Alumni Spotlight: Patrick Stahl
While at RU-tv, Stahl was fortunate to learn the ins and outs of production engineering, preparing him for his next move—to NBC Studios in New York City.
Patrick Stahl LC ’06 spends his days making sure broadcasts are successful at NBC Studios in New York City but, before that, he kept things running at RU-tv, Rutgers television network.
He began working with RU-tv in the fall of his sophomore year. With previous experiences at his high school television station and freelancing, Stahl quickly rose in the RU-tv ranks and became a field production supervisor in RU-tv’s Engineering Department.
“During the time I was with RU-tv, we were in a period of transition,” said Stahl, who studied journalism and history at Rutgers. “We were reducing senior staff in favor of student employees, we left the Livingston Studio, and we built the Winkler Hall studio. On top of that, we launched some new shows. All of that resulted in the ability to get a lot of hands-on experience both technically and interpersonally.”
While at RU-tv, Stahl was fortunate to learn the ins and outs of production engineering, preparing him for his next move—to NBC Studios in New York City. Stahl manages studio engineering and is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all technical equipment across eight control rooms and 10 studios at NBC.
Stahl says of his position at NBC, “Generally my work day starts with a recap of any maintenance issues that occurred in the overnight and early morning before I get in. Next up, I will make my rounds checking in with all of my staff as well as any active studios or control rooms to ensure all productions are going well that day.” Stahl also works with engineers on special events, monitors ongoing projects, and works on various engineering projects that come up day to day.
In true RU-tv form, Stahl’s favorite part of his job is giving back. “One of the best experiences I have is developing new talent, whether they are interns in for the summer, a new employee, or a senior engineer. I love the chance to help them learn something new and do something that will improve their career,” says Stahl.