October 10, 2012

CBS Sports will air “The Road to Saturday” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

See online feature on Yahoo today; see 30-minute special on CBS Sports Wednesday night

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University is getting national attention as CBS Sports is scheduled to air a 30-minute television show called "The Road to Saturday" tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The program, which was produced by Holden Production Group of Dallas for Yahoo and CBS Sports, takes a look behind the scenes as the football team, the band, cheerleaders, the Orchesis dance company and others prepared for Saturday’s State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

During the filming last week on campus, a two-man film crew interviewed Doug Williams, the head football coach, along with two assistant coaches as well as players, band members, cheerleaders, dancers and member of the royal court, including Miss Grambling State University, about what the State Fair Classic means to them and what it means to represent Grambling State University.

Fans can watch the Yahoo Sports feature on the football team and the band by clicking http://sports.yahoo.com/featured/roadtosaturday/

To see the 30-minute special on the CBS Sports Network, fans can tune into one of the channels below or check their local listings for times and channels in their area:

Direct TV, Channel 613
Dish Network, Channel 158
Sudden Link in Ruston, Channels 119 and 731
Comcast in Monroe, Channels 735 and 393

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Additional Information:

Media Contact:
Santoria Black
318-274-6199
-or-
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

 

October 8, 2012

Grambling State Featured on Yahoo/CBS Sports

By TRENT BROWN
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling State University is getting national attention this week with two special, televised segments about the institution. Yahoo starting airing two online segments late Monday night and the CBS Sports Network is scheduled to air a 30-minute television show, "The Road to Saturday," on Wednesday night.

This concept isn’t new. The production house that does the work for Yahoo and CBS, the Holden Production Group in Dallas, has produced shows about Texas Tech, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Southern Methodist University (SMU). Grambling State University is the fourth stop during their fall college road tour, and the first historically black university they’ve covered.

Producer Ashton Campbell and photography director Robert Howell spent Wednesday and Thursday interviewing Coach Doug Williams, other coaches and football players as well as members of the university’s royal court, cheer squad representatives, Orchesis  dance company members and members of the marching band.

They worked into the night each day, going beyond 9 p.m. Thursday. They returned to Dallas Friday to start production. On Saturday, they spent much of the day at the Texas Cotton Bowl, doing additional interviews and shooting as Grambling State took on Prairie View A&M University at the decades-old annual State Fair Classic. Prairie View won, 37-14. It was the first win of the season for Prairie View as the team went to 1-5. Grambling slipped to 0-5. Though this annual battle has been going on for decades, this is the first time a worldwide audience will learn about Grambling State’s history, legacies and traditions.

“The average football fan in California or Idaho probably doesn’t know anything about Grambling, so our job is basically show what goes the behind the scenes and to show the preparation leading up to the game on Saturday,” segment producer Ashton Campbell said during an interview on campus in between interviews. He said his goal is to enlighten and info the audience.

For photography director Robert Howell, traveling from school to school each week is an mystery adventure in itself. “The funny part is that we don’t know where we’re going next week. We’re hanging on the seat of our pants,” laughed Howell. “(We) can’t wait to get the phone call on where were headed next week.”

Will Sutton, the university’s public relations and communications director, said there was a lot of excitement on campus about the film crew visit and anticipation about all the national attention. Though the university has been featured by HBO, ESPN and others in the past, the idea of an online show and a television show focused on much of what goes into preparing for a big weekend football game is exciting. "This all came together pretty quickly, and Coach Williams and his team of coaches and players were quite accommodating," said Sutton. "Then we pulled in the marching band, the cheer squad, the dance team, the royal court and others. Plus, some students helped film some of the footage, and others covered the activity."

Mickey Holden, the show’s executive producer, said in a telephone interview that he wants the show to let the audience know about Grambling’s rich history, legendary coach Eddie Robinson and how this event is bigger than football. He happened to see the Grambling head football coach and thought he’d give the concept a shot.

“I saw Doug Williams at a dinner in Dallas a few months back and I mentioned to him that I would love to showcase Grambling and the richness of their legacy,” said Holden, who owns the production company. “We worked Yahoo to create a visual experience, and Ashton and Robert are skilled story tellers so putting these two guys together was a no brainer.”

Mic’d up at practice on Wednesday, Williams was comfortable as he did what he normally does, watching exercises, plays, players and coaches then lending his wisdom. The film crew put a mic on Larry Pannell, director of the Tiger marching band, on Thursday as he called musicians over one by one and shouted feedback from atop a ladder.

About 8 a.m. Thursday, Campbell and Howell were roaming the Eddie Robinson stadium, shooting an empty stadium from different angles. Seats. Field. Sidelines. End zone. Score board. These shots were filler, or B roll, to help with the show’s backdrop. In addition, the crew got some video from the university’s television center to consider using.

Though this annual battle has been going on for decades, this is the first time a worldwide audience will learn about Grambling State’s history, legacies and the result of the Texas Cotton Bowl battle on the field.

Yahoo’s segment will air Monday about 6 p.m. CBS Sports will air “The Road to Saturday” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Locally, viewers can watch the television program via the following:

Dish Network, Channel 158
DirecTV, Channel 613
Sudden Link Ruston, Channels 119 and731
Comcast in the Monroe area, Channels 735 and 393

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Additional Information:

Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

 

Dunbar Gallery Hosts Photographic Cloud Exhibit

University employee tells area stories through photographs

GRAMBLING, LA – Grambling State University’s Dunbar Gallery will host an exhibition entitled Mostly Skyz: The Grambling Area, by Terence C. Williams II now through November 8.

Williams received his bachelor of fine arts degree in sequential art from Savannah School of Art and Design in 2001. He moved to Grambling from Southern California in 2010 and is employed as a lab/studio equipment supervisor in the department of visual and performing arts.  One of the differences he sees in the area is the weather, especially the clouds.  He has documented these scenes from the Grambling area, shooting silhouetted photographs against dramatic skies.

Williams is connected through his family to the legacy of the university. He is the grandson of William McIntosh, former dean of liberal arts and Lucy McIntosh, retired department head and faculty in the department of sociology. Williams formed memories of the university, and the area, while visiting his grandparents throughout the years.  He remembers attending Grambling State University summer camps on campus. Although his mother attended another university, two aunts are proud Grambling State alumni. 

The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist on November 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Dunbar Gallery. The gallery is located in Dunbar Fine Arts Annex on Hutchinson Street in Grambling. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Accommodations are available for large groups and people with special needs. For more information about the exhibition, call 318-274-2274. This exhibition is sponsored in part by “Friends of the Arts.”

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Media Contact:
Will Sutton
318-533-5337
mediarelations@gram.edu

 

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