New and Diverse Programs in the Air at ECU-TV
By Doug Boyd
A new program called “Health Issues” headlines the upcoming program schedule for the university’s television channel, ECU-TV.
“Health Issues” will be hosted by Jennifer Galimore, a senior public relations major in the East Carolina University School of Communications. The show will focus on diseases and conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and diabetes, and feature interviews with health professionals as well as patient stories. Shows will be taped on location and in the television studio of the Center for Health Sciences Communication at the Brody School of Medicine.
The channel has been known as ECU-TV for about a year. Before that, it was known primarily by its position on the Greenville cable TV dial: Channel 99. The main people behind the station are ECU-TV director Bryan Edge, and CHSC TV producer/directors Mike Myles and Norm Collins.
Although ECU-TV originated in the medical school and features health-related programs such as “Health Issues” and “Health Leaders,” hosted by Dr. Tom Irons, ECU associate vice chancellor for regional health services, Edge said he wants the channel to serve the entire university and reach ECU friends and alumni outside of Greenville.
“It’s my hope this station can grow beyond Greenville,” Edge said. “My vision … is that people will be able to view it statewide. It will be a great marketing tool for the university.”
Other programs on ECU-TV include the Skip Holtz and Ricky Stokes shows and replays of some football and basketball games. “Way-back Wednesday” features archive footage such as the 1975 ECU orientation film and a 1980 tour of the medical campus with then-ECU Chancellor Leo W. Jenkins and Dr. William Laupus, then dean of the medical school. Campus events are also listed on a crawl at the bottom of the screen.
Another new show coming this fall is “Excellence through Partnership,” to be hosted by Dr. Marilyn Shearer, dean of the ECU College of Education.
The channel also airs programming from NASA-TV, such as live space shuttle launches, educational shows and documentaries.
ECU-TV can be watched live over the Internet at www.ecu.edu/ecutv, and some programs are available for download after they have aired.
ECU-TV began in 1996 when the city of Greenville and the local cable television franchise gave the university a spot on the cable dial, Channel 99. Not much happened with the channel those first few years, then Edge was hired in 2000 to get it going.
While ratings information isn’t available, Edge said he thinks ECU-TV is gaining popularity. “I usually receive e-mails or phone calls every week from viewers who enjoyed watching a certain program or want to make a suggestion for future programming,” said Edge. “I believe ECU is beginning to recognize the potential of having its own television station.”
Galimore came to her “Health Issues” hosting role unexpectedly. A former ECU volleyball player, she did color commentary when ECU-TV began broadcasting volleyball matches. An internship at CHSC followed, and now she has her own show.
“I didn’t really expect it, being an intern, how things have fallen into place,” Galimore said. “But it’s been a lot of fun. It’s been valuable experience.”