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Texas Student Television, is one of the most exciting student media operations in the country because it is the only student-run, FCC licensed, digitally broadcasting television station in the entire country. Working with a broadcast adviser, the remainder of the staff is made up completely of students who makes all decisions about programming, use of equipment, marketing, outside production projects and the direction of the station. The students also offer classes to prospective staff members and student volunteers who are interested, and this experience often gives TSTV students an advantage in the gaining admission to upper level broadcast courses whether in Journalism or in Radio Television & Film. Opportunities abound in marketing, management, news and programming. Most station staff positions are paid, and the station manager receives an in-state tuition and fee scholarship.
Texas Student Television is one of the five media branches that make up Texas Student Media. This is the body that oversees The Daily Texan, The Cactus Yearbook, KVRX 91.7FM, and The Texas Travesty. Texas Student Media gave Texas Student Television a defined place in the UT hierarchy.
In 1994 TSTV was granted stewardship of the LPTV "Low Power Television" license by the University of Texas. LPTV construction was funded by a special fee allocation authorized by the student body. In 1995 TSTV began broadcasting via channel 9 and dorm channel 15 as KVR-TV (call letters, "K09VR").
In 2009, the Texas Student Media Board voted in favor of setting aside $50,000 in addition to the $47,000 already raised by the station for the purchase of a digital transmitter for TSTV. In January 2010, TSTV began transmitting digitally on antenna channel 29.1— while still broadcasting to on/off campus dorms around the University of Texas.
Texas Student Television became an affiliate of the FUSE Music Network and also agreed to set aside programming time for the Bloomberg News Network. Texas Student Television is one of the best college television stations in the nation. TSTV has been nominated for numerous College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) awards. In 2004 TSTV show ATX Most Wanted won a CBI for “Best VJ” and most recently in 2010 TSTV Live Sports Production won a CBI for “Best Live Sports Production- University of Texas Volleyball vs. Kansas State.”
After only three training classes, students will get the opportunity to get hands on experience in every aspect of the television business and many students will say that the skills they learned and developed at Texas Student Television taught them just as much as many of their classes and the experience here has made them much more prepared to enter the workforce.