Student Television

In 1983 a small group of UNC—Chapel Hill students interested in television production formed Student Television. They received a loan from the university and borrowed equipment from the Department of Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures to get started. The initial shows were feature stories broadcast on a local cable channel and were viewable only by students living in Granville Towers or in fraternity and sorority houses, as the dorms did not yet have cable. Within a year Student Television membership had grown to more than 150 students. The best-known program is the long-running soap opera General College, which debuted in January 1987 and continues today. The network offers a variety of other programs, including Off the Cuff, a sketch comedy show that also premiered in 1987. Many former Student Television members have gone on to careers in the TV or movie industry, including actors Billy Crudup and Dan Cortese and ESPN anchor Stuart Scott.