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Student-Produced TV Show Launches Fall Season

Oct. 13, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Lane Fortenberry


“City Spotlight,” the 30-minute Sam Houston State University student-produced television show that focuses on people, places and events in Huntsville and on campus, will begin airing of shows for the fall semester on KSHU-TV, Channel 7, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m.

Each show will be re-broadcast the following week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Mondays at the same time. The first guests will be Abby Hurt, the Greek Life coordinator and Jerrell Sherman, the associate dean of Students for Student Conduct and Advocacy.

“City Spotlight” was created by students in the SHSU’s Department of Mass Communication. It is jointly produced and promoted by broadcast production students and student members of Priority One, the student public relations service. The show is hosted by Peter Roussel, Philip G. Warner Endowed Chair in the department of Mass Communication.

“This show, and the production and promotion aspects involved, truly serves as a hands-on experience for the students,” Roussel said. “It is a meaningful way of preparing communications students for their future careers.”

In addition to the interviews, each episode features segments highlighting different aspects of life in Huntsville and on the SHSU campus. These segments are produced by broadcast students, under the supervision of Professor Mel Strait, who also serve as the show’s production crew. Priority One students secure guests, prepare questions and promote the show.

Some of the previous guests have included SHSU President Dana Hoyt, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication Ronald Shields, Head Football Coach K.C. Keeler, Huntsville Mayor Mac Woodward, Wynne Home Arts Center Cultural Coordinator Linda Pease and others.

For more information on the show, or to suggest a guest, please contact Paige Proenza ( or Brittany Smith (

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