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February 26, 2007

'Discover Purdue' TV program continues weekly pace

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's weekly television program "Discover Purdue" moves into March with a varied slate of guests and topics.

Interviewees on the programs in late February and early March include Pamela Horne, assistant vice president for enrollment services, along with student leader Scott Stohler and men's basketball star Carl Landry in the show that airs this week. Director of university bands Jay Gephart and women's basketball star Katie Gearlds highlight the program that airs the week of March 4.

March programs continue with John Contreni, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Bill Oakes, interim director of Purdue's EPICS program, the week of March 11, and Purdue Alumni Association executive director Kirk Cerny, Boilermaker softball coach Kim Maher and standout baseball player Ryne White the week of March 18.

Starting on March 25, "Discover Purdue" will feature consumer and family sciences associate professor Olivia Bennett Wood and student government president Jonathan Foltz.

The half-hour program has a total of 13 installments for statewide distribution. Each program includes campus feature segments and usually two or three studio interviews. It is available for viewing on the World Wide Web at http://www.itap.purdue.edu/discover/.

Presented jointly by the division of Information Technology at Purdue and the Office of University Relations, the program is scheduled to air weekly through the end of April.

The program appears on five television stations in Indianapolis, Merrillville, Fort Wayne, Evansville and Clarksville (near Louisville), reaching a total viewer audience of nearly 2 million, plus millions more on cable systems throughout Indiana, the Chicago area and one county in Kentucky.

In Lafayette-West Lafayette and Attica, the program is seen 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 airs 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 can be seen as follows:

*  Indianapolis area and on many cable systems statewide on WFYI-TV (channel 20) Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

*  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/CDT.

*  Evansville area on WNIN-TV (channel 9) Sundays at 8 a.m. CST/CDT.

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

*  Clarksville and Louisville area on WVHF-TV (channel 9), at various times.

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

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