Killeen: CTC grad talks to CTC student about long CBS career

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A Central Texas College graduate who spent 31 years working behind the scenes at CBS spoke to CTC radio-TV students on Monday.

Jack Stophel worked at the CBS network from 1977 to 2008 as a camera operator for CBS Sports and such shows as “The Young and the Restless.”

He got his first chance to cover a major event while still a student.

“In 1970, President (Lyndon) Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson were here and rededicated a building and my first opportunity was to film the dedication,” said Stophel.

Stophel says the changes in broadcasting have been drastic.

“They (students) have a golden opportunity because the equipment I started out with and the equipment that is today is so different,” Stopel said.

For students wanting to enter the field, Stophel says it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

“It’s not a 9-to-5 job. We know that and you make sacrifices. You give up your holidays, weekends, and a lot of things. You really have to want to do it,” Stophel said.

He currently lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif.