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Benjamin Rogers - Directing in the WNIT-TV Control Room - South Bend, Indiana Television

The Client – WNIT- TV

  • 2013 – Current
  • Production Tech | Producer, Director, Floor Director, Camera Operator, Audio Operator, Teleprompter Operator, Production Assistant, Master Control Operator.

Studio television production isn’t always one of the bullet points on a resume of experience. I was fortunate enough to spend time as a student intern, freelancer, and employee at WNIT-TV in South Bend, Indiana. 

As a student intern, I began running the teleprompter and operating the smooth-rolling studio cameras. I was later hired on as a freelancer and began to floor direct a number of the in-studio shows. I then received the main assignment, as the Director for Experience Michiana w/ Gordy Young. This was a weekday, prime time show that served as the flagship production for the PBS affiliate. I directed this show until Gordy’s departure and the show’s move to a field produced format. 


After some time as a freelancer, I was hired on as a station employee. I was trained as both a sign-on and sign-off Master Control Operator. (Due to this, I am probably among the last few television professionals in Indiana to play out shows live on old-school tapes!) During that period I also was a Producer for Politically Speaking, a long-running live program that airs weekly on the station. Although I no longer am employed by WNIT, I continue there as a freelancer, picking up the odd shoot now and again. I’m happy to keep my feet wet inside the broadcast pool.  

SNAPSHOTS – Downtown Goshen & A Walk Along the Millrace

These two snapshot videos were among the several projects I produced and worked on for WNIT Public Television. The first piece focuses on the vibrant downtown area of Goshen, IN. From historic architecture, bustling storefronts to a growing arts scene there is something for everyone in Goshen. The second showcases the city’s millrace. Completed in 1868, the Goshen Dam and Millrace were designed to provide power to the growing community.

Hitting the Cut Button - Television Mixing Board
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