Utilities/ Parabolic Sound Operator (Former Employee) – University Park, PA – April 2, 2015
A typical day would include unloading the material from the truck. Setting up the XLR and Coax cables. Hiding the cables from plain sight. Carrying out the Parabolic disks with an hour left before the game starts. Reporting back to the parabolic disks with 30 minutes left in pre-game. Recording natural sound of the in-game experience. Breaking down the audio cables and parabolic disks. Putting the equipment back on the truck. I learned where to plug in the XLR cables and whether a 4-plug or 8-plug is needed. I learned how to operate the parabolic disk. I also learned how to successfully store audio equipment.
Student U Intern (Former Employee) – East Lansing, MI – November 26, 2013
My co-workers were enthusiastic and friendly. My boss was very helpful and understanding. This was an internship but I felt like it was my job! I was getting paid while earning college credits and learning more about my major. A typical day would start by gathering the equipment (cameras, tv, cables and cords..etc) and transport them to the sporting event, set up, record, and break down the equipment. We would go back to the office, feed the recordings back to the BTN headquarters in Chicago and then head home. A typical day would last around 6 to 10 hours.
Productive company working with camera equipment and broadcasting
Video manager (Current Employee) – Columbus, OH – August 7, 2013
A normal day at this job is showing up to your crew call and setting up all the broadcasting equipment. Once the equipment is set up we call live to the Big Ten Headquarters in Chicago to confirm that we are set up and ready to stream the sporting event live. The hardest part of this job is setting up the graphic effects to be shown live on TV. But the other jobs like camera man, score keeper, director, or counting in the announcers are the easy part of my job. I really do love this job because this is something I want to make my career. I love working with the camera equipment recording events that are taking place through the lens of the camera. I appreciate this work a lot because I went to school to work in the media industry and I am very experience with working with video camera equipment.
Eat lunch at the longer events that we are recording and take breaks when the athletes take breaks
Outdoor camera men have to still record in all type of weather conditions
Enjoyable Live broadcasts and great learning experiences
Big Ten Student U Productions (Current Employee) – Bloomington, IN – May 20, 2013
Overall, I would describe my time with the Big Ten Student U program as a success. Not only did I learn a lot about the behind the scenes duties of producing television sporting events, I was able to gain experience broadcasting sporting events for television.
Technical Director, Camera Operator (Former Employee) – Bloomington, IN – May 10, 2012
A normal production would last 6 hours at most, with setting up equipment and checking in with the headquarters in Chicago to time when the production would go live to the web. I learned a lot of technical aspects of a production, including wiring, routing, the technical board and the production feed.