Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

Basketball star Allen Iverson on stage, TV crew group photo
Dignitaries watch as NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson addresses the crowd. (Brandon K. Hedgepeth photo) Right: The Telecom crew with NNPS School Board Vice-Chairman Terri Best.

The NNPS Telecom crew recently had an opportunity to record an event for the City of Newport News.

On March 5, the team recorded the Allen Iverson honorary street dedication ceremony since the city channel, NNTV (Newport News TV), was busy preparing for the State of the City event that night.

City Council member John R. Eley, III, asked Telecom to do the recording. Telecom Supervisor Ray Price was able to put a crew together and do a four-camera production.

The event was held at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center with Iverson, Governor Glenn Youngkin, many city and community leaders, and family and friends of Iverson in attendance.

News 3 reporter Kelsey Jones, who happens to be a graduate of the Telecom program, emceed the event.

"Allen Iverson Way," is a portion of 16th Street from Wickham Avenue to Walnut Avenue, and the new sign for it was unveiled.

Iverson, an NBA Hall of Famer who spent many childhood years in Newport News' Southeast Community, is legendary for his basketball prowess, and is regarded as one of the greatest players in NBA history.

Iverson played basketball and football at Bethel High School in Hampton, played basketball for two years at Georgetown University, and spent 14 seasons in the NBA. Eleven times he was selected to the NBA All-Star roster. He retired in 2013.

Also in attendance were Newport News Mayor Philip Jones, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, James “Poo” Johnson, Marcellus “Boo” Williams, and Philadelphia 76ers Vice President Mike Goings.

The Telecom crew led by Price consisted of alumni crew members Brandon K. Hedgepeth, Joshua Stuck, and Collin Smalls, as well as TV-I student Ethan Clinkenbeard of Woodside. Many other news outlets were there to cover the event.

The team used two primary cameras, an overhead one, and a hand-held one for close-ups.

Covering city-wide events is excellent experience for the crew: They learn how to set up and record in various settings, work with different lighting and sound conditions, and interact with others outside the school system. Additionally, it exposes them to city policies and functions, as well as to role models like government officials, community leaders, and the media.