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Student's Olympic Dream Comes True for the Second Time


Posted 02/11/2014
Posted by Meagan Fazio

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Joe Dziok

Joe Dziok ’14 is still a senior at the University of Hartford but he is already an Olympic veteran. For the second straight Olympics, Dziok is working behind the scenes to help bring the competitions to your television and computer screens.

Dziok, a senior music production technology major in the University’s The Hartt School, interned with NBC Universal’s engineering crew during the London Olympics in 2012. He was one of just three people to go into the Olympic Village to install a robotic camera and audio system so NBC could interview American athletes. Dziok also helped repair equipment. This time, he is getting paid for his work.

“One thing that has amazed me is how much work goes into the airing of the Olympic Games,” Dziok said during his time in London. ““The most exciting thing about working the Olympics was how much I learned about the broadcasting aspect of video and audio—and taking a lot of what I learned in the classroom and applying it to a real-world situation. Part of the program at Hartt trains us to be musicians first. We learn about entertaining. That’s what courses like ear training are about. Another part is how to be flexible. The Olympics took that aspect of enter- tainment to another level. It takes so many people to put on a show like the Olympics that you learn just how flexible you have to be as a professional.”