GHS-TV welcomes a familiar face back into its family. GHS class of 2011 graduate Matt Sloan has joined the GHS-TV staff as an Audio/Video Production Technician. A recent graduate of Southern Illinois University he is excited to come back to his roots.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to come back and give back to the fine arts department that has taught me so much.” said Sloan.
Sloan’s will teach students creative and technical skills, serve as a supervisor for TV programs and produce content for both GHS-TV and Shelby County Schools. Sloan said he is looking forward to sharing his TV knowledge with the students. He earned a degree in Radio, Television and Digital Media for SIU. During his time there, he became the executive producer of alt.news 26:46, for which he won a college television Emmy award for “Best Magazine Style Program.”
Sloan was heavily involved with GHS-TV as a student. Along with being general manager of the studio, he directed Live Coverage 2010 Germantown Festival and Election Night 2010 along with monthly tapings of Crosstalk and Wake Up, Germantown!. Sloan is the only GHS-TV student to win the Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, which is a national honor given each year by the Emmy organization. He also performed in the Poplar Pike Playhouse productions The Secret Garden, The Farnsworth Invention, Parade, The Beaux' Stratagem, Curtains, Beauty and the Beast, Ragtime and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
He is not the first Mr. Sloan that has worked at GHS-TV. His father, Paul Sloan, is a 1981 alumni who also came back to teach at GHS-TV. Sloan’s father then went on to become the Creative Service Director at the Fox affiliate in Memphis. He currently serves in that same role for the Fox affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.
Faculty members and students are looking forward to having Matt Sloan on board with both GHS-TV and the Poplar Pike Playhouse.
“I’ve heard so many great things about Mr. Sloan here as a student,” current senior Ben Taylor said. “I’m excited to for the opportunity to work with him at GHS-TV.
Story By Taylor Shennett