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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 5/13/04
       HAMMOND – Original programs created by the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational cable access channel, have won six national Videographer Awards.
       "Fighting Lions: The Glory Years," a 90-minute documentary about the history of Southeastern football, won three awards while the "2003 North Shore Gubernatorial Forum,” "Southeastern Times,” and "Come Memory...,” a Southeastern Wind Symphony concert, won one award each.  All have aired on the Southeastern Channel on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes and on Charter Channel 17 in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. 
       The Videographer Awards is an international competition honoring talented companies and individuals from cable and broadcast television channels and video production companies.  The 2004 competition included 2,134 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries.
       First-place winners were presented the Videographer Award of Excellence, which are programs judged to be written, produced, shot and edited in an exceptional manner.  Second-place winners took home the Videographer Award of Distinction for projects judged to be outstanding and clearly exceeding industry standards.  Third-place Honorable Mention recognition was given for work deemed to be above industry standards.
       "To receive so many top honors from an international competition as prestigious as the Videographer Awards is truly a great accomplishment,” said Rick Settoon, general manager of the channel.  "The fact that a variety of different programs were recognized shows viewers that the Southeastern Channel produces and airs top-quality programs for a wide range of tastes."  
       "Fighting Lions:  The Glory Years," produced by the channel, won the first-place Award of Excellence for both "Sports Program" and "Writing" categories. The documentary also won an Honorable Mention for "Editing."  The program was written, produced and narrated by Settoon, and edited by channel staff member Paul Catalanotto. Both Catalanotto and Todd Dunnington, operations manager for the channel, served as videographers while Cheryl Cannon was the production secretary.
       "The 2003 North Shore Gubernatorial Forum,” also produced by the Southeastern Channel, won a second-place Award of Distinction in the "Public Affairs Program" category.  Settoon produced the forum program, a live event staged at the University Center last September in which candidates discussed economic and transportation issues facing the North Shore.
       "Southeastern Times," a university news magazine produced by the Office of Public Information in conjunction with the Southeastern Channel and the university's communication department, won the first place Award of Excellence in the "Educational Institution/ College/University" category. The program was produced and written by Cheryl Settoon of the Public Information staff and was edited by Steve Kleyle. Kleyle, Levet, and students Andy and Sammy Richmond served as videographers. Student co-hosts were Whitney Magee and Sean Gasser. "Southeastern Times" is a regular program on the channel airing at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
       "Come Memory...” won a second-place Award of Distinction.  The program was produced by Public Information Office staff and students in conjunction with the Southeastern Channel.