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Pictured to celebrate a partnership between WIU and WGEM-TV in Macomb Thursday, from left, are WIU Instructor and Director of Sports Broadcasting Sean Ingrassia; senior broadcasting major Mario Calero; WIU President Jack Thomas; WGEM Vice President/General Manager Carlos Fernandez; Broadcasting Chair William "Buzz" Hoon and COFAC Dean Billy Clow.
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WIU senior broadcasting major Lucas Whitten, of Mount Carmel, IL
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WGEM's Ben Marth and WIU freshman broadcasting major Brandon Dragon, of Chicago, IL.
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WIU-WGEM Partnership Benefits Students

November 20, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – A partnership between a regional television station and broadcasting and journalism students at Western Illinois University was celebrated Nov. 19 on the University's Macomb campus.

WGEM-TV Vice President and General Manager Carlos Fernandez and WGEM Director of Operations and Engineering Jim Lawrence visited WIU President Jack Thomas Thursday to thank him for the work of students during an Oct. 23 live broadcast of the high school football game between Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame (QND) at Flinn Stadium in Quincy.

WIU broadcasting and journalism students and faculty traveled to Quincy with the wiutv3 sports truck to help with the broadcast. WIU sports broadcasting students worked behind the scenes in the truck and on camera while WGEM provided the on-screen talent. WIU senior broadcasting major Mario Calero, who works at WGEM while he is attending school, directed the production.

The students will travel to Quincy again Saturday, Dec. 19 to collaborate on the Quincy/QND basketball game.

While on campus Thursday, Fernandez and Lawrence presented Thomas with a collage of pictures of the students at work during the broadcast, as well as blu-ray and DVD copies of the production.

"We appreciate the opportunity for our students, faculty and staff," said Thomas.

For more information about the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism, visit

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