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Armstrong Jr./Sr. High School is home to ASD-TV & the TV studio of the Armstrong School District.
The studio is located on the first floor of the Armstrong Jr./Sr. High School.
Studio Manager
Don Swanson
Armstrong Jr./Sr. High School
300 Buffington Drive
Kittanning PA, 16201
Phone: 724-548-7600 x1846
Studio Mission Statement
The mission of Armstrong School District’s TV studio is to provide students with hands-on educational experiences that will help facilitate, and build upon the skills they learn in TV Production classes offered at the district’s high schools.  This will be obtained by  exposing students to professional grade equipment that is on par with most colleges and universities in the region.  We strive to create a safe learning environment, and form good working relationships with the community and area leaders.

The district’s former TV studio, which was located at Kittanning Junior High School, got it's start because of a generous donation of high-tech, professional equipment that Armstrong County Community Television of Worthington made in 2003. The district renovated two classrooms to provide space for the equipment in the Summer of 2004.  When that building was closed, a new, state-of-the-art TV Studio was built in the fall of 2015, as part of the opening of Armstrong Jr./Sr. High School.  The studio, and its rooms, now form a media wing on the first floor of the building with dedicated rooms for different aspects of TV Production, which were not available before.  The spaces consist of a regular classroom, a dedicated editing room, complete with 12 editing stations, an equipment storage and sign-out room, facility office, dedicated control room, and the actual studio space.  The entire area was designed and organized, in a cooperative effort, by Chris Garritano, the districts Multi-Media Technician, and TV Production teacher Don Swanson.  The studio is now outfitted with brand new, digital equipment, providing students with the realistic process and atmosphere of a professional studio.

Currently students from both Armstrong, and West Shamokin High Schools, come to the studio on a rotating basis to produce “Education Today,” a weekly TV show broadcast throughout the region. The students arrive first thing in the morning on production day, and produce a two different shows, including “Education Today” and "Talon Talk".  They get hands-on instruction, which emphasizes both the theory behind what they’re doing and the practical techniques on how to do it.  This is supplemented by the real-world experiences of the teaching staff; TV Studio/News (Mr. Garritano), and film making (Mr. Swanson).

Students learn seven key positions as well as several additional support positions. These include camera operators, a floor manager, a teleprompter operator, an audio mixer, a camera switcher, an assistant to the director and several grips, or aides. The students rotate between these positions after each show to learn how all the positions work together for this live-to-tape broadcast.

Students also use the studio during and after the instructional day to produce and edit their own multimedia projects. These include short videos for competitions, educational projects for their respective high schools, and video glimpses at the lighter side of high school student life. This extracurricular work gives the students the opportunity to use additional equipment that is not typically used for the “Education Today” programming, such as a “green screen” used to superimpose different backgrounds, and more advanced elements of the video switching system. This and other high-tech equipment at the studio makes the possibilities limitless at ASD-TV.
The new AHS-TV Studio through the construction process.