The Department of Film, Television and Digital Media is home to the Gwendolyn P. Tandy Memorial Film Library, an extensive collection of movies and television programs on Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, and LaserDisc. The collection currently includes more than 15,000 titles and new items are added every month. The film library is not a lending library; rather, it is an essential teaching resource for the FTDM department. Faculty can use the most recent films and programs in their classes, so that course material is always up-to-date. Students may schedule time to watch films in the library, whether it be for a class or as a way of exploring their own interests and independent projects. FTDM Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart serves as the curator of this important educational resource.
How You Can Help
The Gwendolyn P. Tandy Film Library was established and has developed over the years as a result of generous donations from individuals in the TCU community and the surrounding Metroplex. If you would like to contribute to the film library, please contact Professor Kylo-Patrick Hart via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributions are tax-deductible.
FTDM students work in three production studios, as well as on location. In our sound studio, students engage in single-camera film production on student-produced sitcoms and soap operas. Our sports broadcasting students enjoy a separate, dedicated studio, complete with fiber optic cables that link the facility to nearly every sports complex on campus. In the fall, this technology allows our sports production students to provide instant replays, bio profiles, advertisements and promotions to the football stadium video board for our fall home games. In the winter and spring, students continue to work as operators, directors and producers to provide the same content during the basketball and baseball season. In the fall of 2008, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication also unveiled a third studio. The Bob Schieffer News Now Studio is dedicated to the production of TCU News Now, a student-run campus news program complete with an Internet TV channel and live internet feeds.
FTDM production classes are committed to utilizing the latest technology in order to prepare students for its real-world applications. Students working on location or in our studios film (and later edit) in high-definition using Panasonic HDV200 High Definition cameras with Red Rock Lens Adapters. Students working in our news studios work with Sony DSR 500s.
The Department of Film, Television and Digital Media trains students in current post-production techniques and software. Student workstations house a variety of industry-specific software, including Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS4, and DigiDesign Pro Tools Suite, on MacIntosh Pros with 20 inch monitors.
About the Station
KTCU is a federally licensed radio station that broadcasts from Texas Christian University. The station averages 20,000 listeners per week, and our signal can be heard in eight North Texas counties. We also stream our signal over the internet, which means that family and friends can keep up with their favorite student disc jockey by logging into https://ktcu.tcu.edu/.
KTCU currently features some of the top software used by radio stations throughout the country, including the digital audio Scott Studio. Our traffic reporting and newswire services are provided by Navteq and Metro Source, two of the most widely used systems at radio stations across the United States.
Opportunities for FTDM Students
FTDM majors who work at the station learn the operations of a real broadcast facility and serve in a variety of positions including disc jockeys, sports reporters, writers, traffic reporters, production and programming managers.
FTDM students who enroll in FM Operations are also allowed to develop their own shows and features. KTCU programming has won awards from the local media, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, and the International Academy of the Visual Arts.
Additionally, with TCU being located in the number five media market in the country, students will often hear from a variety of guest lecturers including top-rated disc jockeys, news and sports personalities, and programmers.
Careers and Internships in Radio
Students who have taken FM Operations and worked at KTCU have been successful in obtaining internships at major market radio stations in Fort Worth/Dallas, including KRLD News Radio, WBAP News Talk 820, ESPN 103.3, KLIF AM 590, KPLX The Wolf, K-104, KISS-FM, and KHFI Austin.
Currently, we have former students employed full time in the radio industry in Fort Worth/Dallas at ESPN 103.3, syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, 99.5 The Wolf, KTCK The Ticket, and KLIF Talk Radio 570.