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'good Day Una' Premieres Today

Feb. 27, 2013

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - Ten student members ofAlpha Epsilon Rho (AERho), theUniversity of North Alabama chapter of the National Broadcasting Society, have announced that the premiere segment of their own weekly talk show, "Good Day UNA," will be filmed in the GUC Atrium today at noon. "Good Day UNA" is an undertaking with combined effort of the 10-student team and the adviser of AERho, Dr. Patricia Sanders to create a television talk show for UNA that will benefit broadcast and media production students, as well as the UNA student audience. "If this is something (the students) really want to work on and see it through, I see it becoming an informative and entertaining arm for the university community and for students, and something they can make their own," Sanders said. Communication students Kaitlin Chappell, Jasmine Redus and Katie Dansby will anchor "Good Day UNA." The student production team includes Marissa Castille, Taelor Hopwood, Jaleesa Diggins, Arielle Stearnes, Hunter Middleton, Tiffany McDaniel and Kelsey White. "We just wanted to do something to tell students about what's going on on campus and talk to students about hot topics on the Web, current events and campus announcements," saidChappell, a broadcast journalism major at UNA who has been supporting the idea since its inception. Chappell said audience participation will be vital for the first show. The anchoring crew will ask questions of audience members and mention Tweets on the show. Wednesday's show will also feature special guest Rachel Wammack, winner of last semester's MEISA showcase and of the talent portion of the recent Miss UNA Scholarship Pageant. Wednesday's show will be filmed by students enrolled in COM 343, a media production project course taught by faculty member Jason Flynn. The video will be uploaded to the show's social media pages, including Facebook.com/GoodDayUNA and Twitter.com/GoodDayUNA, and other online media this afternoon. After Wednesday's show, members of the "Good Day UNA" team will conduct filming and production themselves, Sanders said. Chappell said the team would like to eventually broadcast live on Channel 85, UNA's closed-circuit channel. "We're just trying to find out what we want to do," Chappell said. "It's for the students; so, anything that students and faculty want us to talk about, that's what we want to talk about."