Concord Student News Program to be Featured Regularly on Public Television

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 26 2005

Concord Student News Program to be Featured Regularly on Public Television

Athens, W.Va. - Concord communication arts students will soon be making their debut on statewide public television. Beginning in February 2006, residents throughout the state will be able to enjoy 15-minute news broadcast from WMLT, “Mountain Lion Television,” every other Sunday on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The program will focus on statewide issues and the student’s perspective and viewpoint on those issues, as well as highlighting good things that are happening at Concord.

Concord sealed the deal with West Virginia Public Broadcasting on October 25.

After a year and a half of conversation, the news program will allot half of its time to Concord University and half to Marshall University. Every other week West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology will be featured. The show will air at 1 p.m. every other Sunday beginning February 5.

In order to be selected for inclusion in the broadcast, Concord submitted demonstration tapes and hosted a visit from the public broadcasting company to inspect their state-of-the-art set.

“They think very highly of us,” said Tim Barnes, director of academic technologies, referring to W.Va. Public Broadcasting. “They didn’t just say ‘Oh, sure, you can have it.’ They checked us out to make sure we were capable.

“The students are very excited about it. I mean this is like a dream come true.

“It’s an excellent opportunity so when they go out and put their résumés in, they didn’t just do their local campus cable news, they did the news state-wide,” he concluded.

With the inclusion of a segment on the network, new improvements will also be coming to WMLT in their set design and technology, including the ability to provide closed captioning.

Concord University offers a B.A. in communication arts with an emphasis in electronic media. For more information, contact Tim Barnes at 1-800-344-6679, extension 5361 or 1-304-384-5631.

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CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.