WBHS-9 2017-05-15T12:10:49+00:00

Most awarded high school media program in Middle Tennessee!

2016-2017 Interns

The City of Brentwood allocated Channel 9 to Brentwood High School from Comcast Cable in 1999. The channel first served as a billboard for high school activities. One computer and a school secretary served as the total operating system for the channel. In the spring of 2001, Mark Madison and the television classes assumed the responsibility of the channel and began developing a full-time station with coverage for the northern half of WIlliamson County. Armed with little more than three old cameras and one linear editing system, five interns and four classes of high school students set out to make Channel 9 the BEST educational access channel in Tennessee. Over the past 12 years, WBHS9 has won more than 400 county, state, regional, and national awards at film festivals and video competitions across the country.

As a member of the Tennessee High School Press Association and the National Journalism Education Association, the station covers events at Brentwood High School, Brentwood Middle School and three elementary schools. Several schools across the state of Tennessee have visited Channel 9 to pattern their developing programs around this operation.

Now under the direction of Ronnie Adcock, WBHS9 is a leader in sports programming, school events and community activities thanks to the dedication of the students, community and parents. Local educational programming now exceeds six hours a day.

Broadcasting I Grade Levels 9-10 Credit: 1 full year Recommended Prerequisite: None This course is the entry-level course to prepare students for the media industry. Course content provides a broad-based exposure to audio, video, and journalism and broadcasting within the industry. Students are taught the fundamentals of remote wiring and studio wiring.Equipment mastered includes: Video Cameras, switchers, mixers, video recorders, microphone, Final Cut Pro

Broadcasting II Grade Levels 10-11 Credit: 1 full year Prerequisite: Broadcasting I The first quarters will focus on electronic media production (EMP) technologies utilizing simulated and/or real-life projects. The student gains insight into such issues as concept creation, scripting, sound design, visual design, engineering, editing, budgeting and producing, as well as exploring some of the latest advances in industry technology. Students operate Comcast Channel Nine, provided by the City of Brentwood, on a 24 hour/ 7 days a week basis. Students are required to video programs for community viewing, sporting events and special activities. This class operates as a professional television station. Advanced computer techniques are taught and used regarding television special effects. This is a hands-on operational class.

Broadcasting III Grade Levels 11-12 Credit: 1 full year Prerequisite: Broadcasting II or III This course focuses on simulated real-life electronic broadcasting media of newscasts, special events and original programming. The student will gain valuable insight into both audio and video sides of the electronic media industry. Course content is composed of scripting, broadcasting, reporting, directing, editing, budgeting, producing, cameras, lights, sound and set design. This course will explore the latest digital technology and applications, research and future trends in the electronic media industry. Pre-production and post-production work is emphasized. Video and audio creativity is emphasized, regarding the creation of final television products. Directing techniques and computer effects are taught and used.

2016 Western KY Film Festival & NATAS Student Awards Brentwood High TV & Film students received half-a-dozen awards at the Western Kentucky Film Festival and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Awards on Wednesday.  In Bowling Green, BHS took home four of the five trophies, winning first place honors for Animation, Experimental, Music Video and Short Film. 

2013-2014 WBHS9 Awards Purity Milk/Titans of Taste Commercial Contest 1st Place: Josh Gracia, Charlie Pyle 2nd Place: Hamza Khalid, Thomas Wolf 4th Place: Marshall Travioli

2012-2013 WBHS9 Awards Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards Music Video: “What Kind of Love,” Grayson Propst, Zach Madell, Danielle Wilson, Josh Jirjis Jason Short Film: “I Like You Nick,” Grayson Propst, Danielle Wilson News Package: “Graceworks,” Stephan Hart, Cameron Pedley Animation: “Special Effects Compilation,” Ben Sherill, Thomas Tatum, Thomas Wolf THSPA

2012 Mark Madison Best TV Station: WBHS9 Best Sports Coverage: BHS vs. Wilson Central: Abby Vorhaus, Chandler Butler, Andrew Hughes, DJ Moulton, Stephen Hart, Apakorn Burapharat, Cameron Pedley, Samantha Anderson, ReBecca Allen, Hannah Feldhacker, Conner Holmes, Dakota Payne, Sarah Dunne, Jenna Red, Ben Sherrill, Thomas Tatum Best Sports Show: John Anderson, Zach Driver, Haylie Craver, Chloe Connors, Elijah Gonzalez, Joey Guiarino, Hannah Feldhacker for “Bruin Primetime” Best PSA: Apakorn Burapharat, hannah Feldhacker, Andrew Hughes for “Seat Belts” Best Commercial: Marchall Travioli for “Sharpie” Best Short Feature: Apakorn Burapharat, Conner Holmes and Drew Brown for “Satisfy Your Appetite with Bacon” Best News/Sports News Package: Honorable Mention to Zach Driver for “2002 Championship Football Team Anniversary”

Brentwood High TV & Film students received their highest recognition ever on Thursday, when they were nominated for Best Newscast by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  The 2015-16 WBHS 9 news team, made up of seniors Ben Sherrill, Abbi Williams, Rosie Gunger, Emma Richards, Caleb Howard, Kira Lee, Andrew Fischer and junior Reed Smith, won the Regional NATAS Student Award for Best Newscast in April.  Brentwood is one of five high schools from across the nation chosen as a finalist.

