New Orleans singer Terry McDermott took home second place in NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night. Prior to that, he took the stage with rock legend Peter Frampton for a duet of Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way.”

Cassadee Pope, of Los Angeles, was named the winner of the vocal competition series’ third cycle, earning her the grand prize of a recording contract with Universal Republic Records.

Pope, from Team Blake (Shelton), also beat out fellow finalist Nicholas David, third. All three performed on the finale.

The musician coaches are Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton.

Pope is starting out fresh as a solo artist after touring with her pop/rock band, Hey Monday. She plays guitar as well as some bass, drums and violin and prides herself on knowing a “surprising amount of 1980s rock music.”

McDermott was also on Team Blake. Originally from Scotland, McDermott moved to the United States years ago with his band, Driveblind, but now he’s trying to make it as a solo artist. His favorite song is “Imagine” by John Lennon. McDermott is a huge soccer enthusiast and lives in New Orleans with his wife and son.

“The Voice” returns for a fourth cycle of new shows on March 25, 2013.

‘Square’ audience sought

Have you ever wanted to be on TV and give your opinion on the important issues facing our state? Here’s your chance.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is looking for audience members for its monthly public affairs program “Louisiana Public Square.” Audience members can not only weigh in on each month’s topic but also question the experts on that month’s show.

Those interested in having their voices heard can visit LPB’s “Louisiana Public Square” website at and click on “Be In the Audience” to provide contact information. LPB personnel will follow up with more information on upcoming shows. For further details, email

As the new year approaches, LPB will feature programs relating to losing weight, living healthier and getting finances in order. “New Year, New You” will air Dec. 29-30 on WLPB, Channel 27.1 (cable Channel 12).

The marathon starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with “Heart of Perfect Health with Brenda Watson,” followed at 10:30 a.m. by “Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi.” It explores new discoveries in neuroscience that maximize the potential of the human brain. At noon, “T’ai Chi For Health & Happiness with David Dorian Ross” teaches viewers how easy it can be to learn and practice t’ai chi and the lifelong benefits that can come from practicing it. For those looking at retirement, “Ed Slott’s Retirement Rescue!” at 1 p.m. gives tips on how to make the investments needed to retire comfortably.

At 3 p.m., “Dr. Wayne Dyer: Wishes Fulfilled” presents the five steps to living your “highest self” and thereby obtaining your deepest desires.

At 9 a.m. Dec. 30, “The Blood Solution with Dr. Mark Hyman” tells how to lose weight, eliminate body fat and reverse diabetes.

That’s followed by “Easy Yoga for Arthritis with Peggy Cappy” at 10:30 a.m., which explains how yoga can relieve stiffness, reduce pain and fatigue, and improve muscle and bone strength for people with arthritis.

“Use Your Brain to Change with Age with Dr. Daniel Amen” at 11:30 a.m. shares simple steps to boost your brain to help you live longer, look younger and dramatically decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. “Suze Orman’s Money Class” at 1:30 p.m. gives the basics on money management, investing and planning for retirement. There will be an encore showing of “Super Brain with Dr. Rudy Tanzi” at 3:30 p.m.

SLU Channel wins Emmy

Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access television channel has received 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,” said station general manager Rick Settoon. “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

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 last 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.

NBC, Louisiana Public Broadcasting and SLU’s Public Information Office provided items for this column. Television stations with news about programming, on-air reporters or personalities should fax information to Judy Bergeron, (225) 388-0351, or email