Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any experience?

No. WOLV encourages participation from individuals regardless of prior experience, and in fact encourages it. WOLV is a great place to grow your TV resume if you had experience in high school. We’re also a fantastic place to start your career, if you have not yet started.

What is the time commitment?

WOLV does not demand any time commitment from casual members. Much more is expected of producers and members of WOLV’s Executive Board, but of course, those people chose to take on the greater responsibilities.

If you are considering joining WOLV, but only have two hours per week, there is a place for you here. If you are considering joining WOLV and have 10 hours a week to give, WOLV encourages that as well!

How can I become a member of WOLV?

Just email WOLV! Shoot an email to wolv@umich.edu or anyone affiliated with the station. We always welcome new members and are more than willing to help get you on-board.

Can I start my own show?

WOLV-TV is always open to new shows. There is a specific pilot approval process, including pitching the show to the Executive Board, which generally answers most of the questions that a prospective producer might have about making their TV dream a reality. If you have an idea, then simply e-mail wolv@umich.edu. There is a lot of flexibility for getting a new show started, but it hinges on the commitment of the show’s producer to see the final product put together.

Can I work in more than one department?

Definitely. WOLV-TV encourages its members to get involved anywhere they’re interested.

How soon can I be on-air?

This question does not have a specific answer. If you come to a show consistently and have a strong desire to be on-air, it should not take long for you to gain an opportunity, but each show has different opportunities because of their varied structure. We encourage anyone who joins to learn all aspects of television production. As previous and current members will tell you, learning multiple skills looks great on a job resume and will help you secure your dream internship or job!

Who watches WOLV?

WOLV-TV airs original, student-produced content 24 hours a day, seven days a week on channel 57 in all University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, residence halls. In addition, WOLV has a large presence online, both on youtube, vimeo, on twitter and on facebook. Finally, WOLV’s partnership with the Big Ten Network allows for the work of WOLV students to be seen multiple times a week in 70+ million homes…nationwide!

Can WOLV help me get an internship?

Many WOLV members have used their experiences and networking skills here to attain internships both in the summer and during the academic year. The skills that our members receive at WOLV help them to understand what it takes to be successful in the television industry, and WOLV members are respected by the industry. In recent years, we have interned at Turner Sports, ABC News (NYC and DC), Big Ten Network, ESPN, CNN, WXYZ-TV, WJBK- TV, WDIV-TV, ABC News Miami, Fox Sports Detroit, and with NBC Sports Olympic coverage, among countless other opportunities.

What type of equipment does WOLV use?

WOLV-TV uses industry-standard digital equipment including Final Cut Pro, Panasonic DVX100 DV Camcorders, a fully functional control room complete with DV and DVD Playback, green screen chroma-key technology and much more.

Can I receive academic credit for working with WOLV?

There are ways for WOLV to count for academic credit, but WOLV does not arrange for those opportunities. If you are interested in receiving academic credit for your work at WOLV, we suggest that you contact your academic advisor for more information.

Can I be paid for working with WOLV?

WOLV is an unpaid experience, as we are as student organization on campus. However, WOLV’s partnership with the Michigan Athletic Department and the Big Ten Network allows students to be paid for the work. For more information on that program, visit the link at the top entitled, “Big Ten Network Student U.”

How long has WOLV been around?

WOLV-TV started during the 1994-1995 academic year, when a couple of students were shocked to learn that the prestigious University of Michigan did not have a student television station. Led by Danny Schwab (President), Scott Doyne (Vice-President), and Jeff Holzhausen (Sports Director), WOLV’s main aim was to get the project off the ground. Because WOLV did not have a studio, the main focus of production was airing Michigan Ice Hockey games. Since the first year, WOLV has grown to three on-air departments, ten shows, and dozens upon dozens of faithful crew members.

How can I advertise on WOLV?

If you are interested in advertising on WOLV-TV, please check out the Service: Advertising page of our website. There you will find all of the necessary information and contact names to begin advertising on WOLV. For any additional questions, email wolv@umich.edu.