Canisius Students Produced Episodes of Bragging Rights

Students in Dr. Barbara Irwin’s “Broadcasting in America” class produced four episodes of WBBZ-TV’s Bragging Rights, which pits two teams of three against one another in a race to answer trivia questions on a variety of subjects.

“I wanted my students to have the opportunity to work on real-world projects so I wanted them to actually see broadcasting at work,” said Dr. Irwin, Professor of Communication Studies.

Dr. Irwin reached out to various contacts at local television stations to determine if there was any interest in the project. After a brief conversation with WBBZ-TV’s John Di Sciullo, it was determined that the students would produce episodes of Bragging Rights, a local trivia gameshow.

“I was familiar with the show and I knew Jon would be a great person to work for,” said Dr. Irwin.

The students produced four episodes of Bragging Rights. They wrote all of the trivia questions, organized teams from the Canisius community, made cue cards, and much more. During breaks between the episodes, students had the opportunity to learn how to operate cameras and the switchboard in the control room.

The episodes of the show aired in late November and early December. Other students in Dr. Irwin’s class also worked on an interview with a local band for WEDG The Edge and a news broadcast for WGRZ. All of the projects provided the students with direct, hands-on experience in broadcasting.

“I was really proud of the students in my class. They stepped up and did a wonderful job. I hope they learned a lot about broadcasting,” said Dr. Irwin.