On Wednesday, Oct. 4, director and producer Rob Harvell visited broadcast students to share his experience in the field and to participate in a student television broadcast.
Harvell caught his big break after completing a college internship with NASCAR and
has since moved on to work with many celebrities through his career with ESPN sports, according to his website, rlhproducer.com,
Harvell shared personal stories, as well as a few of his regrets, with broadcast students.
As for his time in college, Harvell admitted that he was not the most “focused” student.
“I would like to say I would tell myself to study more,” Harvell said. “I would’ve liked to have been more involved with broadcast.”
However, since college, Harvell’s career has taken off.
He has gotten the opportunity to work with sports icons like Archie Manning and NASCAR driver, Cotton Owens.
Through these partnerships, according to imdb.com, Harvell has produced the works of The Bowden Dynasty: A Story of Faith, Family & Football, The Book of Manning and 30 for 30: I Hate Christian Laettner.
“I was truly blessed to be able to interview Rob Harvell,” Alexis Clinton, broadcast student, said.
“I’m thoroughly pleased with how everything turned out...I’ve always wanted my own talk show. So, this was just another chance for me to gain some experience with seeing how quickly I can work on my feet.”
“I thought it was a fantastic event, that he brought a lot of insight to the students,” Sallyann Clark, broadcast manager of WNCP-TV, said. “It was a great opportunity for students to meet someone successful in the field of broadcasting and inspirational to them as well.”
“He had good advice to students to take advantage of all the opportunities offered here in school,” Dr. Judith Curtis, associate professor of mass communications, said.
Additionally, Clark, who knows Harvell personally, said, “Rob is a motivator with a lot of ambition, a very talented young man with a proven track record shown on broadcast tv and in theaters.”
On rlhproducer.com, Rob writes, “I am blessed to dedicate my career to telling compelling stories of sports, teams and athletes which we marvel at their every talent, abilities and even flaws. I am proud to say I am living my childhood dream which shows in my productions…”
Currently, Rob is in the process of producing a reality television series called Snoop [Snoop
Dog] and Son: A Dad’s Dream (rlhproducer.com).