WCSU students, faculty to broadcast election preview on Nov. 1

DANBURY, CONN. — For the past five years, Western Connecticut State University has filled the local void in live election night coverage for cable TV viewers in Fairfield and Litchfield counties with its production of the award-winning “Election Connection” program. Building on this success, WCSU will expand coverage to include a live election preview show that will air from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, on Charter Cable Channel 192, with simultaneous broadcast on WXCI-91.7 FM and live streaming on the WCSU website at www.wcsu.edu/live.

Dr. JC Barone, associate professor of communication and media arts, will serve as executive producer for both the Nov. 1 election preview and the annual election night program that will air live from 8 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Both shows will be produced in the newly built high-definition TV broadcasting studio in Higgins Hall Annex on the university’s Midtown campus in Danbury.

For the election preview show, student anchors Michael C. Medeiros, of Danbury; Katie Kelly, of Stratford; JP Sheehan, of Bethel; and Chris Walker, of Danbury, will be joined by WCSU faculty members including:

  • Dr. Carina Bandhauer, professor of sociology, discussing immigration, anti-immigration sentiment, trade policies and globalization;
  • Dr. Mitch Wagener, professor of biology, and student meteorologist Zachary Duhaime, examining climate change and its political implications;
  • Dr. Averell Manes, professor of political science, discussing gender issues;
  • Dr. Donald Gagnon, professor of English, discussing LGBTQ issues; and
  • Dr. D. L. Stephenson, professor of communication and media arts, analyzing race relations, policing and government intrusions upon personal privacy

Producers for the show will be WCSU students John Board, of Redding; Jimmy Fitch, of Waterbury; Steve Wasserman, of Orange; and Jason Burk, of Madison. WCSU students are participating in the production as part of the fall semester course, “Live News and Election Coverage,” taught by Barone.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486 or contact Barone at baronej@wcsu.edu.



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