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Spring Semester 2023 WOUB Wednesday Schedule

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Virtual Conversations Begin on February 1

ATHENS, OH – Chicago Bulls Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Chuck Swirsky will kick off the WOUB Wednesday virtual speaker series for spring semester 2023.  Swirsky graduated from Ohio University in 1976.

WOUB Wednesdays are a great way to provide students the opportunity to talk with industry professionals virtually,” said WOUB Editor-in-Chief Atish Baidya. “It provides them the chance to ask questions about the career they want to get into and network with alumni who are working in the field.”

Swirsky recently released a book which tells his life story. The book details Swirsky’s journey from Virginia to Chicago and heavily features his time in Athens, Ohio at WOUB which helped enable him to benefit from the virtues of perseverance, passion, and positivity through the leadership and mentoring of others.

“Throughout spring semester, we have several former WOUB students scheduled to talk with current students and alumni,” said WOUB Community Engagement Manager Cheri Russo. “The former students are excited to share what they have learned out in the industry with current and other former WOUB students.”

WOUB Mentoring Groups, which consist of students and alumni, also meet virtually during the semester. The three mentoring groups, Women in Media, Black Student and Alumni, and IT and Production Technology, will have former WOUB students as featured speakers to talk about the industry issues that members of the group would like to explore.

Both the WOUB Wednesday and Mentoring Group virtual discussions will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and are open to all current and former WOUB students as well as WOUB staff. Those interested can register at Registration is required for each session.


Spring Semester 2023 WOUB Wednesday Virtual Speaker Schedule:

All programs start at 7:30 p.m. ET 

February 1 – Chuck Swirsky ’76, Chicago Bulls Play-by-Play Announcer

February 8 – ESPN Digital Team

  • Vic Seper, Deputy Editor Basketball
  • Josh Capers, Senior Editor NFL
  • Liz Finny, Associate Editor MLB

February 15 – Greg Mocker ’96, NYC TV Reporter

March 1 – Aesia Toliver ’16, Portsmouth, Virginia TV Morning Anchor



Spring Semester 2023 Mentoring Group Schedule:

All group meetings start at 7:30 p.m. ET 

February 22Black Student and Alumni – Featured Speaker: Bev Mahone Gibbs ‘ 79 – Tik Tok’s Auntie Bev

March 8Women in Media  – Featured Speaker: Janelle Coleman ’95 – American Electric Power vice president of community engagement, diversity, inclusion, and the president of the AEP Foundation.

March 22IT and Production Technology – Jill Brewer ‘04 – NBC 4 Director