Wilkes University


Wilkes University Students Are Game-Show Hosts in "Clash of the Colonels" on Nov. 9 and 16

Wilkes University communication studies students are becoming  game-show hosts on Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 as they produce their own minute-to-win-it style television program, “Clash of the Colonels.” Students enrolled in the communication studies class “Broadcast Production” are creating and recording their own 30-minute game show to be broadcast on WilkesNow, the student-run television station. It will be the first program to be recorded in the television studio since the opening of the Karambelas Media and Communication Center.

Two teams of two players each will pit men against women to compete in physical games, including “stack attack,” where contestants must stack and dismantle a set of 40 cups, and “M&M straw,” where players must move 40 M&M candies from one plate to the next. In the event of a tie, a game of “HeadsUp,” where players hold a card on their forehead and their teammate must describe the word to them, will serve as a tie-breaker. A prize will be given to the winning team.

Mark Stine, professor and chair of communication studies, said the assignment to create the show reflects the hands-on nature of the production classes in the Wilkes program.  “Our Broadcast Production course is a study of the principles and techniques of audio and video production, including audio principles & recording, acoustics, camerawork, switching, studio equipment, set design, directing, and producing. Studio Productions involve the entire class carefully planning and producing a 30-minute show that will air on the University's cable channel,” Stine explained. “The show will be recorded "live to tape," and is designed to challenge students to apply the classroom skills that they’ve learned in a professional studio environment.  It’s a great ‘hands on’ assignment for our students.”