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Communication Faculty Spearhead Television Programs

April 14, 2008
By: WSU News

Julian Berrian, Alta Carroll, and Julie Frechette (Communication), in conjunction with the Center for Community Media, have spearheaded the production of two television shows designed to benefit the greater Worcester community:  Esperanza y Su Exito (Hope and Your Success) and The J.P. Mortgage & Home Advisors Show.

Esperanza y Su Exito is a television program targeted at the approximately 55,000 Latinos in Worcester County. The show, designed to educate, entertain, empower, inform and inspire the Latino community, began production at the beginning of the spring 2008 semester.

Each show features a guest interview, arts or cuisine, a financial, and health segments.  The project is sponsored by Jean-Pierre Puchulu of J.P. Hope Production Co. and Esperanza Donovan-Pendric; both activist members of the Worcester County Latino community.

After producing two episodes, the show was forced to halt production when investors pulled their financing, citing the current economic downturn.

The Center is seeking funding from the college and external grants to propel this program forward. The program is expected to air in the fall of 2008.

The J.P. Mortgage & Home Advisors Show targets the general public and provides important and accurate information on home ownership, especially given the current housing crisis.

The first show aired on March 15 on WCTR-TV3, with subsequent programs airing each Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Saturdays at 12:00pm.

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