Published: Thursday, November 11, 1999

Students produce music video

By Quannah Leonard
Managing Editor

Four journalism students at Oklahoma State University will produce a music video for the Oklahoma country band, City Moon, as a class project.

Wednesday night, Sharon Phillips, Mandy Clinton, Stephen Tressa and Ryan Young, filmed crowd shots for the band's song, "Way Too Hot," at the Wormy Dog Saloon, said Young, advertising and theater senior.

Virgil Bonham, lead singer of City Moon, said the song is about a man that sees a beautiful girl, and he doesn't feel worthy of her.

"We're trying to portray that in the video. That it's not just her looks," Bonham said. "She's going to be an average person like everybody else."

On Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Wormy Dog, the student group will need volunteers to be filmed with the band. They can call Young, executive producer, at 743-2177.

Young said the video will be shot at Wormy Dog because "it is one of the most noticeable and popular places."

Eric Wooley, owner of the Wormy Dog Saloon, said he's happy about the music video project.

"It gains a little exposure for the bar," he said. "And we support music and we support Oklahoman musicians."

Bonham said the five-member band wanted to keep the album Oklahoma-based so they contacted the OSU journalism and broadcasting department. They had heard about students at other universities shooting music videos as class projects.

This also saves money, Bonham said.

"We're more than convinced that they are going to be capable of producing a quality project," he said.

Dee Rosenthal, adjunct professor of broadcasting, teaches the course, fundamentals of audio video production. Because of the recent restructuring of the broadcasting curriculum, Young, Phillips, Clinton and Tressa would have had to repeat some material in her class.

Instead of repeating the material, Rosenthal gave the students a chance to produce the music video, she said.

"I expect them to do an excellent job because they have worked really hard on this," Rosenthal said.

Young said, "It's not something I have ever really thought about doing, but it's a really exciting opportunity."

The music video should be completed by Dec. 1, Bonham said. Then, the band plans to submit it to Country Music Television to view it, which takes about 30 to 45 days. The band hopes the video will be aired by January.

Those interested in the band can e-mail band members at or check their website at 

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