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City Spotlight To Launch Spring Season

March 13, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney

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Priority 1“City Spotlight,” Sam Houston State University’s student-produced television show that focuses on people, places and events in Huntsville, on campus and around Walker County, will begin airing for the spring semester on KSHU-TV, Channel 7, on Wednesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. Each week, the show will be re-broadcast on Wednesday, Friday, and Monday at the same time. 

“City Spotlight,” was created by students in 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 relation service. The students are under the supervision of Department of Mass Communication professors Mel Strait and Peter Roussel, with the latter also serving as on-air host.

 “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, with the segments being produced by the broadcast students. The students of Priority One, the student public relations service, secure the guests, prepare questions and promote the show.

The first guests of the season are Debbie Charbonneau, Main Street coordinator and Rebecca Grimes, associate professor of Voice and director of Opera Workshop. Some of the previous guests on City Spotlight have included SHSU President Dana Hoyt, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication Ron Shields, Head Football Coach K.C. Keeler, Wynne Home Arts Center Cultural Coordinator Linda Pease and others.

For more information on the show, or to suggest a guest, please contact Courtney Coumos (

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