Appalachian State University Launches Original Programming on Student-run AppTV

AppTVAppalachian State University’s television station, AppTV, kicks off its daily original programing with Health Talk at 7 p.m. (EDT) on May 26, 2015.

AppTV is Appalachian’s student-run television station featuring original and acquired programming. It can be viewed on channel 23.3 on Appalachian’s campus, Charter Cable channel 198 in North Carolina’s High Country and Johnson County, Tennessee, and via

Other series to premiere on the weekly 7 p.m. strip include: Business Matters on May 27; AgeWise on May 28; The Academics on May 29, and Sports Bar on June 1. AppTV’s weekend series includes The Media, which begins Saturday, May 30 and Religion in Life, which will air for the first time on Sunday, May 31.

“AppTV is an exciting opportunity for the Department of Communication. In addition to offering a valuable hands-on learning environment for our students, AppTV will provide unique programming that will be of interest and benefit to the campus and Boone area communities,” said Jean DeHart, chair of the Department of Communication at Appalachian.

“The time we’ve spent developing AppTV has been very rewarding. I’m especially happy that we’re able to bring a new media outlet to the growing High Country,” said General Manager Michael Fields, who brings to AppTV more than five decades of broadcasting experience.

The lineup of hosts includes several Appalachian professors and other experts from the area. All original programs are produced with the help of Appalachian student interns under the guidance of Fields and Rob Gelber, chief engineer and production manager.

Programs will be rerun at various times throughout the week on Charter Cable in Watauga and Avery counties in North Carolina and Johnson County, Tennessee, as well as online at

The original lineup includes the following programs:

  • Sports Bar (Mondays, 7 p.m.) brings together three generations of sportscasters: David Jackson, associate athletics director at Appalachian, Sam Smith, a veteran play-by-play radio and television announcer, and three student panelists.
  • Health Talk (Tuesdays, 7 p.m.), hosted by Dr. Jay Noren, M.D., encourages viewers to live a healthy life.
  • Business Matters (Wednesdays, 7 p.m.), produced in cooperation with Appalachian’s Walker College of Business, provides tips from experts on investments, securities, money management and budgeting.
  • AgeWise (Thursdays, 7 p.m.), hosted by Sociology Professor Dr. Ed Rosenberg, Ph.D. and produced in association with the High Country Caregiver Foundation, provides advice that benefits those in the prime of their lives.
  • The Academics (Fridays, 7 p.m.), moderated by Dr. James Barnes, Ph.D., government and justice studies professor, former U.S. envoy to NATO’s mission in Paris and Fulbright scholar, discusses the week’s current events from an academic perspective.
  • The Media (Saturdays, 11 a.m.), moderated by AppTV’s Michael Fields, explores how today’s issues are covered by the media.
  • Religion in Life (Sundays, 10:30 a.m.), hosted by Philosophy and Religion Professor Dr. Ozzie Ostwalt, Ph.D., explores how faith and spirituality play an integral part in the world today.
Published: May 26, 2015 9:20am