First launched in 2005, “The Morning Wave,” was Ocean City High School’s own in-house production that aired live during homeroom. It was later additionally rebroadcast on UTTV and Access 97 Ocean City. The program served as much more than a simple read of the morning announcements. It moved at the same fast pace as the first eleven minutes of news during most local newscasts. In 2012 OC-TV re-branded the program to what is now known as the prime time magazine show “Current OC.”
On a daily basis, students are in the field gathering ideas and creating program content that airs. Students take on real-world positions just as they would if working at a professional station. The show is staffed by: producers, writers, editors, reporters, photojournalists, anchors, directors, technical directors, floor directors, studio camera operators, prompting assistants, CG operators, and audio engineers. It is produced entirely by students and it is student-staff that determines all program content. What makes our program so unique is the students’ desire to be creative. What you won’t find here, is “talking heads”. We offer an imaginative, highly entertaining news magazine, produced by the students for their peers and communities.
The Billows is the student-run newspaper publication from Ocean City High School that published its first edition in March of 1914. Named after the coastal region and the waves that crash along the beach, the early editions were small booklets. As the co-curricular organization grew, so did its distribution methods. By the mid ’90s The Billows was distributed via local newspaper, where it was included as a section of Ocean City’s Sentinel Ledger. Eventually Microsoft Publisher files were made accessible online and in 2012 the organization joined forces with the TV/Media program. This digital merger took the publication online without the need to download stories for the first time in its history. Today, interested student journalists write lifestyle features and other articles of interest to them that help spread awareness of happenings in both their school and community as online contributors here at www.oc-tv.org.
Past graduates have gone on to intern and work for: the Philadelphia Phillies Media Dept., MTV, NFL Films, NFL Network, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NBC-Universal, USA Network, TV Guide, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Late Show with David Letterman, Screen Gems Studios, WCVB, Beast Editorial, Olympic Broadcasting Services (London 2012), Film Nation Entertainment, Deluxe Entertainment, Comcast SportsNet, Discovery Communications, the Philadelphia Eagles, the San Francisco 49ers, and countless other organizations/media entities.
TV/Media at Ocean City High School is a part of School Choice. Students from outside districts can pursue their interests in media production by attending Ocean City High School’s award-winning, state-of-the-art television production curriculum. The video below was produced by advanced level students showcasing all the competitive school choice programs offered by Ocean City Schools.