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New Master Control Operator is Telecom grad

Darrick White at computer
Darrick White poses in front of his computer screens showing the broadcast server scheduling program.
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Darrick White is NNPS-TV's new Master Control Operator. As such, he is responsible for programming the channel with educational and informational shows for NNPS students and the entire Newport News community.

NNPS-TV programming includes everything from educational series to NNPS-TV-created shows about our schools to School Board meetings to high school graduations.

Educational shows about math, science, history, cultures, poetry, Spanish, and more air on NNPS-TV throughout the day and night, but that is not the full extent of the offerings. NNPS-TV has its own production team, which deploys to various schools daily, gathering video and information about NNPS initiatives and the different types of learning that students engage in every day.

After the video is edited and made into a show, White "ingests" it into the broadcast server, then painstakingly schedules it along with all the other shows.

The same thing happens for student works. Telecom students enrolled in TV Production classes also create content that can be used on the channel.

What's showing

NNPS-TV Program Guide

It's White's job to balance all the different types of content and make NNPS-TV's programming varied and enjoyable. He also manages the video archive library.

White is a graduate of the NNPS Telecommunications program himself, attending in the late 1990's and graduating from Warwick High School. As a Telecom student, he was part of the team that won a national video award from the Florida Department of Citrus. Their entry won the "Best Original Words and Music Award." White was an actor in the orange-juice themed music video, playing a mob boss called Mr. OJ.

He also participated in VICA, now known as SkillsUSA. He and his team won first place for their Live on Site video package.

White went to Virginia State University. He interned with Genesis TV-7 and then enjoyed a long career at Tribune Broadcasting/WTKR from 2001 to 2019. There he was the Assistant Operations Manager at the Digital Operating Center. The "DOC" is a centralized Master Control Hub that handles on-air control for over 20 stations across the country, including CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates. White oversaw the large staff and was responsible for training and updates to operational procedures as well.

White is married and enjoys music, seafood, and a huge variety of movies and TV shows.

He is learning the ins and outs of his new job, and how to do it from home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

With schools closed and students at home, educational TV is even more important than ever, and White is keeping the shows scheduled to enhance their learning.