Armand Larive Middle School

The story behind ALTV

Armand Larive [LAR-vee] Television (ALTV) is the student-produced video program of Armand Larive Middle School (ALMS) in Hermiston, Oregon. ALTV is open to all eligible 7th and 8th graders. As a prerequisite, students must complete a nine-week course on video news production. Eligibility thereafter is based on a history of trustworthiness, a strong work ethic, and citizenship. No auditions are required.

ALTV produces three programs:
-- ALTV News (1 or 2 times per month)
-- Morning announcements (daily)
-- Livestreaming of school and community events​​
The original ALTV began in 1997 under the direction of school counselor Andy Bowers. Using primitive equipment, the show aired brief live announcements every Friday on a closed circuit television system. Shortly after Mr. Bowers' departure in 2010, the equipment failed, and the show was suspended. No recordings of the original show are known to exist.

In 2012 the show returned as a class elective in a completely revamped format. With 30 students, one camera, and one microphone, the new ALTV premiered on January 30, 2012, making its worldwide debut on SchoolTube. These weekly shows were primarily a mixture of school announcements, news stories, and 'skits.'

In January 2013, ALTV joined U.S. Education TV and became an affiliate of the Student Television Network (STN). In March 2013, ALMS was recognized as Best Middle School with a $5,000 award from U.S. Education TV. This award money was used to upgrade equipment to prepare for livestreaming. ALTV's first live program over the internet took place on May 28, 2013.

In late 2013, the ALTV show became more structured. Skits were phased out and a greater emphasis was placed on storytelling. Gradually, 'ALTV' became 'ALTV News,' and the school announcements were moved to the new 'Morning Announcements' program. In addition, ALTV began to livestream home athletic events, including a few high school games. Today, ALTV livestreams more than 70 events or 100 hours of programming per year.

In March 2016, 11 ALTV students attended the STN Convention in Atlanta. This was the first time ALTV had participated in the convention since joining STN in 2013. In April 2016, ALTV moved its programming from U.S. Education TV to the new ESE Networks platform.

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