In tribute to Isaac Greggs, the longtime director of the Southern University Band, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will re-air “Southern: The Human Jukebox” at 5:30 p.m. Sunday (cable Channel 12).
Greggs died Monday at the age of 85.
A 1948 graduate from Southern, Greggs served as band director for 36 years before retiring in 2005. The Human Jukebox became nationally known while he was at the helm, performing at six Super Bowls, four college Sugar Bowl games, and presidential inaugurations in 1981, 1983 and 1997.
The 2002 LPB documentary tells the history of the band utilizing live performances by the band and pictures from Greggs’ extensive collection.
‘Swamp’d’ comes to BR
The cast of the Animal Planet reality show “Swamp’d” will sign autographs and take photos with fans starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Taco Boudreaux’s Cajun & Mexican Fusion Restaurant, 2628 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd.
“Swamp’d” is set at P’Maw’s Bait Shack in Pierre Part and currently airs in reruns on the network.
The cast will also be at the restaurant starting at 3 p.m. Monday for its Cinco De Mayo celebration. Prior to that, “Swamp’d” star P’maw and Taco Boudreaux’s chef/owner, Brennan Ledet will cook on “WAFB 9 News at Noon” (cable Channel 7).
SLU broadcaster honored
Erika Ferrando, a news anchor/reporter at the Southeastern Channel has been named the first top student broadcaster in the state.
Ferrando, an SLU senior from Mandeville, was named Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters at a recent awards luncheon in Baton Rouge.
Ferrando, a communications major with a concentration in electronic media, was selected over all other college undergraduate, graduate and high school students in television and radio from throughout Louisiana. It was the first time the LAB has bestowed the student award.
She is an anchor, reporter and producer for the Southeastern Channel’s student newscast, “Northshore News,” named one of the top four college television newscasts in the country by College Broadcasters, Inc. She recently won “Best in the South” recognition for “Television Hard News Reporting” given by the Southeast Journalism Conference made up of all universities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
Ferrando also recently won honorable mention Emmy recognition for News Story-Serious News in the Suncoast Region (southeast U.S.) of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In addition, she won a Mark of Excellence Award for Television General News Reporting given by the Society of Professional Journalists in Region 12 (Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee).
After she graduates in May, Ferrando hopes to land a job as a news reporter and work her way up to a large market television station.
Wanted: La. characters
CMT Casting is seeking outgoing and entertaining characters from Louisiana for a variety of CMT shows where they can share their unique stories and talent. Those interested can register at cmtcasting.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 752-8556.
In addition, Doron Ofir Casting and CMT are also looking for new cast members for the sereies “Party Down South.” Interested candidates can go to partydownsouthcasting.com to apply.
Worth a look
“48 HOURS”: 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS (cable Channel 7). The focus on the episode is a bizarre murder case in suburban Dallas in which Michele Williams is accused of killing her husband in cold blood, but she says a mysterious intruder pulled the trigger.
Among those interviewed is investigative crime reporter Claire St. Amant, who has written for the Wall Street Journal and the Houston Chronicle. St. Amant, a native of Katy, Texas, has relatives in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Crowley.
“THE KEY TO ME”: 9 p.m. Saturday, WYES (cable Channel 12) This new documentary features musician Paul Sanchez, guitarist, singer-songwriter and a founding member of the band Cowboy Mouth.
Sanchez and filmmaker James Demaria will be at Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant, 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, to watch the film, and will answer questions about the film following the screening.
“OMG EMT!”: 9 p.m. Saturday, TLC (cable Channel 48). Real-life EMTs tell the stories of some of their most memorable and usual emergency calls. The first episode features an elderly woman with a prizefighter’s temperament and a dog with a taste for rescue team members, to the combo of not-so-invincible college guys and a stairway that leads to a backside downslide.
“EVEREST AVALANCHE TRAGEDY”: 8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery (cable Channel 46). The 90-minute documentary, airing in 224 countries, will give an unprecedented access and eyewitness accounts from the rescue and recovery efforts that took place after the avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall, the area just above Mt. Everest base camp, April 18, killing 13 and leaving three missing. Among those interviewed is Shreveport native and climber Joby Ogwyn, who was scheduled to attempt to make the first wing suit flight off the summit of the world’s tallest mountain on a live Discovery special cancelled after the tragedy.