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May 15, 2014

Grand Lake the subject of new RSU-TV series

CLAREMORE — Rogers State University Public Television has debuted “Living Grand on Grand Lake,” a new weekly half-hour program that will highlight the people, places and events in one of Oklahoma’s most popular destinations.

Hosted by local resident and community leader Tad Jones of the Grand Lake Association and Kristi Wallace with INTEGRIS Grove Hospital, the show will provide a unique examination of the life and culture of surrounding Grand Lake in northeastern Oklahoma.

The program debuted at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 1, and will repeat at 10 a.m., on the following Saturday.

“Each episode will feature segments on the people and places found around the lake, along with a selection of upcoming events,” said RSU Public TV General Manager Royal Aills. “Grand Lake is Green Country’s most popular destination for entertainment. It’s known as one of this state’s great escapes. From Har-Bar Village to Shangri La, Grand Lake is Oklahoma’s choice for fun in the sun.”

Many residents from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City reside at Grand Lake during the summer. For those weekenders who are looking for something to do, the show’s content will inform them of upcoming events on the lake.

RSU alumnus Justin Reed will be producing original content for the show’s 13 original episodes, which will each be rebroadcast throughout the summer and updated with new content about upcoming events on the lake.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to produce this show. I’ve not done anything like this before but I know it will be a piece of television everyone will want to watch,” he said.

Four area businesses have signed on to sponsor the show: Grand River Dam Authority, Arrowhead Yacht Club, Grand Lake Association and INTEGRIS Grove Hospital. Additional sponsors are needed to help offset the costs of the show. RSU Public TV officials initially hoped to have 12 sponsors to fund the program. Aills believes he will achieve that goal once the program starts airing.

RSU Public TV is the only full-powered public television station licensed to a public university in Oklahoma. The station provides educational, cultural and general interest programming to an audience of 1.3 million viewers in northeastern Oklahoma, and the Tulsa metropolitan area. RSU Public TV broadcasts via DISH, DirectTV and UHF Channel 35 and is carried on 76 cable systems including Cox Cable Channel 109 (35.1) and 110 (35.2) in Tulsa and Claremore.

For more information or to underwrite the station’s programs, please contact RSU Public TV at (918) 343-7952 or visit www.rsu.tv.

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