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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by The Press in Business Showcase

Election telecast with Lafayette

Lafayette College is partnering with WLVT Channel 39 to produce a live, student-run election night broadcast from the college's Farinon Center.

The PBS station will air the live show to its 2.6 million viewers in northeastern United States 9 - 11 p.m. Nov. 6.

More than 100 students from a variety of majors are working on the show, "Fifty States of Grey," which will feature up-to-the-minute information on the races for President, Senate, and House of Representatives.

"This is the type of practical experience that requires students to become creative problem-solvers," says organizer Mark Crain, Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of policy studies.

Lafayette students produced a presidential election broadcast in 2008, but this is the first time the college is working with PBS39.

PBS39 Station Manager Amy Burkett says the broadcast represents a milestone for PBS39, which relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

"We've never done an election night broadcast before," says Burkett, who also hosts the show "Tempo InDepth."

PBS39 is working with students on writing scripts, shooting videos and editing.

On election night, New Century Productions will provide the mobile production facility and support.