It was supposed to be a nice, seasonal feature highlighting the perks of cutting down your own Christmas tree instead of purchasing a pre-cut fir from a lot. But what took Hoover High School’s film crew an entire day to produce was wiped out in seconds.
“We actually went to a place where you can chop down your own Christmas tree, did a whole day of shooting, and then somebody by accident recorded over it because [the tape] wasn’t labeled correctly,” on-air reporter Cain Buckler, 17, said.
It was just one of several learning-on-the-job experiences for a dozen Hoover students who have spent the last several months developing the high school’s television show, “Tornado TV,” set to air this weekend for the first time.
The inaugural episode, which will be broadcast 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Glendale education channel, Channel 15, will include an interview with NBA great Jerry Chambers, as well as features on the dangers of texting while driving, school spirit, and the recent drama production. It can also be viewed on the “Tornado TV” YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/thetornadotimes.