WBOC TV and Fox21 Donate Broadcast News Set to UMES

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2007

    WBOC GiftPRINCESS ANNE, MD-Students enrolled in television production courses at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will note a significant upgrade in their classroom experience this fall, thanks to the generosity of WBOC TV and its sister station FOX21 Delmarva.

    Draper Holdings Business Trust, the parent company of the two local television stations, has donated a professional broadcast news set that has been installed on the UMES campus in Princess Anne.  The news desk and its backdrop were previously used by station personnel.  When the company decided to make a change in its studio facility, General Manager Rick Jordan decided to donate the surplus set to the UMES Department of English and Modern Languages.  "We're pleased to be able to assist in the education of UMES students interested in television careers," he said. 

    The WBOC and FOX21 donation will be used in the production of student programming.  "This will give our students the opportunity to practice their craft in a truly professional atmosphere," said Dr. Chester Hedgepeth, interim chair of the UMES English Department.  "We're grateful to WBOC for providing such a valuable addition to our classroom instruction."

    The donation of television equipment by Draper Holdings Business Trust adds to the Campaign for Academic Excellence, a $14 million, seven-year fundraising effort to enhance the educational experience of UMES students.  For more information about the campaign, contact Gains Hawkins, vice president of institutional advancement, UMES, 410-651-7773. 

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    Marilyn L. Buerkle, visual information specialist, UMES Department of English and Modern Languages, 410-651-8349, mlbuerkle@umes.edu.

    Contact:  Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.

     

    Photo Caption WBOC TV news anchor Steve Hammond (L) joins Dr. Chester Hedgepeth, interim chair, Department of English and Modern Languages, on the news set donated to UMES.  Photo by Robin Hoffman.