Name: Michael Hunter
BYU employee since: September 3, 1991, my first day as a freshman at BYU. KBYU was looking for help in the on-air promotions department. I was the first one to respond and got the job! Found out later that it was an unpaid internship. I guess I should have asked more questions at the interview.
My job at BYU is… the best job I could ever hope to have! I work in the Production Department at BYU Broadcasting. I make TV shows. I get to work on all sorts of BYU Sports broadcasts, Studio C and lots of other cool stuff. I’ve been producing the BYU Devotional broadcasts for more than 20 years.
Currently I’m working on… wrapping up production on season seven of Studio C and getting ready for the new sports season.
I get most excited about my work… in the fall. There’s so much energy on the campus, BYUtv is really busy with many new projects, there are lots of new student employees that we are training in their jobs, fall sports is in full swing and BYU FOOTBALL IS BACK.
President Gordon B. Hinckley …changed the way I view… the BYU Honor Code. His 1994 BYU Devotional talk, Codes and Covenants, made me seriously think about the Honor Code for the first time. President Hinckley taught me the importance of commitment, determination and duty and has continued to influence my life years later.
I chose to work at BYU because… I had such a great experience here as a student and grew to appreciate the university. I wanted to continue to have a role in the mission of the university and to be part of the great things happening on this campus. (And there’s a BYU Creamery really close to my office.)
On Saturday mornings you’ll find me… at work in a production control room or in the BYUtv production truck prepping for a game broadcast. Saturday is usually the busiest day of the week for our staff.
You’ll never find me without… a book, usually about U.S. history.
One item on my bucket list is… to go to a baseball game at every Major League ballpark. I’m on pace to do this by 2050. The league better not expand.
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The biggest professional challenge I’ve faced was… when in 2006 a few of us worked to create a new TV program called BYU Weekly that featured great news stories coming from BYU told by BYU students. It meant creating workflows at BYUtv that didn’t then exist and was very challenging to launch and maintain. But it was one of the most satisfying experiences in my professional life.