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September 1, 2015
BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Dozens of Brunswick school students are learning real-life lessons in journalism. Roughly 40 students in grades 6 through 12 make up The Brunswick Educational Access Television Program or "The Beat."
Riley Haas is one of those students. Some of her stories have already made news in the local papers. Now, for the first time, Haas has started capturing community events with a camera.
Just recently, she spent part of her weekend covering the Brunswick Hills Township Fire Truck Housing Ceremony. The Township got two new trucks and it was Haas' idea to cover the story. "Coming up with ideas is kind of hard, especially because a lot of people have the same idea," said Haas.
The program started 15 years ago and now it is run entirely by the students. "I'm in charge of teaching first-year students about journalism," said sophomore Alexis Gemelas.
The students are required to produce six print and video stories a year. Some of those stories end up in local papers. The program and students have won national awards for their work.
Perhaps surprisingly, a good portion of students in the program don't want to be journalists. Gemelas, for example, wants to be a pediatrician. "Communication skills in any field is essential," said Gemelas.
Allison Rhoades is a junior and the technical manager. She teaches the younger students how to use the equipment and runs the show as a director. She has been in the program since she was in sixth grade. "When you think about it's amazing," said Rhoades.
The program is run through foundation grands and business sponsorships.
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By 'Sam' Boyer, Sun News
on February 08, 2015 at 12:50 PM
BRUNSWICK, Ohio - Every television personality looks forward to landmark moments for their shows and reaching 100 episodes is always epic.
It was only fitting that a big celebration marked the day Grant Relic, host of Cable Channel 22's Sports BEAT, reached his 200th episode anniversary on Feb. 7. Relic knew about the special day, but was surprised when he arrived at the studio to see the crew wearing special shirts in honor of the occasion. The surprises kept coming as representatives of the three major league sports in Cleveland arrived to join in the fun.
"Way back when," Relic explained, "Rich Nowak was football coach and athletic director. He came to me and said they were thinking of taping the home games to show on cable and wondered if I was interested in doing the games."
Relic attended all the games anyway so his answer was simple: "why not?" Mike Kukarola joined him as commentator.
Then, in 2001, he was approached about doing a sports show in the studio. The idea was to interview the football coach after the game and to bring athletes from all the sports to interview them. The rest is Brunswick Educational Access TV history.
"We started out taping the shows in the media center and that was fun," he said. "Every so often there would be a crackling interruption for an announcement. We had to stop until it was over and start again. Now, thanks to John Wasylko, we have this beautiful studio and shows are taped on Saturdays."
Relic, an attorney, is no stranger to sports. He was an outstanding athlete in high school and at the College of Wooster. Throughout his life, he has coached a number of sports at various levels. He was a founding member of the Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. He now serves as a member of Brunswick's board of education, as does Nowak.
"I'm a baseball guy," he admitted, noting he has been a season ticket holder for the Cleveland Indians for so many years, the seats cost just $8.
So when the first guests arrived, he was thrilled. It was Jim Rosenhaus, Cleveland Indians radio broadcaster, and Curtis Danburg, director of communications.
Following a 15-minute interview, the men presented Relic with a signed Michael Brantley jersey. Ironically, Relic had talked about Brantley being on the verge of stardom.
Then came basketball and the longtime "voice" of the Cavs, Joe Tait, came to chat. That was followed by the Browns, as former star, Greg Pruitt arrived.
A cake presented by staff member, Alexis Gemelas, included special thanks from sixth grade students who are BEAT reporters and wrapped up the day of surprises. The special 200th show will be on Cable Channel 22 on March 2. Schedules can be found at www.brunswickvideoprogram.org. It will also be online at thebeat/PEGcentral.com.
After all these years, Relic has the same attitude he had when the show began.
"It's just fun!"