Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

LHS grad heads to the majors

Intern to work in video production for Reds

April 21, 2005

Lansing High School graduate Kasey Weber will be on the field for the Cincinnati Reds this summer, but she won't be playing baseball. Instead, she'll be working with video production for the professional baseball club.

In addition to contributing to game-day productions, Weber will help to put together highlight videos, log game video and create new graphics to be used during the Reds home games.

"People don't think about all of the elements that go into producing these kind of events," Weber said.

But she already has a pretty good idea of those elements.

Weber's interest in video production stems from her involvement in media at LHS and from multimedia instructor Dan Wessel.

"Anything I will ever do in video I owe to Mr. Wessel," Weber said.

Weber's work in high school helped her to land a job with Rock Chalk Video, the video production department for Kansas University Athletic Corp.

"I could have been assigned any job, but since I had experience and they needed students to work, I got the job," Weber said.

Since Traditions Night - an annual event that introduces new KU students to the university's many traditions - in her freshman year, Weber has been working with Rock Chalk Video. A broadcast journalism major in her sophomore year at KU, she also produces stories each week for KUJH-TV, the campus television station's newscast.

However, Weber finds her work in editing and producing sports video more rewarding.

Through her work for Rock Chalk Video, Weber, a 2003 LHS graduate, has edited highlights for the KU basketball team, run replays over the Megavision videoboard at Memorial Stadium for KU football games and shot video for the women's soccer team.

Her internship this summer will provide her with a new opportunity of shooting a professional baseball game.

"It's a whole different ballgame," Weber said.

Weber heard about the internship from her bosses at Rock Chalk Video who had attended a conference with officials from the Reds. Rock Chalk Video won an award for overall best video production for a university, and the Reds won an award for best video production in baseball and overall.

"I'm looking forward to having an internship in baseball," Weber said. "It's my favorite sport."

She grew up as a Reds fan, which makes working for her favorite team the perfect summer job, Weber said.

"If they are playing on ESPN, I will watch," Weber said. "It will be exciting to get to go to the ballpark everyday and watch them."

She is excited to meet the players she follows and has watched growing up, especially Ken Griffey Jr.

"He has been a dominant player ever since I've been watching baseball," Weber said.

And she's been watching the Reds as a fan for some time. Her grandparents live in Walton, Ky., a Cincinnati suburb. With her grandparents so close, Weber hopes the transition this summer will be easier. She'll live with her grandparents throughout the internship.

"Having family out there worked out perfect for me," Weber said.

When Weber arrives May 23 in Cincinnati, the Reds will be in the middle of a 10-game homestand. Although she is the only intern from out of state, she hopes to bring the knowledge she gains this summer back when she returns to KU on Aug. 5.

Her game-day experience will come in handy next year after KU installs new videoboards at Allen Fieldhouse and Hoglund Ballpark.

"I know how we do things in Kansas, but I hope I can learn more about shooting video from a different perspective," Weber said. "My boss used to be a professor at Northern Kentucky so he knows it is supposed to be a learning experience."

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