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Interview with Scot about broadcast television and art

Interview with Scot about broadcast television and art

February 16, 2024
Scot is the Playback Operator for TV ETC and came to ESD 112 with 20+ years of broadcasting experience. Scot is quite the character, and everyone on the Communications team enjoys his nerdy brand of midwestern humor, which is evident in this interview.
Interview with Scot about broadcast television and art

Have you always wanted to work in a creative career?

Yes, I have. I love the arts and everything that branches out from it. I’ve been in band, acted onstage, and most importantly I love illustrating and drawing. Drawing is my real passion. It is as natural to me as breathing, and as necessary.

How did you get started with broadcast television?

I originally went to school to try and get into animation, but my skill sets did not take me down that particular path. My professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD asked if I would like to work for the university’s TV station, and that opportunity set me on the path that would lead to me working at ESD. In 1998 I moved to the Pacific NW, and in 1999 I got my first professional job at PAX22 in Portland. I then moved on to work at KOIN Local 6 and worked there for almost thirteen years. I love broadcasting.

What do you love about broadcasting?

Broadcasting is one of today’s most accessible formats. Most of the information people get is from streaming, television, or other forms of social media. As someone who is visual and not the most eloquent writer, I appreciate how broadcasting levels the playing field and gets information out to a wide audience.

You mention social media. Are you a fan?

I am a fan of the concept. Everyone can and does contribute creative content all the time. Art seems to be booming on social media, which I love. I don’t love the lack of supervision, rules and guidelines to help keep social media safe and true, however.

What are the most fulfilling and most challenging parts of your work at ESD 112?

The most fulfilling part of my job at ESD 112 is getting student content out into the world. The most challenging part is keeping up with the changing technological environment that comes with any broadcasting career. Technology–any technology–is the hardest part to keep up with.

What inspires you?

Science fiction. It is a commentary on the world, and the really GOOD science fiction gives you more questions than answers.


Okay, let’s get to know Scot a little better! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Dell Rapids, South Dakota, and I currently live in Portland. I am married to the best woman in the world: my wife, Michelle. We have two boys, Paul and James. I am a very blessed man.
I love drawing, and it is likely that when you see me in my down time, I’ll be drawing in my art books. I’m a pretty good listener, and I joke that the psychiatry booth is always open; it’ll just cost you a nickel. (Peanuts reference.)

What hobby would you get into if time and/or money were not an issue?

3D printing and custom model work.

What are you a superfan of?

I collect Flash Gordon memorabilia, Star Trek, Transformers, GI Joe, etc. What can I say, I’m a child of the 70s-80s.

What have you done on your bucket list? What’s still left to do?

Started a family. What’s left on the bucket list? Getting my Sci-fi project picked up by a television network or a movie studio.

If you could interview any person, living or non-living, who would it be, and what would you want to ask them?

Right now…..Harrison Ford, because, why not? What would I ask him? “Who is the coolest person you know?”

If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be and why?

If I had to get a tatoo, I think I would get a Star Trek Emblem, because why not?

Last question: What question should we ask you, and what would you answer?

Are you really that much of a nerd? Yes. Yes I am.

About the TEAM Member

Scot Brende Playback Operator

Scot Brende Playback Operator

I started my broadcast career at KOIN television in 2001, and after a bit of time away as a stay-at-home Dad, I am happy to return to broadcasting as the ESD 112 Playback Operator. Being at ESD 112 makes me feel like I’ve come home to a career I really enjoy being in. It is a wonderful thing to help creative people share their talents with the world, and in my brief time here, I have seen some incredible talent from the students in the ESD 112 network.