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WOUB Offering Senior Salute Television Broadcast to Regional High Schools


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The 28-minute program will help reach those without strong internet connectivity

ATHENS, OH – As high school seniors in our region and across the United States are graduating this year without many of the traditions we are accustomed to, WOUB Public Media wanted to do something to help. WOUB is offering high schools a special way to honor their graduates in these unprecedented times of COVID-19 and social distancing.

“We know many of the school districts in the communities we serve lack strong internet connectivity, and a virtual graduation ceremony would leave many excluded,” said WOUB General Manager Mark Brewer. “With that in mind, WOUB is offering high schools in our region a 28-minute television time slot on WOUB HD for schools to use to recognize their senior class.”

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to high schools as it provides a way for families across the region to be able to celebrate their seniors together while at a safe distance,” said WOUB Community Engagement Manager Cheri Russo. “WOUB is proud to offer this needed community service during this difficult time.”

WOUB is offering this to high schools at no charge. The 28-minute salute to seniors could include things like:

  • A video message from the high school principal
  • A video recording of the valedictorian’s speech
  • A recording of the high school official reading the name of each graduating senior
  • A photo montage

If high schools are interested in taking WOUB up on this community service offer, they’re being asked to Brewer (brewer@ohio.edu) by Friday, May 8.

“While we know this television broadcast will not be the same as a traditional graduation ceremony, we hope that it will give seniors an opportunity to celebrate their accomplishment and the accomplishments of their fellow classmates,” said Brewer. “We’re offering them and their families an opportunity to celebrate together while being safely apart.”