Ty Sanders


  • 2008 Ph.D., University of Oregon, Communication and Society
  • 1991 M.A., University of Central Missouri, Mass Communication
  • 1976 B.A., California State University Fresno, Broadcasting
  • 1974 A.A., Pasadena City College, Telecommunications

Courses Taught

Weber State University

  • 1991-present Intro to Mass Communication (Comm. 1500) Also developed for online.
  • 1997-present Mass Media and Society (HU 2280)
  • 1991-present Audio Production and Performance (Comm. 1560)
  • 1991-present In-studio Video Production and Performance (Comm. 2200)
  • 1991-present Radio Production Workshop (Comm. 2730)
  • 1991-present Writing for Audio and Video (Comm. 3740)
  • 1994-present Field Video Production (Comm. 3750)
  • 1995-present Advanced Co-op Work Experience KWCR (Comm. 3890)
  • 1997-present Broadcast News Writing and Production (Comm. 3780)
  • 1995-present Advanced Video Production (Comm. 4750)
  • 1991-present Media Management (Comm. 4760)
  • 1994-present Special Study and Independent Projects (Comm. 4800)
  • 1994-present Cooperative Work Experience (Comm. 4890)
  • 1991-1998 Advanced Audio Production Projects (Comm. 372)
  • 1991-1998 Broadcast Announcing (Comm. 271)
  • 1996-1997 Video for Public Relations Majors (Comm. 481D)

University of Oregon

  • 2003-2005 Mass Media and Society (J 201)
  • 2003-2006 Television News Workshop (J 473)

Central Missouri State University

  • 1989-1991 Television Production (Comm. 3410)
  • 1989-1991 Field Video Production (Comm. 3411)
  • 1989-1991 Corporate Media Production (Comm. 4470)

Other Teaching Related Experience

  • Spring 2002 Senior Liaison Officer for the Snow Basin Ski Venue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. As Senior Liaison Officer, I was in charge of the technical production of interview segments and live broadcasts for international media. My team of six liaison officers also oversaw the broadcast media interview area for the downhill skiing events.
  • 1999-2002 International Sports Broadcasting Training Program - Established and administered the training program for ISB at Weber State. This program trained students to work as entry-level professionals for the 2002 Olympic Games in Utah. Over a two-year period, Weber State qualified 68 students who worked on the worldwide Olympic broadcast. The average salary for our students during the four weeks of games was just over $3,400.
  • 1999 Developed the department’s first online course, “Comm 1120, Introduction to Mass Media.” Course has been filled to capacity every semester since Fall 1999.
  • 1997 Developed “Communication 3780, Broadcast News Production and Performance.” This class produces two weekly TV newscasts that are cablecast to about 67,000 households in Weber and Northern Davis counties. Our student produced show has received numerous regional and national awards from the National Broadcasting Society and SPJ.
  • 1996 Developed “Communication 481D, Video for Public Relations.” This course was designed for public relations majors who will need basic video writing and production skills. It deals with writing and producing video news releases, promotional videos and public service announcements. Course work is done in conjunction with the advanced video production classes. This class has produced several public relations tapes that are in use by non-profit agencies on and off campus.
  • 1995 Developed "Communication 475, Advanced Video Production". This course takes advantage of the skills learned in previous video courses. Projects include corporate videos, instructional videos and commercial production done both in-studio and in the field.
  • 1994 Developed "Communication 375, Field Video Production". This is the first true remote video production course in the department. It covers the use of cameras, lighting and audio equipment in the field, use of computer graphics and post-production editing.
  • 1991-2000 Advisor to KWCR, the campus radio station. Worked closely with students on every aspects of the radio station from technical considerations to programming. KWCR won the University Crystal Crest Award as “Best Campus Organization” in 1991, 1998 and 2000.