“This is by far the best and most in-depth newscast we have produced in my eight years at Brentwood,” said BHS TV & Film teacher Ronnie Adcock, who spent 25 years producing newscasts in Nashville, Cincinnati and Louisville.  “We focused not on just what was going on here at Brentwood High, but around the world.  Reporter Abbi Williams was in Paris two weeks after the terrorist bombings.  Rosie Gunger and Caitlin Alexander were the only student reporters covering the Trump rally at The Factory in Franklin.  Ben Sherrill designed custom graphics.  It was a huge team effort.”

Winners will be announced in Washington, DC on October 4.  More information, as well as a complete list of nominees, are below.

This is a link to the newscast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6BLWRoMJng


Brentwood High TV & Film students received numerous awards at the Tennessee High School Press Association Awards.  Here are the 2016 results.

  • 1stPlace Best Sports Coverage of a Live Event:  BHS Football vs. Dickson County Best Commercial:  “Titleist” by Jack Burnette, Reed Smith & Ryan Tyler Best Music Video: “Glory & Gore” by Jake Fisher, Ben Sherrill & Ryan Tyler Best Audio for a Video Project: “Impulsion” by Ben Sherrill & Caleb Howard
  • 2ndPlace TV Reporter: Emma Richards Video or Documentary: “Chewacla Challenge” by Dakota Payne, Ben Sherrill, Caleb Howard, Matthew Willoughby Sports Show: Reed Smith, Jack Burnette & Ryan Tyler Audio for a Video Project: “Soul Boy” by Ben Sherrill, Caleb Howard, Jake Fisher & Ryan Tyler Lip Dub
  • Honorable MentionCommercial: “Phantom 3 Drone” by Ben Sherrill, Dakota Payne, Jake Fisher, Caitlin Alexander & Emma Richards News Story: “Volleyball State Champs” by Reed Smith & Will Richmond News Story: “Paris Attacks” by Abbi Williams & Ben Sherrill Video or Documentary: “Cross Country” by Matthew Hughes, Ryan Clo & Ben Griffith

2015-16 Volleyball wins state championship.  Click here to see the story.

Brentwood High TV & Film students dominated the MTSU Blue Spark Awards in 2015-16, winning four of the six categories.

  • First-place winners include: Best Animation:  Ben van Maarth for “Claymation”  Link
  • Best Music Video: Jake Fisher, Caleb Howard, Dakota Payne, Ben Sherrill for “Come Lord Jesus”  Link
  • Special Achievement in Video Production: Kelsey Brannon, Julianne Martin, Caroline Steele for “Urban Chasse’”  Link
  • Best Short Film:  Caleb Howard, Ben Sherrill and Jared Smith for “Vocabulary”  Link

Brentwood High TV & Film students won two Student National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Awards on Thursday, April 23. The 15th annual awards show was held at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University. That makes 10 trophies in the past three years. This year’s winners include:

  • Best Public Service Announcement: Level 4 seniors Shayna-Raye Funderburk and Noah Osuna for “Be in the Zone: Don’t Text and Drive”
  • Best Editor: Shayna-Raye Funderburk for “End of Line”These are the highest honors for TV students across Tennessee, North Carolina and Northern Alabama. “BHS had a total of 10 nominations, more than any other school in the region,” said TV & Film Instructor Ronnie Adcock. “I am very proud of the winners, nominees, and all my students. They deserve all the accolades they receive because they work so hard.”

Two Brentwood High TV & Film students placed fifth in the nation in the “Drug Facts for Young People” video contest. Contestants were charged with producing a 30-second Public Service Announcement on the dangers of drugs. Students from more than 200 schools across the nation took part. “You’re Not You When You Do Drugs,” produced by Caleb Howard and Hamza Khalid, portrays the negative aspects of drug use.

If you have any questions regarding WBHS9 programs, classes and all other matters, please contact Ronnie Adcock at: ronniea@wcs.edu, Brentwood High School 5304 Murray Lane Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 472-4234.