By Todd Martin
The many fans of Killeen ISD high school football and all kinds of other activities will enjoy a new inside look at a variety of sports and other events this year.
The growth of the district’s Career Center programs, combined with a large, new scoreboard at Leo Buckley Stadium helped propel the first phase of a new student-produced television feature “Inside KISD.”
Currently, the show serves as a pre-game introduction to each home varsity football game, with pre-recorded interviews with KISD coaches intermixed with earlier pre-recorded interviews and video of players prior to the start of the school year.
Career Center Radio teacher and MY 95.1 station manager Jamie Garrett said the new show is a collaboration between his radio students and the KISD-TV crew, students and new teacher and station manager Humberto Flores.
The new pre-game show also features Career Center and Harker Heights High School senior Monique Bullock, known to MY 95.1 listeners as “DJ Mo.”
The first Inside KISD show broadcast during the first week of the football season prior to the start of a Killeen High School game on Friday, Sept. 1. Segments are planned for all the rest of the home football games.
Inside KISD runs live on the stadium scoreboard, on Time Warner Cable Channel 17 and on MY 95.1 radio.
On Tuesday, Bullock sat down with Harker Heights High School coach Jerry Edwards and then Killeen High School coach Neil Searcy to record segments for this week’s football games.
All the while, Garrett gave direction and KISD-TV technicians Brad Retz and Jerry Wilson worked with audio-visual students during the studio work.
There are much more shows planned, including volleyball and cross-country segments in the fall, other sports in the spring and features about spirit groups, fine arts and activities like robotics competitions, Garrett said.
“With radio and TV, both programs are working with each other,” he said, “and it broadens the scope of knowledge and expands students’ opportunities.”
The coaches are enjoying the added exposure for their teams and enjoying the chance to give budding radio and television reporters and technicians a boost.
“I think it’s great for the students here to learn the ins and outs of this kind of show,” said Edwards following his taping at the KISD-TV studio in the Career Center. “It’s a good way to promote KISD, athletics and Harker Heights High School and it gives fans an inside look behind the curtain.”
The Harker Heights coach talked with DJ Mo about his team’s exciting comeback in their first home game of the season. Searcy talked about lessons learned from two losses to strong teams that will help his players in the district slate ahead.
“I think this is great exposure for our kids to be highlighted in a different way,” the KHS football coach said. “It’s another venue to spread the positive things happening at Killeen High School.”
A busy student with a part-time job and responsibilities on the radio and now TV, Bullock does not seem into the celebrity thing. In fact, she didn’t see her first two segments air at Buckley Stadium. A friend confirmed to her that she was on the big screen.
“(Mr. Garrett) called me and said I’d be perfect for this show,” she said. “I had no experience in TV and I was nervous. He said it would be OK and I did get used to it. I love doing it. I get nervous, but I know I have a future in TV or radio. It makes me happy that my voice can change things around here.”
For Bullock and all of the radio students, Garrett said the show provides a chance to hone interview skills, to get in front of the camera and to help build excitement across the community.
September 12, 2017