Students create and run show about Dayton nightlife and more
Wright State Students Josh Weston and Sherrie Portis host, direct and produce an online show called “Out at Night.”
“It’s unique because it brings a spark of Hollywood to Dayton and gives the people of Dayton a new platform to share their stories,” Weston said.
According to Weston, this is a new online show filmed on the streets of Dayton. It features the nightlife of the city and national topics. The show can be watched on YouTube and Facebook. The creators offer giveaways for some episodes. They have casting calls and they post what they are looking for on their Facebook page.
“We attach local faces to the national topics, and people who are out at night get to chime in with their opinion too,” Weston said. “For example, the movie ‘Magic Mike’ with Channing Tatum is national, our show went and talked to real life Magic Mikes in Dayton and then got the people on the street to give their opinion on male strippers.”
Portis suggested the idea and Weston came up with the concept and layout after they lost the CW Star contest. They came up with the idea in March, had a marketing photo shoot in April and started shooting the show in May.
“We were looking for opportunities to showcase our hosting talents and the only thing we could do is come up with something on our own,” Weston said. “Oprah, Elvira and Phil Donahue started out local before they went national. We are doing it on our own and it’s hard trying to build a name, get equipment and sponsors, but we have a lot of support from our family and friends. Even Hollywood producers are rooting us on where I was an intern for the TV show, ‘Extra.’ I feel like we have an advantage because I’ve worked on TV show sets and Sherrie is beautiful, smart and talented.”
“The whole show is an extension of our friendship,” Weston said.
Weston believes students should watch and want to be on the show because the show has topics that college students are talking about and doing. They show places in the city that are not normally exposed and that they feel college students would love to frequent.
“Not every student is from Dayton so we’d like to think of ourselves as resource entertainment news,” Weston said.
“Students who are interested in this type of work should just go for it. It will be hard but a producer in Hollywood once told me that ‘quality work will always work harder for you than popularity.’ You never know who is watching. So that’s what my advice would be, make it good because just having a TV show won’t make you cool if the quality is bad.”
For more information about the show visit “Out at Night’s” YouTube or Facebook Page or contact Josh Weston at: email@example.com.