CTV live with new leader

Dec 052010
Authors: Rachel Childs

CTV Channel 11 will sign in under a new station manager next year, and he has bold, new plans.

Rocky Mountain Student Media Corporation, RMSMC, announced Friday that junior journalism major Kyle Rasmussen will lead the award-winning student-run TV station in the 2011-2012 school year.

“All I can say is I am extremely excited to get started next year. I will represent the RMSMC and employees and volunteers at CTV, so to be hired as station manager is a huge accomplishment,” Rasmussen said in an e-mail to the Collegian.

Rasmussen started working at the station last year and became assistant chief editor after a semester. Since, he has been an anchor, participated in internships at the CBS affiliate in Denver and, under CASA Film, produced a video for incoming, undeclared students.

He was drawn to the station manager position because of his passion for CTV and the chance to couple his business minor with his major.

Community service is a new aspect that Rasmussen wants to explore. He plans on organizing new community outreach programs to benefit the Fort Collins community.

“I think he will be a great candidate for the position. He will bring a lot of management and new ideas that are needed at CTV,” said current Station Manager Zach Newton.

Rasmussen will also propose a plan to include non-news shows via student input and an organized selection process. Students will be able to pitch ideas, and CTV will evaluate them.

The station will provide a heavy emphasis on teaching new volunteers ways to use the equipment and foster a love for journalism and news production.

“CTV has done well in providing a welcoming environment in the past to new students, and I want to expand on that,” Rasmussen said.

This decision rounds out the hiring of RMSMC’s four new student leaders –– the Editor in Chief of College Avenue magazine, the Editor in Chief of the Collegian and station managers for KCSU and CTV –– who take over at the end of the spring semester.

“I think we have a really great crew of upcoming media heads, but then they have big shoes to fill,” said Larry Steward, president of RMSMC.

Crime Beat Reporter Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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