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Area High-Schoolers Get Hands-On Experience with Public Access TV Show

October 09, 2018 06:24 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A number of north Iowa high school students are gaining firsthand media experience thanks to a collaboration between Iowa Big North and Osage Municipal Utilities.

Students have been working on news stories, music performances and other segments for "The O Show," which began running on OMU's local cable channel this fall.

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OMU's general manager Josh Byrnes said the idea was born out of a desire to fill empty space at their office next to Osage High School. After talking with the district, a partnership began.

"We kind of had this idea we’ve been toying around, is why don’t we have the students do their own TV show," Byrnes said, adding he had been looking for ways to add value to the community channel for subscribers.

After building a set and assembling a team, The O Show hit the air.

"At first I was a little skeptical about it but, after it aired I was more so relieved," Osage High School junior Nolan Byrnes, Josh Byrnes' son, said.

"I was anchoring the first week, so it was a little scary to hear my voice kind of on the air for the first time, but when it was finally up there and we got some feedback it was pretty relieving," Chase Halbach, also a junior, said of watching the first show air.

Regardless of if the students pursue a career in media, the elder Byrnes said they're learning valuable skills that will last a lifetime.

"Just to be able to get up in front of people and feel comfortable public speaking, you need that for any profession," he said.

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