A recent Wartburg College graduate will return to advise the college’s student-run television station.
Travis Bockenstedt of Cedar Rapids will supervise the production of Wartburg Television’s award-winning programs. The station airs on Mediacom Channel 8 in Waverly, Denver, Shell Rock and Janesville and offers live streams and podcasts at www.WartburgTV.org.
“We are more committed than ever to the electronic media program started by Northeast Iowa broadcasting legend Grant Price,” said Dr. Penni Pier, chair of the Wartburg communication arts department. “Travis will bring extensive experience in journalism, production and cross-platform marketing to WTV8, providing our students with the latest tools and techniques used by media professionals.”
Bockenstedt, who graduated from Wartburg in 2009, will replace Jeff Stein, who resigned earlier this summer.
As a Wartburg communication arts major, Bockenstedt was active in student media and led WTV8 as news director and station manager. He also was involved in student government and served as Wartburg student body president in 2008-09. After graduating, he became a broadcast sales specialist and promotions producer at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, where he had been a news intern.
Bockenstedt now works in event promotions and marketing for the World’s Toughest Rodeo, which produces high-profile rodeo events throughout the country. He works with national advertisers, creates multimedia content and assists with the show’s production. He is also a board member of the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City American Advertising Federation.
“I’m excited to use my broadcast experience combined with my online content creation and marketing background to guide and advise Wartburg students,” Bockenstedt said. “My primary goal is to continue the legacy of Wartburg Television, create opportunities for students to learn in a co-curricular environment, maintain journalistic integrity and encourage the creation of content on multiple platforms.”