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Behind The Scenes With The New KBFT Crew

Bright lights, rolling cameras, and the signature blue and red news set. All these things signify a new year of KBFT, and it couldn’t be more exciting for the students, staff, and those behind the scenes turning the gears to make sure the show goes on for its 22nd season.  With each new school year […]

Bright lights, rolling cameras, and the signature blue and red news set. All these things signify a new year of KBFT, and it couldn’t be more exciting for the students, staff, and those behind the scenes turning the gears to make sure the show goes on for its 22nd season. 

With each new school year comes yet another season of the beloved Talon Morning News. Each new season introduces the many unfamiliar and new faces of the KBFT class, the multiple challenges and barriers that need to be worked around and figured out, and the interesting stories and segments of all the interesting, funny, and important things going on in and around our campus and community.  

As a former student in the Broadcast Journalism class that works to put on the show, I was also subject to these learning curves and challenges of putting on a show and being a part of something where others depended on me. Having joined in the second semester of KBFT, I had it easier than those who had joined the semester before and didn’t have to learn, adapt, and produce the show from scratch. Even though I had it easier than some, it was still hard to get to know many people I previously didn’t work with and work as a team to get the show planned and rolled out in a semi-orderly manner. 

Having been the KBFT Program Director for many years, Mr. Brendan Hogan ‘95 has quite literally seen it all and always has an interesting and insightful take on any topic presented to him, especially when talking about his Broadcast Journalism class. 

The organized chaos of Studio 608.

“Each class comes in enthusiastic, but these guys this year are fired up,” Mr. Hogan expressed. “They want to do good work,” emphasizing that this class wants to “do all the work it takes to make it work”. 

“This is the first class that has been untouched by Covid… so it feels like we’re back to normal”.

I can somewhat recall taking Video Production I as a sophomore in the midst of the pandemic. It was a challenging task, and we didn’t have as many opportunities and options, so I’m excited to see what comes from a class that got the whole and true experience of all the video classes.

Sameh Fananapazir (‘25), a junior in the Broadcast Journalism, says this new KBFT class is working to “create more stories outside of the school, whether that be different cultures, businesses, or activities students at CB participate in.”

Sameh adds that schoolwork and trying to make plenty of good content walks a fine line, but his class has already figured out a way to combat this issue.

“We are producing tons of content and even have enough for the next month or two of shows,” the junior says. “Even if schoolwork backs up, there will still be great content continued to be shown to the students of CB”.

He backs up what Mr. Hogan has to say about the class by concluding with his personal goals for the class.

“Produce meaningful content and get better at doing that as time goes on,” he says. “I want to learn more about editing software and how to use it to increase my capabilities”.

But there is more to learn and understand about KBFT than just from my experiences and the experiences of this year’s class. To put in some exaggerated terms, Peter Okamoto (‘24) says “the Talon Morning news isn’t just a show, it’s an experience…it’s the fear of missing a deadline, the anticipation of your package, and the adrenaline of last minute decisions.”

The “experience” Peter is referring to

“You might think that it’s just a news show, but oh buster, it’s much more”.

While Peter may be on to something, Mr. Hogan agrees that producing the show not only helps the students who run it but also everyone who takes in the kind of media the KBFT produces.

“The whole program is about media literacy, understanding the media, and its impact on us as a people”. Mr. Hogan further explains that the class and KBFT as a whole works to create a “carefully constructed message and not an accident” and “to see [media] for what it is”.

“There’s a career out there in television and film and broadcasting,” he says. “The Talon Morning News is teaching kids how to live stream, how to broadcast, how to tell stories and communicate ideas to their student body”.  

Mr. Hogan says it straight up: “KBFT is the best”. Through my own experiences and hearing the experiences of this year’s class so far, it’s fair to say that there is never a dull moment spent in the class and there is always a new skill to learn and story to be created.

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