March 22, 2007

'Discover Purdue' TV program runs through April

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's weekly television program, "Discover Purdue," moves into its final month of the 2007 series with a varied slate of guests and topics.

Interviewees on the programs airing in April include David Petritz, the director of Purdue Extension Services, and Harry Brown, the director of the Boilermaker Volunteer Network, in the show that airs the week of April 1, while dean Willie Reed of the College of Veterinary Medicine is joined by students Brad Nicholson, the president of the Grand Prix Foundation, and Stephanie Lynch, a sophomore volleyball standout, on the program that airs the week of April 8.

The series continues with dean Craig Svensson of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Science, along with Maricela Alvarado, the director of the Latino Cultural Center, and Dominique Jones, a sophomore musician, the week of April 15.

For the final program of the season, starting on April 22, "Discover Purdue" features Murray Blackwelder, senior vice president for advancement, and Curtis Painter, the quarterback of the Boilermaker football team.

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 Web at It is presented jointly by the division of Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP) and the office of University Relations. 

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. 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,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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