Live TV debut for WCSU students

For the first time in WCSU history, a class of communication students covered the local elections for selected towns in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties on live television. From 8 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, students reported on Danbury and 14 surrounding towns out of the Charter Communications Cable Access Studio, 9 Commerce Road in Newtown.

Airing on channel 21 and reaching the nearly 65,000 households that subscribe to the Charter network, the live program, “Election Eleven, WCSU News,” covered election outcomes for Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, Monroe, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Roxbury, Sherman, Southbury, Trumbull, Washington and Woodbury.

Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. JC Barone is both the creator of the news show and instructor for the class that produced it. “We provided an exciting and important community service and gave our students an excellent opportunity,” Barone said.

The award-winning live show, part of COM 394 “Live News and Election Broadcast,” was the result of a collaboration between Charter Communications, WCSU’s Office of University Computing and WXCI 91.7, the campus radio station. On the night of the live program, WXCI 91.7 provided a simulcast and University Computing supplied the Internet broadcast.

Students in the same communication class also won a Telly Award for an episode of "Good Evening, Connecticut," a live, 30-minute magazine show aired on Charter Communications in the spring.

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WCSU students and faculty ‘go live’ on Election Day. Pictured on the Election Eleven set are (l-r): Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Truman Keys, Professor of Social Sciences Dr. Chris Kukk and Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Jay Brower.