January 22, 2007

Purdue TV production resumes with 13 shows

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's weekly news and feature magazine television program returns to the airwaves and cable systems this month.

The show, titled "Discover Purdue," is a half-hour program with 13 installments intended for statewide distribution. Each program will include campus news, feature segments and at least two studio interviews. It will also be seen and archived online at https://www.itap.purdue.edu/discover/

Presented jointly by Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) and the Office of University Relations, the program is scheduled to air weekly beginning Jan. 24 through the middle of April.

Studio host for the sixth straight year is Mike Piggott, Purdue's director of community relations and a former news anchor, news director and general manager at WLFI-TV in West Lafayette. His co-host again is Tangra Riggle Broge, Miss Indiana 2003, who is finishing her communication degree in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue.

Jim Vruggink, director of special projects in University Relations, serves as the show's producer along with Ed Dunn, producer/director for ITaP.

Vruggink said the start of production for the 2007 season marks the16th year of the program's current half-hour format. It was launched in 1989 as a one-hour live call-in show. The format was revised to its current length and content in 1991.

"‘Discover Purdue' is geared toward a general audience but focuses on the university's missions of learning, discovery and engagement," Vruggink said.

Guests on the first four programs include Purdue President Martin C. Jischke the first week, history professor Randy Roberts and dean of engineering Leah Jamieson the second week, Science Bound program director Wesley Campbell and women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp the third week, and University Residences executive director Barbara Frazee and football All-American Anthony Spencer the fourth week.

In Lafayette-West Lafayette and Attica, the program will be seen starting Jan. 31 every Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. on Insight Communications cable channels 13 and 244.

In the Kokomo area, Insight carries the program in the same time slots on channels 3 and 244. On Purdue's West Lafayette campus, the program will start Jan. 29 airing every Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. on the Purdue Channel on Insight Communications (Channel 5) and the University Residences television antenna system (Channel 15).

Outside the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, the program will be seen as follows:

• Indianapolis area and on many cable systems statewide on WFYI-TV (Channel 20) Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 24.

• Northwest Indiana and Chicago area on Lakeshore Public Television (Channel 56 for analog and Channel 17.5 for digital) plus 268 cable systems Sundays at 8 a.m. CST beginning Jan. 28.

• Evansville area on WNIN-TV (Channel 9) Sundays at 8 a.m. CST beginning Jan. 28.

• Fort Wayne area on WFWA-TV (PBS 39 and DT1) Sundays at 6:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 28.

• Clarksville and Louisville area on WVHF-TV (Channel 9), TBD.

Source: Jim Vruggink, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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