny Nariyani
2010-2011 – Kristen (Swartz) Gray
2009-2010 – Ben Chaflin
2008 – 2009 – Jason Levin
2007-2008 – Michelle (Lohr) Hayden

2006 – 2007 – Ben Shapiro

2005 – 2006 – Jeff DeHaan

2004 – 2005 – Adam Brooks

2003 – 2004 – Patrick Boutiler

2002-2003 – Patrick Boutiler
2001 – 2002 – Rob Gilmore
2000 – 2001 – Mike Schleif
1999 – 2000 – Dan Houle 
1998 – 1999 – Unknown 
1997 – 1998 – Tom Kelly
1996 – 1997 – Tom Kelly
1995 – 1996 – Tom Kelly

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