The Students on the Switch

The DTV press conference

The DTV press conference

Eleven students made the trip to Wilmington, N.C., for the historic analog to digital switch. Here are what a few of them had to say about the experience.

LEIGH LESNIAK (Senior Broadcast major)

“It’s really interesting to see such a historic thing happen, to be here, to be see the very first television market in the U.S. experience this and see what their reaction is. It’s really neat to see history in the making.”

LAUREN LIMERICK (Senior Broadcast major)

“The information we take away today is going to predict what’s going to happen in the rest of the country. If we can offer this information as a guide to other community leaders, then they can have a better idea of how to prepare. I think we all understand the magnitude of it and we’re honored to take part in something so historic, but I think many people overlooked the sheer magnitude of this historic event. People are going to look back in February (17, when the rest of the country makes the switch) to Wilmington and Elon is going to be the one providing the information.”

Randy Gyllenhaal and Leigh Lesniak set up their shot at the DTV press conference.

Randy Gyllenhaal and Leigh Lesniak set up their shot at the DTV press conference.

RANDY GYLLENHAAL (Junior Broadcast major)

“Before I came here, I didn’t realize how important TV is to some people. To some people TV is their lifeblood. When that’s lost, when that goes away, they’re scared. They feel unconnected to the world. That’s what the digital transition might do to thousands of people in February. It really shows how important television is for everyday folks. Television is a confusing thing. It seems magical, but when something goes wrong, they don’t know how to fix it. So when something goes wrong, they’re going to be scared.”

From left, Eugene Daniel, Connie Book, Olivia Hubert-Allen and Anne Nicholson stand by the symbolic analog to DTV switch.

From left, Eugene Daniel, Connie Book, Olivia Hubert-Allen and Anne Nicholson stand by the symbolic analog to DTV switch.

OLIVIA HUBERT-ALLEN (Senior Journalism/Political Science major)

“This is a truly historic event that will impact broadcast television for the rest of time. Just like when televisions originally turned from black and white to color, this conversion will mean drastic change for television viewers. Because the spectrum in the United States is so saturated with channels, there is little room left for further development. Other countries don’t have this problem. Transitioning to digital television will open the door for more things, like watching television on your phone for example.”

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One response to “The Students on the Switch

  1. You all did a great job and service to the community. I’m sure you learned quite a bit being hands on. Thanks for being there and sharing with the rest of the country.

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