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Date: Dec 02, 2011
Hofstra's Longest-Running Show Celebrates 100th Episode
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY -- Hofstra University’s School of Communication is pleased to announce that the university’s longest running show, For Your Island (FYI), will air its milestone 100th episode on Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. It can be seen at 4 pm on Hofstra TV channel 35 and will also stream live on www.htvinteractive.com.
Now in its 25th season, FYI is an award-winning 30-minute television magazine show focusing on the arts, culture and entertainment of Long Island. Stories are pitched, written and produced entirely by television production seniors working in teams of two, under the guidance of faculty advisors and Department of Radio, Television, Film professors Peter Gershon, PhD and James N. Cohen.
“We tell stories about the people, subcultures, ethnic groups, activities and places on Nassau and Suffolk counties, as well as Brooklyn and Queens,” said Dr. Gershon, who is also the series creator. “Because Brooklyn and Queens are an integral part of the cultural fabric of this region, we are able to produce stories which reflect Long Island’s urban and suburban sides.”
The special 100th episode will feature stories on the Schade Academy of Irish Step Dancing, the Long Island Bonsai Society, and Long Island Spirits, the Island’s first distillery since the 1800s, as well as a live interview with David Battinelli, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Also included are special appearances by administrators and alumni of the show, many of whom have gone on to careers with major television networks and production houses.
“Since its premiere in 1999, For Your Island has not only provided informative and entertaining stories about our community, it has also been an excellent training ground for our television students to hone their skills and express their creativity,” said School of Communication Dean Evan W. Cornog, PhD. “It happens at a school, but the work is done with a professional zeal and with the aim of producing professional quality work. We are delighted by how well they succeed.”
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from more than 150 undergraduate and 160 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied health services and honor studies, as well as a School of Law and the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.