OSWEGO, NY – Oswego High School teachers Stephen Cass and Mike McCrobie have made a commitment to WBUC.
Cass, a 1999 OHS graduate, has returned to the high school as a technology teacher and immersed himself in the program.
He said, â€œWhat Mike and I are doing with the program is to build upon what Bill Bellow and Tom Frawley did and put our own touches on the program to bring it to the next level with the new technology we have.â€
To kick off the year Cass went back to his days when WBUC was a major part of his life.
â€œI am trying toÂ get alumni of the program who are out in the real world in the TV, Video or film industry is to come back and give insight to the students on what WBUC meant to them and how it helped them getÂ to the point they are at now,â€ Cass said.
During the first two weeks of the new school year former Syracuse television reporter and current member of Step One Creative team Andrea Bullard and CNY Central producer Dan Scharfenberger came back to the WBUC studio to talk with the students.
Both talked about their day-to-day experiences in the media world, but noted that they received a tremendous foundation.
Cass noted, â€œI think itâ€™s important to let the students know how truly lucky they are to have a program like this and to take full advantage of the opportunities they have here.â€
Scharfenberger echoed the comments of the OHS teacher as he told students, â€œYou have a wonderful opportunity to create and have fun. You can do what you want in college and her at OHS. You can learn the basics and it will help you so much at the next step.â€
Students inquired about hours, how to schedule programs, salaries, time and family demands and how to get involved in sports and news.
Scharfenberger not only mentioned the value of WBUC, but also explained to the students that they â€œshould also have a strong background in English, writing, communication and be able to multi task.â€
Cass is looking to have a little more polish in the WBUC program. He said, â€œWe want to have a feel of professionalism including how to dress and portray yourself on camera, but also have fun and learn in the television program.â€
McCrobie, who is also the advisor to the award winning Buccaneer Bulletin said, â€œI hope to link the success of the school newspaper and its alumni network with WBUC. They are strands of communication – print and broadcast, and the more carry-over we can have, the better.â€
Oswego students are looking forward to a community and school involvement.
With the behind the scenes efforts of staff the future looks bright for the Oswego High School communications program.