Director of Albany Student Television
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My name is J.B. Biunno and I am the Director of Albany Student Television. My hometown is East Meadow, NY, though I have also lived in Middletown and Queens. I currently reside on Empire Commons at the University at Albany where I devote myself to ATV's success.
I graduated East Meadow High School in 2006 and my school of choice was the University at Albany, SUNY. My first two years at UAlbany consisted of a persistent search to find a career path. After finding success in the Communication major, it was an e-mail from Albany Student Television that changed everything.
ATV Director Joe Bonilla and Assistant Director John 'Mel' Dias were searching for cast and crew members to assist them in revitalizing Albany Student Television. I auditioned and ended up assisting Joe Bonilla's ATV administration as the Associate Director for Sports Programming and Special Events. I became the Executive Producer of "SportsReport;" the first television program dedicated to UAlbany athletics in SUNY Albany history. By the end of my Junior year, I was ready to continue Joe's revolutionary work as I was elected as the Director of Albany Student Television for the 2009-2010 academic year.
In the 2009-2010 year, Albany Student Television became one of the largest and most successful student organizations at UAlbany. We officially opened the ATV Office (located in Campus Center Room 326) with industry-standard equipment to produce our programming. We launched the official ATV website at ATVAlbany.com and expanded our outreach to not only off-campus students, but across the globe as well. I founded and became the Director of the UAlbany Field Reporting Program; a UAlbany class that instructs students on how to be a field reporter.
I personally instruct the 15-student class twice a week on broadcast journalism ethics and field reporting expertise. Last Spring, we partnered with students from the Broadcast Meteorology department to launch ATV 360 Weather, the first televised weather segment in University at Albany history. After achieving these accomplishments and more, Albany Student Television is now among the top student-run television networks in New York State.
After our award-winning year, the administration decided to award channel 16 to Albany Student Television! This year (and hopefully for years to come) ATV's student-produced programming will broadcast 24-7 to dorms and on-campus apartments via our new home, channel 16.
With another big year planned, expect to see the ATV revolution continue to take UAlbany by storm!
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