McEwen Studio A gets a
first-class makeover


TV Studio A in McEwen Communications building was completely renovated during the summer, and the finished product was on display for the Elon community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception Aug. 20.

The 1,200-square-foot studio features a new TV-news production set built by Beaver Construction Co., of Graham, N.C. It includes areas for news, weather and interviews, and it features a specialized lighting scheme. The $16,000 cost was divided between the School of Communications, Elon Student Television and the department of Instructional and Campus Technologies. When bids were let on the project at least one professional set-building firm wanted $80,000 to do the job. Administrators involved in getting the project off the ground include Paul Parsons, Chris Fulkerson, Rex Waters and Scott Hildebrand.

Linda Lashendock, coordinator of television services, explained that the new set, built in just four weeks and made primarily of birch plywood, will allow Elon students to learn in a state-of-the-art environment. "It will capture all opportunities in the academic arena," she said.

The design was the work of Elon students Scott Myrick and David Douglas, and both chipped in to help with some of the construction. Staff member Jeff James helped wire the lighting. Lashendock and Office of Television Services staffer Marion Aitcheson became faux-painting experts after taking a Sherwin-Williams class, and painted some set walls.

The set is designed to accommodate live television transmissions to Time Warner Cable and other broadcast outlets. Lashendock said the plan is to convert the studio from its current analog format to a digital format in the near future.





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