of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
Office of Cable Television
3007 Tilden Street, N.W., Pod-P
Washington, D.C. 20008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
CONTACT: Kenneth Borden 202.671.0057, Kenneth.Borden@dc.gov
Office of Cable Television Launch McKinley Technology High School
District Students with Television Production Skills
DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Chancellor Michelle Rhee, McKinley
Technology High School Principal David Pinder and Office of Cable
Television (OCT) Director Eric E. Richardson today hosted the official
reopening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly modernized District
Public Schools Television Production Studio. Located on the McKinley
Technology High School campus, the studio has undergone a complete
renovation, and now offers a state-of-the-art production environment
for the development and execution of programming to be featured
on the Districts Education Access Channel District Schools
Television (DSTV). The station broadcasts 24 hours a day on Comcast
Ch 99 and RCN Ch 18.
committed to making our schools excellent when we changed the governance
structure, said Mayor Fenty. Getting this studio back
up and running and offering our young people a new opportunity for
learning is exactly what we had in mind when we took this on and
we expect to continue to create more programs to give our students
the competitive advantage they need.
Now a division
of OCT, DSTV will continue to work with the Office of the State
Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the District of Columbia
Public Schools (DCPS) to create educational programs. The channel
will also feature programming that coincides with the curriculum
set forth in various schools throughout DCPS. The bulk of the programming
will feature content produced by the students.
an excellent opportunity for our students to get hands-on experience,
learning the ins and outs of television film and video production,
said Chancellor Rhee. This is also a perfect example of the
type of high quality technical programs we plan to offer students
For nearly fours
years, the new McKinley studio sat vacant awaiting construction.
Under Mayor Fentys school reform initiative, the project was
completed in only four months.
mayoral interviewer and McKinley Tech senior Riah Williams was especially
enthused about the new studio. It means a lot, she said.
Ive been waiting for this for two years. I think it
will really help the students.
old McKinley Tech senior Leroy Massey, studio floor director with
three years of radio and television experience under his belt added,
"It's great to have this studio here because this school is
based in technology. This new studio is great and gives us something
to work for."
OCT has trained
more than 30 students on mobile and studio television production.
The training has allowed students to work on broadcast-quality equipment
that major media outlets use daily.
production studio will be an exciting portal for our talented DCPS
students to voyage into the world of broadcast media. It will provide
hands-on training in all aspects of the television production process,
said OCT Director Eric E. Richardson. Students will gain valuable
insight and experience as they prepare for their college and career
success in communications.
Under the Chancellors
Renew, Revitalize and Reorganize plan, McKinley Tech is slated to
become a STEM school providing enriched instruction around science,
technology, engineering and mathematics.
OCT is the District
Government Agency responsible for regulating cable television in
the District, as well as the administration of the Districts
Government Access Channels TV-16 and TV-13 and the Districts
Education Access Channel DSTV. The mission of TV-16 is to provide
information regarding the many programs, services and opportunities
made available by the District of Columbia Government. The mission
of TV-13 is to provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the live and recorded
activities of the DC City Council and its various committees. The
mission of DSTV is to complement and reinforce the efforts of the
District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor and the State Superintendent
of Education to achieve improved student learning in every classroom,
in every school, in every community; and, to ensure that all students
are fully prepared for life after high school. Together these three
channels are intended to provide District of Columbia residents
access to the activities and processes of their government and public
For more information
regarding OCT, please visit the agencys website: