WKAR-TV series features MSU marching band

Posted on: October 13, 2011

“Beneath the Pines: Inside the Spartan Marching Band” premieres Sunday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. on WKAR-TV. The series will be repeated the following Monday at 8 p.m. on WKAR World.

“Beneath the Pines” is an unprecedented look inside MSU’s Spartan Marching Band as it prepares and performs the 2011 season. From rehearsal through halftime to postgame, viewers follow 300 young people as they share an insider’s look into one of the greatest college marching bands.

The first episode centers on the first game, a night game over Labor Day weekend, and two students from the trumpet section as well as the band directors.

In each program viewers will be able to see the entire half-time performance which is normally lost on network TV due to the half-time spot breaks.

The series is produced by Jon Whiting, an academic specialist in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, charged primarily as an instructor for audio production courses in the department.

He is jointly appointed with the College of Music acting as an audio and video producer, editor and videographer. Whiting previously worked with the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, WDBM-FM, and MSU Extension. He has received numerous awards and a scholarship from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Professionally, Whiting has worked regularly with non-profit organizations in Michigan, implementing media production efforts ranging from still graphics to audio and video productions. He has worked on multiple documentary and short films in capacities of producer, editor, videographer, and audio production. Jon's specialty focus is the optimization of quality and price ratios in media production.

WKAR is part of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences and includes WKAR-TV, WKAR Radio, WKAR.org, WKAR Radio Reading Service, WKAR Radio Talking Book and Interactive Video Services.

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