The idea first came to Farzan Faramarzi last summer.
He decided it was time to have a student-run show where subject matter experts come and give information about specific programs or projects taking place throughout campus. After a semester of production he decided to make yet another change.
“The idea for ‘Hot Spot’ is different,” said Faramarzi, senior producer at University Television Productions (UTP). “It’s about students for students.”
The original program titled “University Television Presents” was the first opportunity for a student-run show to control its own content. It featured an expert staff member or professor who represented their specific department. According to Faramarzi, it provided an answer to questions concerning students.
“Hot Spot” aims to do the opposite.
The show covers controversial topics related to Boise State’s campus and student life. More importantly, “Hot Spot” allows for students to be represented.
“We’re giving an opportunity for students to express their opinion about topics that concern them,” Faramarzi said.
“Hot Spot” is based on a Cross-Talk format in which two students on each side of a moderator discuss the topic presented. Each student takes their turn speaking while the moderator presents thought-provoking
“It’s a mix between a television show and debate,” Faramarzi said.
So far “Hot Spot” has covered parking policy and prices, guns on campus and most recently the legalization of marijuana.
The students who volunteer as guests on “Hot Spot” aren’t subject matter experts but it’s apparent they do care about the topics discussed on the show. Many of the respondents’ answers stem from personal experiences, which according Faramarzi is the point of the program.
Ty Hawkins, moderator for the show during the last two episodes, feels this is the right approach to take.
“Both sides were well represented,” Hawkins said. “They knew what they were talking about.”
Faramarzi stresses “Hot Spot” is a place for students and their opinions.
“I’m not looking to give students a specific answer (to these topics),” Faramarzi said. “That’s what the other show is for.”
If students feel there is a topic that needs to be discussed, Faramarzi encourages them to contact him and propose the idea. They can also sign up to be a guest on the show if they want to be heard; however, spots fill quickly.
The next topic “Hot Spot” plans to discuss is Add the Words, which won’t air until fall.
Episodes run a total of 28 minutes and can be found on YouTube by searching “University TV productions,” or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faramarzi can be contacted through email at email@example.com.