KCHS is the school’s own morning news. Every day, the school has announcements via television. The announcements consist of students who need to come down to the office, what’s for lunch, birthdays, detention hall, notes from different teachers, and the achievements of the sports teams. Mr. Straessle gives the news on Mondays, and during the rest of the week, the student officers take care of the announcements. KCHS is broadcast from the newly updated Harry Hastings TV Studio, which is located on the first floor. This room allows the office to add newsbriefs quickly.
What was once a fun student activity has become a course, complete with an elective credit. The students in Broadcast Journalism meet every day before school, at both lunch periods, and often after school, all in preparation for the morning announcements and to produce weekly video segments known as the Friday Morning News. Broadcast journalism is taught by Mrs. McWilliams.
The studio is named for Mr. Harry Hastings, who donated funds in the late 1960s for Catholic High’s original television studio. In 2009, Mr. Hastings’ son, Harry Hastings, Jr., blessed Catholic High with a further donation, allowing us to furnish a new studio, from which we broadcast in high definition.