Article By: Dale Kuska
The story of NPS is about to be shared to more than 18 million viewers across the country and internationally when “Inside NPS” debuts on the Pentagon Channel on Friday, March 5. The television program will be a monthly 30-minute broadcast that features a wide range of university news, from research projects and student efforts to distinguished visitors and faculty honors.
“This television broadcast presents a wonderful opportunity for our university to consistently share the NPS story to a vast audience. I have previewed this inaugural broadcast, it is quite impressive,” said NPS President Dan Oliver. “I have often heard NPS referred to as one of our nation’s ‘best kept secrets’ by those who become familiar with us, this program will help remove that dubious distinction.”
“Inside NPS” is being spearheaded by Alan Richmond, NPS Director of Media, Marketing and Community Relations. In his current position, Richmond serves as the campus’ primary contact for all external news media coverage, but now brings an entirely new level of exposure to the university.
“For the past year I’ve been working closely with leadership and producers at the Pentagon Channel in Washington in an attempt to secure a regular monthly half-hour time slot for a new NPS feature to be aired as a part of their regular programming schedule,” Richmond said, who will serve as both producer and host of the program along with Videographer Keith Wells. “We’re very pleased to see this effort finally come to fruition.
“This is a rare opportunity to reach a multitude of audiences around the globe,” Richmond said. “The show will be placed in a specific time-slot monthly, but will also be repeated multiple times throughout the month in additional time periods. It will also be broadcast on Public Television Stations across the country, multiplying coverage to a civilian audience by unimaginable numbers.”
Richmond says he encourages faculty, students and staff across campus to contact him with suggestions for content. “This program gives us access to tell our story in a quality television medium that we’ve not been able to utilize previously. We’ll be gathering content for the show and scheduling filming and interviews on a continuing basis,” he said. “And we have the ability to react quickly and in a timely fashion with regard to current events or breaking news NPS may be involved with, such as the Hastily Formed Networks team’s deployment to Haiti.” Richmond can be contacted at 831-656-3649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program can be viewed locally on Comcast cable channel 28, will air on Access Monterey Television approximately six times per month, and will be streamed at www.pentagonchannel.mil.
The Pentagon Channel’s programming includes in-depth coverage of senior defense officials and news of U.S. military activities around the world. Original documentaries provide coverage of real-world operations, missions and events highlighting the accomplishments of military men and women across the services. The Pentagon Channel is distributed via satellite to over 350 DoD facilities as well as to U.S. satellite and cable providers, and broadcasts to over 177 countries around the world.