Santa Barbara Teen News Network Auditions for Next Season in Start in May

Patricia Henley Foundation’s Program, in Conjunction with Santa Barbara Channels, Puts Local Students Behind the Camera

Local teens can audition to become new members of Santa Barbara Teen News Network (sbTNN) cast! Created and sponsored by the nonprofit Patricia Henley Foundation, sbTNN is an exciting fast-paced 30 minute weekly show, produced for and by local teens, creating an upbeat TV show reflecting current events, teen lifestyles, creative expression and the voice of teens. Through the free sbTNN program, teens learn about finding and expressing their “voice,” an idea that was the founder’s vision in creating The Patricia Henley Foundation.

sbTNN is for all youth interested in creative arts. Students in the program learn basic cinematography, familiarizing themselves with editing software, cameras and sound engineering, along with stage performance and interviewing techniques. Each segment features different students and stories from different schools.

The television program is directed by Peter McCorkle, former theatre arts teacher at Laguna Blanca School. Doug Caines is sbTNN’s technical director as well as the video production teacher at Santa Barbara High School.

The student reporters rehearse and record live on Saturdays in the Channel 17/21 studios, with airings throughout the week on station 21. Programming can also be viewed from partner news website Topics of this upbeat TV show are as diversified as the schools and the teens themselves, ranging from performing arts, cooking segments, comedic spoofs, mock trials, sports, science, environment, community service, movie reviews, to interviews on what’s happening around town.

The sbTNN program is sponsored by the Patricia Henley Foundation and is free of charge to all 30 teens who are involved in the program thanks to the support of donations from individuals and local business that sponsor a teen’s participation in sbTNN.

Auditions for next season begin in May. For more information and to sign your teen up for an audition spot, call 568-3600 x 114 or visit

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