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Spartan TV is headed to Comcast cable Channel 14

City Council to hear update on student-run network

Sycamore student Andy Rankin, 15, films the varsity football game between Sycamore and Sterling for Spartan TV on Aug. 25, 2017 at Sycamore High School in Sycamore.
Sycamore student Andy Rankin, 15, films the varsity football game between Sycamore and Sterling for Spartan TV on Aug. 25, 2017 at Sycamore High School in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – High school student-run Spartan TV will give an update on its progress for Comcast Channel 14 access during the Sycamore City Council meeting Monday.

City Manager Brian Gregory said there will no additional factors to approve for the Sycamore High School news network to air broadcasts on the public, educational and governmental access channel. He said access to the channel was approved in 2017, and the agenda item is meant as an update as part of the agreement made more than a year ago between the city and Sycamore School District 427.

“It’s been a process to get the connection made to the Comcast network and, from there, get the equipment,” Gregory said.

Gregory said Spartan TV was able to get a grant to pay for the channel connection and for the software to include a community bulletin board as part of channel content.

“It’s another asset to our community, letting them provide information and broadcast both educational and community events,” Gregory said.

David Olson, communications manager for District 427 and an adviser for Spartan TV, said that Monday basically is its inaugural report in front of the City Council. After beginning to add student-produced programming such as football games online, he said, there was a soft broadcast on Channel 14 with community event information and this year’s high school graduation ceremony and awards night ahead of the anticipated June 15 Spartan TV cable debut.

“It’s a great avenue to provide real-world experience for our students,” Olson said.

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