That approach created a television program produced by students and UND Television Center staff that has spanned a quarter of a century. The program is called Studio One, a name first scrawled on a napkin that was chosen for its ability to fit any format.
The show was created because a UND student named Tom Buehring had a request. His request in 1986 to the Director of the Television Center, Barry Brode, was for a show that was professional at its core. He wanted something that an outside professional organization would look at with merit. There was nothing like it on campus. Planning started in spring of '86 and the program launched in February, 1987.
Together, Buehring and Brode assembled a team of students, faculty and staff to develop the show. The first live telecast aired on Feb. 5, 1987. Now, more than 800 students have participated in the program gaining valuable skills in teamwork, professionalism, producing quality work and communication.
You would be hard pressed to find another program like Studio One in the nation. The unique blend of student empowerment, real world credibility and attention to quality is rare in shows originating from a university campus. Open to all majors, it centers on business principles that help students gain experience that translates into skills, overreaching simply how to produce a television show. The program's themes center on professionalism, teamwork, quality and communication.
Control Room (1992): Studio One was first produced in Robertson Hall, one of the oldest buildings on campus. Studio One has since moved to the new Skalicky Tech Incubator
UND Television Center Director Barry Brode explains one of the greatest achievements is the progress the program has made through the years.
"When we started the program 25 years ago, we never anticipated the alumni network that would form," said Brode. "Now, with so many of our alumni in hiring positions, it's a great opportunity for our interns to connect with them. Our alumni know what's expected of students who participate in the program and that can benefit our interns who are entering the job market."
Studio One has achieved many milestones in the last 25 years, including more 663 regional and national awards. For the 2012-13 academic year, Studio One received 12 regional awards and 31 North Dakota Professional Communicators awards for the show and student work. Reporter and news anchor, Ali Strand, won first place in the nation from the Society of Professional Journalists. Her story about a nonprofit ranch that uses horses to help change lives advanced from the regional to national competition and won.
Studio One (2013): Since the creation of Studio One in the mid-80s, individual students and the show have received numerous awards, and more than 800 alumni have worked on the project in the past 25 years. The show can be seen across the Midwest and in southern Manitoba.
As part of the UND Spirit Campaign, Studio One awarded their first scholarship to intern Brian Gendreau last fall. This semester's scholarship went to current Studio One co-anchor, Anne Hook.
In addition to playing in North Dakota markets, the program also plays across the Midwest and in Winnipeg.
"We look forward to expanding into new markets in the years to come," said Brode.