John O’Leary is a #1 national bestselling author, speaker and podcast host. Expected to die at the age of nine, John now teaches others how to truly live by telling their stories and embracing who their are as individuals. On this episode, John shares his story of being burned as a boy and the inspiration he received to live from the legendary voice of St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck. John talks about his new book, In Awe, as well as his first book, On Fire, and the impact he chooses to make for himself, his family, his community, and all those he is blessed to encounter. John's vulnerability, motivation, passion, and life lessons for our students during this show will resonate with young people and adults alike.
Ladue alum Shardé Sargeant is an Emmy Award winning producer, writer, and filmmaker. Shardé worked her way up from answering phones at ABC News, to working as an Associate Producer, ending up as the Developing Producer for Robin Roberts, co-host of the top-rated Good Morning America show. On this episode, Shardé takes us through her journey and the lessons she learned every step of the way, including the importance of writing and that, "someone is always watching, so act with urgency," she said. Shardé also told the story of the segment she produced when Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from the NBA and using the philosophy of "logistics, creative, and execution" to pull off an amazing interview between Robin and Kobe. Shardé shared stories she produced of the Obamas visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the story of a "hidden figure" at the US Navy, which is truly an emotional segment, and prompted action from others. Shardé offered so many media lessons, such as enthusiastically pitching stories, as well as life lessons, such as networking, which any aspiring journalist or filmmaker will want to hear.
Joe Buck is the #1 national play-by-play broadcast announcer for FOX sports. Joe is also the proud son of Hall of Fame sportscaster Jack Buck. Joe has won numerous Sports Emmy Awards for his work with Fox Sports, including his roles as lead play-by-play announcer for the network's National Football League, including Super Bowls, as well Major League Baseball coverage, and the World Series. Joe is a three-time recipient of the National Sportscaster of the Year award and he has served as the play-by-play announcer for the World Series since 1996.
On this episode, Joe shares what life is like during quarantine and his thirst for play-by-play announcing. Joe also spoke about preparing for an NFL game, guarding against going too crazy in the booth during his biggest moments, the criticism he takes on social media (and his supposed hate of certain teams,) and how he handles it all. Joe shares incredible advice for our broadcast students by discussing how listening and watching your own work is a must and about being proud of your work, without seeking validation.
This show offers a wonderful peak inside Joe's ascension from a young announcer for KMOX Radio in St. Louis, to broadcasting the most watched sports games on television, and the obligation Joe feels to use his platform to serve the greater good.
Tom Mee Jr. is an acclaimed, award-winning Television Director for St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Tom has worked his way through the business as a camera operator, stage manager and television producer for the Minnesota Twins and joined the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast team in 1988. Since then he has been an integral part of one of baseball’s highest-rated telecasts. Tom has also directed most other major sports on the network, regional and local levels and is an Emmy Award winner several times over. On this episode, Tom shares his insights into directing a Cardinals baseball broadcast, his all-time favorite memory from a game, his favorite Cardinals players, and working with Dan McLaughlin, Ricky Horton, Jack and Joe Buck. Tom also talked about the specific details of his director's job in his book Cutting the Game, how he prepares for games, and the importance of having a close relationship with the broadcast announcers, and the Cardinals team in general. This show is filled with amazing video highlights to match the stories Tom shared throughout the show.
Steve Douglass grew up in St. Louis and now teaches New Media at Lake Forest High School. Steve truly wants to help students tell stories beyond his classroom, so he created showNtellmystory, an App that helps students tell their personal story. On this episode, Steve and I discuss a fabulous free, summer-intensive program for students to join St. Louis Summer Stories. Born out of the idea in Chicago the past two years, Summer Stories has now branched out to St. Louis. We looking for rising high school seniors to apply for this is incredible opportunity to work directly with peers from different parts of our city, alongside members of the team from WeMakeMovies, by using the latest in Apple technologies, to tell essential stories that represent the St. Louis community. Steve shared that this program allows every student to learn to tell their story visually, not only because it will be an essential skill going forward, but it's an important self-reflection tool that helps everyone see the relevance and context of their learning.
Ladue alum Tom Ostertag is a Broadcast Engineer at KMOV4 News in St. Louis, MO.
Tom is the mastermind working behind the scenes to make sure the control room, live remotes, cameras, and all things technical are working, in place, and available for news reporters to do their jobs properly so the station is a success. On this episode, Tom goes into detail explaining how remote broadcasting is occurring during the coronavirus pandemic. Tom also talks about the inner workings of a large-scale television production, such as the local 4th of July and Thanksgiving Day parades. Plus, Tom is an avid collector of broadcast technology dating back into the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and he shows us his home studio and film room. Tom's home is also not your traditional house, but you'll have to watch this show to hear about and see the unique living accommodations for Tom and his family.
Ladue alum Dena Goldstein is a communications professional, with extensive experience in writing, editing, multimedia production, social media management, and podcasting. Dena wrote in her bio "my high school teacher asked me to create a video for an organization that helps women with postpartum depression (Mother to Mother). The video was so touching that there wasn’t a dry eye at the showing. From then on, I knew my life’s purpose was to use communications as a vehicle to move people, from tears to donating to investing in an idea, product or service." On this episode, Dena talks about the types of media she produces for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association in Austin, TX. Dena gave phenomenal advice to students about following their passions, whether it's in writing, video production, or creating podcasts. Dena offers incredibly insightful thoughts about her career path into being a full-time media maker and what's next in her future.
Ladue alum Jeremy Cropf is an Emmy award winning Creative Services Director for Cascade Public Media (PBS) in Seattle, WA. Jeremy has produced and edited programs for PBS and American Public Television (APT). On this episode, Jeremy shares his experiences from working on Sesame Street, as well as volunteer work with Three Dollar Bill Cinema, which strengthens, connects, and reflects diverse communities through queer film and media. He also talks about his feature length film, "Casualties of the State" streaming on Amazon video.
14 year-old Terry produced this news package interviewing his dad to find out what Media Makers is all about. Terry shot this video all on his iPhone 11 Pro, used some BRoll from his dad, and edited his very first project in Final Cut Pro X. In the video, Don explains the purpose of Media Makers and you will get a behind the scenes look at his rather interesting, makeshift home studio.
What is Media Makers?
Don Goble, the Broadcast Technology Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, MO, created a speaker series titled, Media Makers. Don interviews his former Ladue High School alumni now working in the media business, as well as some of my professional media maker friends. Using Zoom, Don's students are invited to participate live to ask questions, or watch the video after. Students are asked to research important facts about these professionals, blog about what they learned, and then find one to two stories these professionals produced, or collaborated on, to write about in their personal blogs, along with an image(s) related to the story.
Don hopes his students will be inspired to learn more from these professionals to improve their own practice when they can leave their homes and tell stories again from the field.
Malia Bruker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Florida State University, and she is also the director of "Chase" the film we profile in this show of Media Makers. While the film "Chase" began production in 2009 and was only release six years ago, the premise, technology, and storytelling are incredibly relevant during our societies pandemic isolation. On this episode, we dive deep into the storytelling, themes, motivations, and goals of this incredible short film and relate to today's realities. We also spoke about the incredible program offered at Florida State University for students to explore non-fiction filmmaking, such as documentaries, as well as a robust sports media program for students to cover Seminole sports hands-on.
Alluvium (2018) HD video, documentary, TRT 10:48
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