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June 27, 2003

President Jischke to discuss aviation on next radio show

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will discuss aviation at Purdue University, including its history and traditions, during his live call-in radio show from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.

Dan Skinner, WBAA Radio manager, says listeners can talk with the president about a variety of topics related to aviation.

"Purdue University enjoys a national reputation as aeronautical pioneers," Skinner says. "From the exemplary service at the Purdue Airport, to the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart, to the participation of aviation technology students in the Air Race Classic, topics to explore are as vast as the sky itself."

Jischke also can discuss on-campus activities acknowledging the anniversary of the Wright brothers' first manned, powered flight on Dec. 17, 1903. They include special Purdue Convocations performances on Sept. 22-27 during Flight Week, which will conclude with an open house at the Purdue Airport.

John Norberg, author of the forthcoming book "Wings of their Dreams: Purdue in Flight," also will be in the studio with Jischke to discuss Purdue's links to aviation history. His book is scheduled to be published by the Purdue University Press in September. It includes stories about Purdue people who played meaningful roles in flight through the century, from those who worked with the Wright brothers to 22 alumni who have served as astronauts.

Listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions during the show. Local listeners can call (765) 496-1999. Listeners outside the local calling area can call toll-free at (866) 922-2101.

The station's AM signal reaches approximately two-thirds of Indiana and can be heard globally via the station's Web site. The site also provides toll-free dialing instructions for listeners outside the United States and Canada.

CONTACT: Skinner, (765) 494-3960,


NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Photographers and videographers are permitted in the studio for the broadcast. Contact WBAA at (765) 494-5920 to make arrangements. Reporters interested in asking questions before or after the show should contact Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, at (765) 494-2086.

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