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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
by: Tonya Lowentritt
SOUTHEASTERN CHANNEL WINS TELLY AWARD - The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable channel, won a national 2013 Telly Award for its episode of the travel show "Northshore Gems" that featured the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and Tickfaw State Park. It was the channel's 34th national Telly in the past 10 years. Pictured are Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon (left) and show host Rob Moreau.
HAMMOND – The Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University's educational cable access channel, has won a national 2013 Telly Award for its originally-produced travel show, "Northshore Gems."
The episode featuring the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and the Tickfaw State Park was honored with the Telly in the travel show category.
The Telly Awards is a national competition honoring local, regional, and cable television programs, commercials, video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators and advertising agencies throughout the world.
This was the 34th Telly Award won by the Southeastern Channel in its 10 years of existence.
"Winning a national Telly Award for Northshore Gems is a great honor," said channel General Manager Rick Settoon, "and it recognizes the high quality and rich content of community programming that we try to provide viewers in our area."
The winning episode was produced by Byron Caplan and hosted by Rob Moreau, a member of the Southeastern biological sciences faculty and director of the university's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station in Pass Manchac.
In the program, Moreau tours the Maritime Museum, featuring exhibits, educational opportunities and activities for all ages, such as boatbuilding and robotic water vessels. The segment spotlights the Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival.
In the second half of the show, Moreau and his family visit the Tickfaw State Park to explore its natural and scenic beauty, along with its educational and recreational offerings.
"This episode about the Maritime Museum and Tickfaw State Park is a great example of exactly what the show Northshore Gems is about – a look at those places in our region that are sort of like hidden gems – places you may not know a lot about, but when you see the shows you realize just what great opportunities await there," Moreau said.
"The fact that the episode won a Telly Award shows that it was successful not only because of its educational component but because of its entertainment aspect as well," Moreau added.
"Northshore Gems" airs on the Southeastern Channel at 7 pm. Mondays and Wednesdays and at 8 pm. Saturdays.
The 2013 competition received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Among the winners were the History Channel, NBC, ABC, ESPN, Fox Sports, PBS, Turner Studios, and others.
The Southeastern Channel has won over 200 national, international and regional awards, including nine Emmys and 34 Emmy nominations. The channel can be seen on Charter Cable Channel 18 in Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Tammany parishes and on Channel 17 in Washington Parish. The live 24/7 webcast and Video on Demand are viewed in 47 countries and 46 states monthly at www.southeastern.edu/tv.