Must See TV Here at West G.

Grant Allows TV Program to Expand Offerings


There is a time in most everyone’s life when she or he would like nothing more than to be on TV. If you’ve ever imagined being interviewed and fantasized about giving eloquent, perfect answers, or thought about putting together your own critically-acclaimed movie or TV show, you can hardly disagree. For many West G students, a career residing on screens and pushing “play” buttons is a dream they’d more than love to chase – and West G TV is the bustling HQ for such people. Delivering the news and, occasionally, clever skits, the club is a beacon for film-junkies, to-be-newscasters and tech-lovers, alike.

Mrs. Keli Klampe, English-teacher extraordinaire, is the director-in-chief. How does she have time between hundreds of essays to run such a club ?  “No idea!  Feels like at least 15 years…” she said, when asked how long it’s been up and running. For as long as it’s been around  – it all had to start somewhere. WGTV – West Geauga TV — was originally a television production class taught by current high school principal, Mr. Jay Bishop. Before that it was originally televised announcements, run by former media specialist, Mrs. Kathy Brown. It wasn’t – and isn’t — all easy skips and giggles, however. When asked if it was difficult getting people to join in the beginning, Mrs. Klampe said, “Not sure.  It’s still difficult.  Lots of enthusiastic students, but they are committed to many clubs and activities at West G.” Additionally, Mrs. Klampe said it’s not easy getting everyone to the meetings or following through on plans.

All is not grim and dark in the land of WGTV, however. They recently moved shop and received a whole slew of new equipment. “[We] got it through a grant that Ms. Thrasher and I wrote and were approved from the West G Education Foundation.  They were excited about upgrading our equipment (and eventually our studio) to benefit the whole student body.” It’s nice to hear that the clubs are being taken care of. The move is thought to be only temporary, though; their previous space is being renovated, so they might pack up shop and fly back north for the spring when that finishes up. Mrs. Klampe says to, “Stay tuned.”

While this is all very exciting, it’s the future of WGTV that has the proverbial – and literal – spotlight. Mrs. Klampe expects the club to soon return to its glory days as a full-blown class. According to her, “…we see it becoming a class again, getting students involved in many aspects of television production and covering various aspects of student life at West G.” With this news, you might be gearing up to head to their space when 5A hits and get behind a camera. Mrs. Klampe reports that you’ll learn useful skills like teamwork, organizing, planning, troubleshooting and problem-solving, as well as tech experience.

These skills are all very well and good, but some might be dissuaded by the words “TV production.” It isn’t a secret that television – though still one of the most widespread mediums out there – is a gradually dying media. It’s being replaced by online streaming, Youtube videos, Snapchat stories, and the like. After all, why wait to see it on the television when you can get the news right out of your pocket? Klampe has kept this in mind; she agrees that streaming may one day take the throne that television resides in today. Students will learn to use these streaming services in the club, also.

It’s no secret that the way we see the world is a direct effect of today’s media. After all, knowledge is power – not just the knowledge we have, ourselves, but the knowledge we share with others, as well. When it comes to preparing for the future, especially in an age where the media has become more and more influential, a club like this is a vital resource.

West Geauga is fortunate to have such dedicated people and a great program, making it a better place to learn.