News release
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Contact: Christina Chapple or Rick Settoon (985-549-2402) 
Date: 2/1/05
     HAMMOND – Programming on the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access channel on Charter Communications, has won nine international 2004 Communicator Awards.
     The magazine shows “Northshore Business,” “The Florida Parish Chronicles,” and “Southeastern Times” and the football documentary “Fighting Lions: The Glory Years” each won two awards while a Southeastern Channel commercial was also honored. The channel won four first-place Awards of Excellence, four second-place Awards of Distinction, and one Honorable mention.  
     The Communicator Awards is an international competition recognizing outstanding work in the communication field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for organizations and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
     The 2004 video competition had 2,937 entries from the U.S. and seven other countries.  Other television winners included ABC News and the news magazine program “20/20.” Settoon said the Southeastern Channel had more first-place awards than any other television channel in the competition.
     “We’re pleased that so many of our programs have been recognized for international honors,” said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel. “It shows the quality of programs we’re committed to providing our viewers. This is the result of hard work by dedicated and talented staff and students.”
      “The Florida Parish Chronicles,” a show about the history of the Florida Parishes hosted by Southeastern history professor Samuel C. Hyde, director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, earned Awards of Distinction for editing and writing for the documentary segment “St. Tammany Parish:  Overcoming the Obstacles to Adversity.”  The program, which airs at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, was videotaped and edited by Pelle Eriksson. The script was written by Hyde and edited by Settoon, who also produces the show.  Keith Finley of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies served as research assistant. 
     “Northshore Business” won an Award of Excellence in the Business Magazine category and an Award of Distinction for Writing for a segment written by Southeastern graduate student Whitney Magee of Franklinton. “Northshore Business,” which airs at 7 p.m. on Mondays, is produced by Settoon and videotaped and edited by staff member Eriksson.
     The news magazine show “Southeastern Times” won an Award of Excellence for “University Life Program” and an Award of Distinction for “Writing.” Southeastern communication students wrote the program under the supervision of communication instructor Cheryl Settoon, who also served as managing producer. The program was produced by the Office of Public Information in conjunction with the Southeastern Channel and Department of Communication. The program airs at 7 pm. Tuesdays.      
     “Fighting Lions: The Glory Years,” a documentary on the history of Southeastern football, won two first-place Awards of Excellence in the Sports Program and Writing categories. It was written and produced by Settoon, videotaped by the channel’s operations manager Todd Dunnington and staff member Paul Catalanotto, and edited by Catalanotto.
     The Southeastern Channel infomercial detailing the station for viewers won an Honorable Mention in the Self-Promotion category. The infomercial was edited by Catalanotto and narrated by Joe Burns, assistant professor of communication.
     The Southeastern Channel broadcasts on Charter Cable Channel 18 and reaches 92,000 homes in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Washington and Livingston Parishes.  For additional information on the Southeastern Channel visit