SLU TV channel wins regional Emmy Award

Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- University television station honored -- General Manager Rick Settoon, right, and Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto display the regional Emmy Award won by Southeastern Louisiana University's Southeastern Channel.
Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- University television station honored -- General Manager Rick Settoon, right, and Operations Manager Steve Zaffuto display the regional Emmy Award won by Southeastern Louisiana University's Southeastern Channel.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access television channel has been recognized with another regional Emmy Award.

A series of promotional spots for the Southeastern Channel-produced “Strength, Endurance, Tradition” image campaign won the prestigious award in the “Commercial” category. Channel operations manager Steve Zaffuto produced, directed, videotaped and edited the commercials.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences made the award after reviewing nominations from entries submitted by television stations and production companies in the Suncoast Region, which includes Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

The Southeastern Channel has now won eight Emmys and received 31 Emmy nominations for both professional and student productions in its 10-year history and is the only college television station in Louisiana to have won the award.

“The Emmy is the most prestigious and sought after award in television; it means you’re producing at the highest level,” station General Manager Rick Settoon said. “It’s a terrific honor to again receive such acclaim for a university television station that operates among large commercial and public television stations and production companies.”

The spots promote academic areas such as physics, education, communication, nursing, digital arts and theater. They can be seen on Southeastern’s “Hotspots” page at https://www.selu.edu/resources/hotspots/.

Elements of the spots include faculty and student interviews, along with footage used in the recruiting video “Strength, Endurance, Tradition” produced by Settoon and Zaffuto.

The channel has won more than 150 national and international awards in the past 10 years. It has been named “Best College Television Station in the South,” and its student programs have been selected as among the top three in the nation.