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Marquette University Television

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Johnston Hall, 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave. #424
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233
CityMilwaukee, WI
ChannelsAnalog: 4 (CCTV - Cable)
Digital: 4-1
AffiliationsmtvU, Marquette Wire
OwnerMarquette University
Call letters' meaningMarquette
WebsiteMUTV on the Marquette Wire

Marquette University Television (MUTV) is a student television station at the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University. The students produce shows nightly (Monday - Wednesday), from each departments: Entertainment, Sports, and News. The station is seen as a valuable learning tool for students to find what they enjoy and hone their skills within the context of a television station. Packages and broadcasts are retransmitted over the channel as well as available on-demand at MarquetteWire.org.


Marquette University Television was chartered by Marquette University in 1976 and is a registered student organization with the Marquette University Student Government and Office of Student Development. MUTV was formed through the diligent work of Bob Turner, former head of the Instructional Media Center, students Steve Olson and George Wensel, and other students and Marquette faculty and staff. Kenneth Shuler, a former engineer, is legend for making MUTV possible by running the campus cable system. As the story goes, during the night Ken would go to work running cables through offices and in tunnels under Wisconsin Avenue. Many of the original engineers died in a plane crash in the 70's that nearly crippled the program's success. George Wensel, who later went on to be a major force in sports telecasts and has a Sports Emmy Award named in his honor, died in a drowning accident in 1995. Ken, Bob, and George live on through the annual scholarships awarded to creative and innovative broadcasting students.

Since 2014 MUTV has been a part of the Marquette Wire, Marquette's student media organization, along with the Marquette Tribune (newspaper), MUR (radio), and Marquette Journal (magazine).

In 2017 a renovation of the second floor of Johnston Hall began. Expecting to be completed in the fall of 2018, the new facilities include student media executive office spaces, a newsroom overlooking Wisconsin Avenue, a brand new, state-of-the-art control room, refreshed television studio space, a virtual studio space, updated video switcher and other broadcast equipment, an on-air MUR radio studio, and an off-air podcasting studio. These facilities will be mainly used by student media, however they are available to the entire college of communication to use.


MUTV occasionally runs special programs during the year.

  • Marquette University Student Government Election Show - The day of the annual MUSG election, MUTV produces a one-hour newscast featuring packages and live interviews with the President and EVP candidates.
  • Marquette Presidential Address - MUTV broadcasts the annual Presidential Address.


General managers[edit]

MUTV was started by students and continues to be student run. It is led by the General Manager, as selected by the Student Media Board at the end of each academic year. As of 2014, MUTV is an outlet of the Marquette Wire, Marquette Student Media. The current General Manager is Tara Schumal.


MUTV production is based out of the second floor of Johnston Hall at Marquette University.

Studio 7[edit]

Studio 7 is a 2-story, 30' x 45' sound stage with fifteen mobile lighting grids for easy light placement and focusing. The room once served as the university library, and a spiral staircase and platforms remain.

Studio 6[edit]

Studio 6 is a single-story, 20' x 25' studio with a stationary lighting grid. In the summer of 2017 a wrap-around green screen cyc wall was installed, preparing for the installation of Ross Video virtual set technology.


In the early days of MUTV, Big Fred and Little Fred were the remote trucks that enabled MUTV to go off and shoot events like Marquette Men's Basketball. The trucks were hand-built by the engineers and students and Big Fred, specifically, was a used bread truck. MUTV broadcast Men's Basketball on a tape delay since a microwave transmitter was not available. 3/4" tape was driven from the Milwaukee Arena to Johnston Hall. A microwave transmitter was eventually purchased, but it was almost immediately struck by lightning and rendered useless. The trucks were valuable assets to the program, though, were difficult to maintain. One day Big Fred and Little Fred were driven away and were never returned. In the late 70's remotes were done from the Haelfer Sports complex, Wilson Park ice arena and the mall in front of LaLumere.

A remote fly-pack was built at the start of the 2006-2007 school year, utilizing equipment replaced during that summer's digital upgrade. The kit was a valuable tool for MUTV, allowing them to do remotes once again. The kit has traveled to the Al McGuire Center, Bradley Center, Weasler Auditorium, Varsity Theater, and Alumni Memorial Union to broadcast sporting events, political debates, and other events. The students utilized both the equipment in the fly-pack and equipment in the Johnston Hall control rooms (video and CG support) to make the broadcasts successful. Video is sent to Johnston Hall over a network of fiber optic converters placed in key buildings on the Marquette campus. A telephone link between intercom systems allows seamless communication between the remote and Johnston Hall.

The remote fly-pack was eventually upgraded with an Blackmagic Design ATEM production switcher, enabling HD broadcasting remotely. As the facilities in Johnston Hall were still standard definition, remote broadcasts weren't able to utilize that equipment. In the fall of 2017, MUTV acquired a Comrex LiveShot to enable remote cameras as well as an easier way to route remote broadcasts back to Johnston Hall. With the HD upgrade coming with the Johnston Hall renovations in the fall of 2018, remote broadcasts will again use the control room in Johnston Hall.


MUTV utilizes Public-access television cable TV channel 4.1 on the Time Warner Cable feed to the Marquette campus. MUTV operates on channel 4.1 Monday through Thursday, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. mtvU is aired on the channel during off-air hours.

MUTV launched their first Video-on-Demand service in fall of 2003. Shortly after, the project was suspended due to workflow inefficiencies. The service was revived in spring of 2007, taking the form of a UFO-based Flash Video player. In February 2008, MUTV acquired access to one of the University's QuickTime Streaming Servers and thus converted their Video on Demand Service to QuickTime. An ongoing initiative to have all MUTV shows available in Video-on-Demand is continued by the Programming/Distribution Department. In 2008, MUTV purchased a Mac Pro to handle the duties of putting content online on the MUTV Website and YouTube. As of 2017, all video packages and shows are uploaded to YouTube and embedded on the Marquette Wire website.

A live stream of MUTV programming is available in the All-Access player at MarquetteWire.org.


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