Research, Presentations, Publishing, Creative Works

  • March 2008 Completed dissertation, “American Local Radio Journalism: A Public Interest Channel in Crisis.” Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods, this study looks at the condition of local radio journalism in a major market and the role ownership plays in supporting news.
  • Fall 2006 Judge for National Broadcasting Society Student Competition.
  • April 2006 Presentation at the Broadcast Education Association National Conference in Las Vegas. “The Bird in the Backyard: Satellite Radio tries to go Local.”
  • March 2006 Judge for Sigma Delta Chi Professional Television News Awards. I judged in all news categories for the San Diego and New Orleans television markets.
  • June 2005 Winner “Alma A. Johnson Award for Best Folklore Video Documentary of the Year.” The documentary was about the world of baseball card collectors and was entitled “Cardboard Heroes.”
  • June 2005 Judge for University of Oregon Student News Awards.
  • May 2005 Presentation at University of Oregon Conference on Quantitative Research Methods. “American Local Radio Journalism: A Public Interest Channel in Crisis.”
  • 2002 Developed a set of interactive DVDs for use in the university courses at the Applied Technology Centers Program. These DVDs are used by both instructors and students in the Communication 1050, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication courses.
  • 1999-2000 Part of a team that developed a pilot video for Communication 1050, Interpersonal and Small Group class for the Advanced Placement Program in local high schools. The “Comm 1050, Perceptions” video won an Honorable Mention from the International Radio and Television Society national faculty competition. It also won the University Exemplary Collaboration Award for 2000.
  • Spring 2000 Produced, narrated and edited video “Weber County Correctional Facility Orientation.” This video is shown to all new inmates at the Weber County jail. It took about 140 hours to produce and narrate.
  • Spring 1998 Produced, narrated and co-wrote video “Surviving Change” for the Utah State Department of Family Services. This 15-minute video was produced for the employees of the department to help them adjust to sweeping changes in their mission for the state. It won first place at a national competition for faculty and professional sponsored by the National Broadcasting Society.
  • 1997 Produced, narrated and co-wrote video “It Pays to Work” for the Utah State Welfare Department. This 30-minute orientation video is used to introduce welfare applicants to the new state work-fare program.
  • June 1996 Researched and wrote an article on client relations for Cable Ad Sales. CAS is an industry publication with a circulation of about 8-thousand readers in the cable television business. Sanders, Ty “Sizing Up the Client”, Cable Ad Sales, Vol.II, Issue 6.
  • 1995 Stephen H. Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communication Education. This award was conferred at the annual conference of the International Radio and Television Society in New York. The award was the result of a research competition in which teams of educators designed a regional version of the Cable News Network for the Philadelphia television market.
  • April 1993 “Lead Stories as a Predictor For Negative Perceptions of Television News.” Paper presented at the national meeting of the Broadcast Education Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 16, 1993. Paper won first place in the News Division Debut category.

University and Discipline-Related Community Service

  • 2006-2008 Department Curriculum Committee
  • 2007-2008 Three Department EPIC Committees (One as Chair)
  • 2006-present Returned as advisor to KWCR
  • Spring 2006 Chair, hiring committee for Mass Media job
  • Spring 2006 Consultant for new television program at Snow College. I made an on-site visit to help with program equipment and design set for new news program.
  • 2005-2006 Dept. Tenure and Promotion Committee
  • 2003-2004 Member, hiring committee for Mass Communication Tenure track position at the University of Oregon
  • 2000-2003 Chair, Department of Communication
  • 1993-2004 Regional Director for the National Broadcasting Society. Hosted the regional conference for several hundred students Fall 1999 and Fall 2002.
  • Spring-Fall 2001 Consultant to the video program at Roy High School in Roy, Utah. Helped train teacher, design studio and editing space, and establish new program at the school.
  • Summer 2001 Presentation of the latest techniques for using nonlinear editing equipment for the Utah Association of High School Video Teachers.
  • Fall 2000 Served as judge for student video competition sponsored by the Utah Association of High School Video Teachers.
  • Fall 2000 Member, University Hiring Committee for the University Director of Communication. This committee met an average of three times a week over a nine-week period. We screened over 80 candidates.
  • Fall 1997-Spring 1998 Chair, College of Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee. This committee reviewed every class in the College of Arts and Humanities for semester conversion.
  • Fall 1997 to Spring 1999 Member, College of Arts and Humanities Computer Committee. Wrote grant proposals that resulted in the department getting eight new faculty computers, an electronic classroom, a digital audio editing system and a digital video editing system.

Media Industry Experience

  • 1986-1989 News Director/Managing Editor, KIFI NBC TV 8, Idaho Falls, ID
  • 1984-1986 News Director/Managing Editor, KCWT TV 27, Wenatchee, WA
  • 1981-1984 Reporter/Producer/Anchor, KREM CBS TV 2, Spokane, WA
  • 1979-1981 Reporter/Producer/Anchor, KTVB NBC TV 7, Boise, ID
  • 1977-1979 Reporter/Producer/Anchor, KNDU NBC TV 25, Tri-Cities, WA
  • 1973-1977 Director/Producer, KFTV SIN TV 21, Fresno, CA
  • 1971-1973 Program Director/Announcer/News Anchor, KACE AM & FM, Riverside, CA


  • Broadcast Education Association (BEA)
  • Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
  • National Broadcasting Society (NBS)

Associate Professor
KWCR Adviser

Electronic Media

Stewart Library Room 73B