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Southeastern Channel wins eight Telly Awards

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational cable access channel, has won eight national Telly Awards for original programs and promotional spots produced and aired during the past year.

     “The Florida Parish Chronicles,” “Movers and Shakers,” and “College Night” were full-length original programs winning Tellys. Also honored were a station identification spot along with show opens and promotional spots for “Lion Tracks” and Southeastern telecourses. “The Florida Parish Chronicles” and “College Night” won for the second year in a row.

     The Southeastern Channel has now won 14 Telly Awards in three years. The Telly Award is the premier award given to cable television programs and commercials, videos and film. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators, advertising agencies and corporate video departments.

     The 27th annual Telly Awards received 12,000 entries from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Among the winners were the Discovery Channel, PBS, E! Entertainment, the FX Network and the Weather Channel.

     “To win this many Tellys against the best in the television industry speaks volumes about the quality of our programming, spots and production,” said Rick Settoon, Southeastern Channel general manager. “It’s a great honor for our staff and students who work hard to set and maintain the channel’s high standards.”

     “The Florida Parish Chronicles” episode about the Civil Rights struggle in the Florida Parishes won a Telly for “History Program.” The program featured a documentary segment with archival photographs and film footage about racial tensions in the 60s, including the famed 1967 march from Bogalusa to the state capitol in Baton Rouge. It also included interviews from locals who recalled that period.

     The episode was produced by Settoon and written, narrated and hosted by Samuel C. Hyde, Southeastern’s Ford Chair in Regional Studies and director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies. Southeastern Channel staff member Josh Kapusinski videotaped and edited the program.

     “Movers and Shakers,” a program featuring faculty, administrators and cutting-edge programs on Southeastern’s campus, won for “Talk Show Series.” The winning episode featured host Whitney Magee, a Southeastern communication graduate student from Franklinton, interviewing Southeastern President Randy Moffett and Tena Golding, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. The show was produced by Magee, directed by Ken Fowler and edited by Kapusinski.

     “College Night,” a student-produced entertainment program, won in the “Student Program” category. The winning episode, which highlighted students, the regional entertainment scene and its rebound from Hurricane Katrina, was written and produced by student Chris Brown of New Orleans. Students Choni Francis of Houston, Steven Faught of Slidell and Natalie Crump of Baton Rouge hosted the program. Kapusinski was the supervising producer.

     The channel also won for a collection of promotional spots. Promos for Southeastern telecourses and “Lion Tracks,” a coach’s show for Southeastern sports, won Telly Awards in the “Media Promotion” category.

     The program open for Southeastern telecourses and the “Lion Tracks” promo both won for “Use of Graphics.” A Southeastern Channel station identification spot won for “Editing.”

     Kapusinski produced, edited and created graphics for all of the winning spots.

     “Josh is an incredibly talented editor,” Settoon said.  “His artistic design and mastery of cutting-edge graphics and editing techniques have elevated many of our spots to network-level quality.”

     The Southeastern Channel has now won more than 40 national and international awards, including an Emmy, the first ever won by a Louisiana university television station.

     The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Livingston parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. Program listings and other information is available at

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