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Fall Semester 2023 “WOUB Wednesday” Schedule

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Virtual Conversations Begin on September 6

ATHENS, OH – WOUB Public Media and the WOUB Alumni Network are excited to announce that Producer/Commentator/Host/Actor/Comedian Brian Unger will kick off the WOUB Wednesday virtual speaker series for fall semester 2023.  Unger graduated from Ohio University in 1987.

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.”

Unger worked both on the air and behind the scenes at WOUB in radio, TV and traffic. WOUB TV Producers Keith Newman and David Sabbath took Unger under their wings and gave him opportunities to explore video production. After working on several national news programs, Unger moved into the entertainment side of the media industry. He served as a correspondent and producer for The Daily Show and his career started down a different path. He worked as a satirical commentator on NPR’s Day to Day. The producer, commentator, host, actor and comedian’s other credits include: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Yellowstone, Some Assembly Required, and the History Channel’s How the States Got Their Shapes. Unger recently finished producing a home renovation series for House Beautiful magazine, and he’s currently directing and producing House Hunters International for HGTV.

“Throughout fall semester, we have several former WOUB students and industry professionals scheduled to talk with current students and alumni,” said WOUB Community Engagement and Membership Manager Cheri Russo. “They 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



Fall Semester 2023 WOUB Wednesday Virtual Speaker Schedule:

All programs start at 7:30 p.m. ET 


September 6 – Brian Unger ’87, Producer/Commentator/Host/Actor/Comedian

October 4 – Ethan Huston ’06, WGAL TV Meteorologist

October 18 – Tom Jennings ’93, PBS FRONTLINE Producer/Writer/Director

November 1 – Elise Hammond ’20, CNN Live Breaking News Writer



Fall Semester 2023 Mentoring Group Schedule:

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


September 13 – IT and Production Technology – Featured Speaker: Dan Lannon ’10 – ESPN Production Operations Manager

September 27 – Women in Media  – Featured Speaker: Janelle Coleman ’95 – American Electric Power vice president of community engagement, diversity, inclusion, and the president of the AEP Foundation.

October 25 – Black Student and Alumni – Featured Speaker: Aesia Toliver ’16 – Portsmouth, Virginia TV Anchor/Reporter