Behind the Scenes of OATV


Marius Eric Haya Sobremisama II

On Air: After two weeks of planning and preparation, seniors Megan Bao and Andrew F. Pintor prepare to broadcast an episode.

Trisha Phan and Zoharys Jaen

Oxford Academy’s very own broadcasting team, OATV, unites clusters across the school every Tuesday and Thursday with live broadcasts from their YouTube channel. After the departure of the class of 2022, an entirely new crew is introduced to the screen, excited for the opportunities and challenges of this upcoming year.


“[We’re supportive of each other], so we aren’t really afraid of trying new things,” senior crew member Marius Eric Haya Sobremisana II said. “We can all learn about these things together. We can all venture into the unknown as a group.”


Not only does it keep the student body up to date with global news, OATV connects students with its sportscasts, publicity for school events, and amusing segments (such as the new and exciting “Hot Takes With Thien”).


“Since […] everybody has to watch [OATV], it unites the school together and so to be a part of that union, a part of something that everyone can relate to and watch and laugh at, is really great,” junior crew member Adeline Vo said.


Last year’s staff introduced a wide range of entertaining coverage, including “Talk Time with Tyler Mitchell,” “Love it or Lock It,” and “Chill with Jill,” rising above expectations for a high school broadcast and surprising viewers with hilarious concepts. With lively, experimental ideas, broadcasting serves as a creative outlet for the crew to take on new challenges and get involved with the student body. 


“Seeing all these people in this class [and] reading Humans of Oxford […] inspired me to try a lot of things because […] I wanted to do something out of my comfort zone. OATV gave me [that] chance,” Sobremisana II said. 


With many members interested in content creation and video broadcasting before joining, OATV provided them with the means to pursue their passions, turning their visions into a reality.


“I’ve always been making videos since I was in fifth grade,” said senior Matthew Patten, one of OATV’s group leaders. “And now, I get to expand my ideas and collaborate with other group members, so we can have a bigger production than what I did in fifth grade.”


There’s no doubt that OATV has plenty in store for the new school year, and who knows what ingenious directions they’ll explore, so be sure to keep an eye out for new content.


“I love listening to [the crew] come up with their ideas and working through the struggles of how to use the broadcast system […],” said OATV advisor Mrs. Fong. “I’m looking forward to seeing the growth at the end of the year, watching them grow and mature.”


OATV airs during cluster on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check out their YouTube channel.