Viking Broadcasting Open House Set


 Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 boasts a unique broadcasting program, where for decades young communicators have received hands-on experience producing, directing and being the on-air talent for daily news broadcasts and special projects. The program has jump-started the careers of creative professionals such as Ben Bradley (H-F '93), co-anchor and news reporter at WLS-TV Chicago; Dave Mitchell (H-F '74), WBBM News radio reporter; Bernie Kaminski (H-F '84), executive producer at VH1; and Christopher Horvath (H-F '92), a digital artist who has worked on several popular films, including Avatar, Star Trek and the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series. This school year Homewood-Flossmoor unveiled a newly redesigned station and classrooms for Viking TV and WHFH 88.5 FM radio, designed for educating the next wave of talented communicators.

The school has now planned a community open house for the new broadcasting studio, set for Wednesday, May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school's South Building. The open house will include studio demos, facility tours, refreshments, a 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and an opportunity to meet the faculty: Mark Ciesielski (TV) and Robert Comstock (radio).

The new station features an improved design, editing stations, green room and control room, completed October 2012. The entire studio has also received a new look with updated carpeting and furniture. The TV equipment now features high-definition capabilities, as well as a network system that will speed up the flow of production on a daily basis.