Student DJ’s Are On the Air

The long wait is finally over. Student DJs will return to the airwaves starting next week. Checkout our on air schedule to see when will will have DJs on the air. They will also be starting their blogs next week so make sure you checkout everyones page to see what is on their minds. As usual we are streaming 24/7 so tune in and turn it up! If you are interested in joining the WGLZ staff or receiving more information about the Communications program at WLU contact Jeff Pfister at...

Recruiting in Charleston, WV

Are you a sports nut? Considering a career in broadcasting? Join West Liberty Univesity sports broadcasting staff on Wednesday February 27 at the Charleston Civic Center as our WLU TV-14 student production crew broadcasts the WVIAC Basketball tournament. High school and community college students are encouraged to come out and meet current students & instructors. Learn about the opportunities in the Broadcasting Program and see how you can develop your talent for the future. For more information about the Charleston visit contact: Edward Mitchem at...

Broadcasting Students Work on Nationally Televised Games

Three West Liberty University communications students were praised for their knowledge and professionalism when they recently worked on the national broadcast of a high school basketball tournament in Wheeling. Samantha Gretchen, Britni Lindgren and Todd Ullom, led by WLU instructor and WLSN producer Chuck Scatterday, worked alongside ESPN professionals on the sports network’s broadcast of Cancer Research Classic games. Dave Andrews, ESPN camera operator, said, “The girls were great as utes (utility workers). They knew what they were doing all night and had my back. It’s a great feeling to have when you’re busy staring down a viewfinder for three hours.” The students’ enthusiasm impressed Dadja Roerig, a video operator. “They were quick to help and pitched in early and often,” she said. Mike Krivens, operations producer, echoed that sentiment. “Todd was spot on both days. He had a good attitude and was fast to help when directed. He had no complaints and did the job, and they knew how to over/under cables. That’s ‘TV101’ and they had it covered.  Good job!” “Over/under” refers to a method of preparing television cables for storage. It is considered by the television industry the only proper way to coil cables, as it protects them and ensures that they will lay flat for their next use. Jeff Habak, a freelance camera operator who photographed the basketball games for ESPN, told Scatterday, “Your students understood what it took to get the job done.” Scatterday, who worked at ESPN for many years before joining WLU and its television operations, said he was pleased with the trio’s work. Working with the ESPN crew was an invaluable...

McCullough Presents Scholarly research at National Conferences

West Liberty University’s Ryan McCullough has a busy semester ahead of him. In addition to the communications instructor’s usual WLU courseload of oral communications, argumentation and debate, organizational communication and media ethics classes, and guiding the university’s forensics team, he will be presenting scholarly research at several conferences in 2012. Last year, he and co-author Dan Mistich presented a paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” at the National Communication Association’s convention in New Orleans. The research examined the works of Aristotle and the French philosopher Jacques Derrida. During the spring semester, he will present papers at the Appalachian Studies Association conference, the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s national conference and at the Rhetoric Society of America’s meeting. “Participating in scholarship,” McCullough said, “makes me a better teacher. It helps me become more familiar with the literature and subjects the students will be studying.” In addition to presenting their research at professional conferences, McCullough and Mistich have co-authored a chapter of a soon-to-be-published anthology about pop culture novelist, philosopher and essayist Chuck Klosterman, “Chuck Klosterman and Philosophy,” edited by Seth Vannatta and published by Open Court. “The chapter we have written is, ‘Is that what you really want?’” McCullough explained. “It is about desire in Klosterman’s writings and how desire is communicated.” In his third year of teaching at WLU, McCullough earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall...

WLU Students Contribute to Weather Channel Documentary

Applying knowledge gained through their West Liberty University communications courses and acquiring valuable real-world experience in the process, Sam Miller and Seth Starkey recently returned to the West Liberty University campus after working on a Weather Channel documentary. WLU professor Christian D’Andrea, who heads the university’s documentary filmmaking program, is the executive producer, creator and director of “Hurricane Hunters,” a new documentary series debuting on the Weather Channel in 2012. The Hurricane Hunters are an Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Miss., which flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them. The team obtains key pieces of meteorological data that can be gathered only by flying into the eye of a hurricane. The television series tracks their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season. He selected Miller and Starkey to work on the production in September. “We had what I would characterize as a very successful internship. It actually went beyond internship.  I integrated Sam and Seth into the crew,” D’Andrea explained. He added that the film crew and Air Force personnel “began to look to Sam and Seth for insight into shots, help wrangling equipment, help managing characters and complex scene set-ups, and even executing shots and capturing critical moments.” He noted, “The students were second unit directors on a number of scenes, empowered to make the call on key storylines, run interviews and stage shots.” D’Andrea praised the students for their professionalism and job performance. “They were trusted by all of us.  We trusted them to go off and get shots and pickups we needed.  We trusted them with our expensive equipment, including...

Ryan McCullough Presents at NCA

Journalism and Communication Studies Instructor, Ryan McCullough presented research at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 97th Annual Convention. The conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 17-20. The NCA Annual Convention is the largest and most prestigious communication studies-related convention in the country. Mr. McCullough co-authored a paper with Daniel Mistich from the University of Georgia. Their paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” was part of a panel entitled, “The Voice of Continental Philosophy in Rhetorical and Communication Theory.” The panel was sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA. Other members of the panel included Matthew Morris from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle LaVigne from the University of San Fransisco, and Robert Green from Purdue University. Mr. McCullough and Mr. Mistich received very positive responses from the audience members. “I believe we received some very valuable comments, criticisms, and feedback,” stated Mr. McCullough. “Based on the response to the presentation, I certainly believe we can extend this paper into a published article.”...