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TV Station Will Cover Fourth Fest Live from Beaver Stadium

by and on June 29, 2013 8:27 AM

For some, the Fourth of July offers a nice mid-week break, a chance to enjoy a lazy afternoon at the pool or the grill, capped off by some fireworks in the evening.

For the staff of WHVL in State College, the Fourth of July is one of the longest days of the year.

The station will broadcast the Central Pennsylvania Fourth Fest live. From 8 to 10 p.m., the station will cover it all — everything from the crowds and festivities to the fireworks.

“It's a huge undertaking for us,” explained WHVL director of programming and production John Stroh. “We're tied up. Everyone at the station is committed to the event for the better part of three days.”

The WHVL crew will be inside Beaver Stadium. That's mission control for the event. Stroh knows that he and his staff will take up temporary residence inside the stadium.

“Once we're in, we're there,” Stroh said with a laugh. “We've got places like Dairy Queen and Billy's BBQ feeding us … meals are being brought in. July 3 and 4, we're living there.”

Reporter Alex Rabb will be anchoring the live coverage. According to Stroh, she will be out among the masses, talking to those who are camped out near the stadium and ready for the annual fireworks show.

According to Rabb, the Fourth Fest is an event unlike any other.

“It's such a great event in this area that involves the whole community,” she said. “It's a day that's packed full with things to do for everyone of all ages.”

Since WHVL will go on the air live at 8, there's plenty of air time to fill before the actual fireworks show begins. During that time, Rabb will walk around and talk to those in the crowd.

“Once the sun sets, everyone young and old gets quiet with anticipation for the big booms in the sky,” Rabb noted.

According to Stroh, having Rabb among the masses adds something to the broadcast.

“Alex will be out there on the concourse doing interviews and talking to people,” he said. “Asking them how excited they are, what they're looking for, that type of thing.”

WHVL has broadcast live from Fourth Fest for the past couple of years. As the event has grown, the live broadcast has gained momentum as well.

“It's a big event,” Stroh said. “It's very exciting.”

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Chris Morelli is the managing editor of The Centre County Gazette.
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