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WOUB announces student staff for next season's 'Gridiron Glory'

ATHENS, Ohio (March 2, 2005) -- "Gridiron Glory" will have a new face for an exciting seventh season. After a two-step audition process involving on-set reporter and producer interaction, teleprompter reading, writing and interviewing, Alex Adeyanju will be the new studio host for "Gridiron Glory."

Adeyanju has been a "Gridiron" reporter for the last three years. He has extensive experience reporting in the field and is very familiar with southeastern Ohio football. Alex played high school football in Lawrence, Kansas. Now residing in Athens, and a broadcast news major in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Alex has been working at WOUB since his freshman year and has covered many teams at Ohio University, including: men's basketball, volleyball, baseball and others. Mike Rodriguez, WOUB's student professional development manager, says, "Alex will bring a different flair to the program this year. He has energy, enthusiasm, and excitement for the game that will be communicated to the fans."

The new "Gridiron" producer, senior Joe Barrett, a telecommunications major from Canton, Ohio, will guide "Gridiron" through the season. Joe's tenacious attention to detail and savvy about the area's football teams earned him the top spot. Joe's journalistic experience includes covering Ohio athletics for "WOUB News," "Bobcat Blitz," The Post and co-hosting the AVW production "Ohio Sports Zone." Joe anticipates pressure to uphold what fans expect of the area's only program that gives comprehensive scores and highlights of high school football. Rodriguez says, "Joe worked hard to learn the system and is a disciplined, enthusiastic producer. He will take 'Gridiron' to another level."

"Gridiron Glory" not only provides viewers with the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of high school football, but it also offers students "live" television experience and invaluable training for sports writers and reporters. "Gridiron Glory" is a student produced program and is based solely on Ohio University students who volunteer their Friday nights to make the production a reality. "Gridiron" will return to WOUB in August.

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Media Contacts: Public Information Coordinator Kelly Martin, (740) 593-4944 or kelly_martin@woub.pbs.org or Student Professional Development Manager Mike Rodriguez, (740) 593-4788

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