South Carolina ETV and University of South Carolina Beaufort’s ‘By The River’ to premiere new season Oct. 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina ETV (SCETV) today announced that season three of By The River will premiere on Thursday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV. Achieved in partnership with the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB), the weekly, 30-minute literature-focused series is filmed at ETV Lowcountry in Beaufort, S.C.

Season three of By The River features an exciting line up of in-depth interviews with authors, including Wanda Lloyd, Nathalie Dupree, Marcus Amaker, Wiley Cash, Susan Zurenda, Johnathan Haupt, Brad Taylor, Dana Ridenour, Whitney McDuff and Elise Blackwell. The interviews are followed by a Lowcountry Poet’s Corner, featuring poems read by Lowcountry poets, such as Derek Berry, Marcus Amaker, Holland Perryman, Brian Slusher, Terri McCord and Jackie Morfesis. Attendees of the Conroy Center Children’s Camp also participate in poetry readings, along with finalists from the South Carolina Poetry Out Loud Program – Taylor Wade of Andrew Jackson High School in Lancaster, S.C. and Anna Matson of Aiken High School in Aiken, S.C.

By The River is filmed on a Bronze Telly Award-winning set, which was designed as a coastal home library overlooking the river in order to create an intimate interview setting as authors discuss their books, writing lives, and inspirations. The show is hosted by Holly Jackson, director of Operations and Content at ETV Lowcountry and is produced by Dr. Caroline E. Sawyer, assistant professor of Communication Studies at USCB. The entire crew for the show consists of Communication Studies students at USCB.

Students who worked on the production of season three include Cassandra Headden, Makayla Bing, Jeremy Smalls, Nicole Folzenlogen, Lauren Henderson, Emily Firster and USCB student & ETV Endowment Intern Sabrina May. The students each play a vital role in the show’s success, performing critical tasks, such as researching and pre-interviewing authors, production assisting, technical directing, floor directing, producing the Poet’s Corner and creating promotional materials.

New episodes will premiere Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV before being re-aired on the South Carolina Channel at 9 p.m. Repeat broadcasts will also take place on Sundays at 5 p.m. on SCETV and at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on ETV World.

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“This season was an experience for all of us, and I’m proud to say that we rose to the challenge. Following the CDC & SCDHEC guidelines, we limited production personnel, wore masks, limited episode tapings to one a day, cleaned the facilities before and after tapings and maintained social distancing. It was truly a team effort. I was really impressed too with the resilience of the USCB students and their commitment to keeping the work environment safe and everyone healthy.” –ETV Lowcountry Director of Operations and Content Holly Jackson

“All while following CDC & SCDHEC guidelines, our students learned a lot about production during a pandemic! We know employers want to hire students who have both a degree and experience. This show not only gives our students hands-on work on a professionally-produced show, but this year it gave them a once in a life-time experience in how to be flexible and adaptive because of the pandemic. This experience strongly supports our university’s mission and fits into our Students Connected program in that it provides an unparalleled learning experience in the community.” –USCB Assistant Professor for Communication Studies Dr. Caroline Sawyer

“This has been a great opportunity to gain new skills I have never used before and take those into the future with me.” –USCB Communication Studies graduate Nicole Folzenlogen


By The River is returning for its third season Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV.
The weekly, 30-minute literature-focused series is produced in partnership with USCB.
The entire crew for the show consists of Communication Studies students at USCB.
Season three of By The River features an exciting, new line up of in-depth interviews with authors.

New episodes will premiere Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on SCETV before being re-aired on the South Carolina Channel at 9 p.m.

About University of South Carolina Beaufort
The University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) responds to regional needs, draws upon regional strengths, and prepares graduates to contribute locally, national and internationally with its mission of teaching, research, and service. USCB is a senior baccalaureate campus (1,400 to 3,000 students) of the state’s largest public university. It offers degree programs in the arts, humanities, professions, and social and natural sciences delivered through on-site instruction and distance education, along with an active program of co-curricular activities and athletics. It serves a racially and culturally diverse student body, including military personnel, veterans and their dependents, and draws from the South Carolina Lowcountry, from around the country, and from around the world. USCB enriches the quality of life for area residents of all ages through its academic programs, continuing education, artistic and cultural offering, community outreach, collaborations with regional initiatives, and life-long learning opportunities.

About South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
South Carolina ETV (SCETV) is the state's public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and diverse digital properties, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. In addition to airing local programs, such as “Carolina Classrooms,” “Making it Grow,” “Palmetto Scene” and “This Week in South Carolina,” SCETV also presents multiple programs to regional and national audiences, including “Expeditions,” “Reconnecting Roots,” “Reel South,” “Somewhere South,” “Yoga in Practice” and “Live from Charleston Music Hall.” In addition, SC Public Radio produces the national radio production, “Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.”

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