The KBEV Media Center was founded in 1969 with generous support from the Beverly Hills Unified School District and the Local Community. It’s strategic location in Beverly Hills enables students to foster dynamic synergies and multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Communication through unparalleled access to the Entertainment, Media and Technology Industries.
In 1970, two of Beverly Hills High School's related departments – Television Broadcasting and Broadcast Journalism – began producing a live-to-cable news show, entitled, "The Norman News Service". Now, noted as the longest running high school weekly news show on the planet.
In recognition of the critically important role Broadcast Journalism plays in a democratic society and KBEV's role as a leading institution for educating and training is leading students to become future Broadcasters and Media Artists.
Today, with more than 9 courses offered in Media Studies, and High School Concurrent Enrollment program with Santa Monica College allows eligible students to enroll in Media college courses while attending Beverly Hills high school and simultaneously earn college credit. Participating students not only get a “taste” of college but also get a head start on their college career. KBEV has become a center for discussion among university admissions officers and professionals in Journalism, Communication, Public relations, public policy, media and education. KBEV is ranked #1 in State and #3 in the nation competing at Skills USA.
Multidisciplinary and international in scope, focused and practical in application, KBEV Students and Faculty, are defining these fields for the 21st Century and beyond.
Media Director: Prof. Romeo Carey
Technical Supervisor: Ricky Lee & Ryan Damavandi
Sr. Chief Engineer: Dusty Stiles
Production Assistant: Daniel Audell
MEET THE TEAM
Romeo Carey is the executive producer at KBEV. He supervises and manages productions while teaching students how to excel in the film industry.
Executive Director of Student Productions
As the Executive Director of Student Productions, I oversaw all student-led projects, providing guidance and resources for our students to thrive creatively.
Grace Suomi is the lead journalist at KBEV 6. She has been involved with the Norman News, Norman Update, and many special reports and Beverly Hills High School.
Natasha Jadidolahi is a lead producer at KBEV. Natasha writes, coordinates, and directs the Norman Update every week. Natasha has been doing the weather since 10th grade.
Akira Carey is the floor manager for the Norman News. Akira helps our anchors count down as well as help with the set and get everyone ready.
Perry Gilardian is KBEV camera operator. Besides doing day-to-day studio operations and helping the team Perry also contributes his skills in editing,.
Natalie Gold is a Main Desk Anchor on KBEV 6. Natalie is also the floor manager at KBEV 6. She has filmed, created, and been in many projects at Beverly Hills High School.
Sophia Berouckhim helps set up and operate cameras for our Norman Update and Noman News. Her experience and dedication are vital in the introduction to new members.
KBEV, originally called "Information Retrieval" , was started in 1968 in a bungalow on the front lawn by Dave "Dusty" Stiles. An early form of programming-on-demand, audio and video content was transmitted over cables wired to the high school library and to select classrooms at the high school. Audio programs played on reel to reel tape were sent to the elementary schools over telephone lines, rented from the phone company, to study carrels in the libraries at each of the schools. The Information Retrieval was then called "BHUSD Media Service" when KBEV began active cable operations in 1974 with Theta Cable, whose successors were Group W Cable, Century Cable, Adelphia Cable, Time Warner Cable and currently Spectrum Cable. KBEV's channel designation began as Channel L. It later became Channel N, then Channel E, then Channel 26, and now it is Channel 6 KBEV. The Media Center has provided continuous cable programming to the Beverly Hills community for 52+ years.