It’s lovely to see them bloom

Something got snuck into the last sign off of the year. The outgoing sports director, Auston Matricardi, on the left, caught it just in time to not read it.

This was such a fun group, all year long, and the graduating seniors will be missed. Next year’s group will have a lot of possibilities and a big reputation to fill in the award-winning IUSTV sports department. Their last shows of the year will be online tomorrow.

Here’s this week’s news shows. This first one features the rising news director and a graduating senior:

And this one has the final sign off of the outgoing news director. She’ll graduate next week and will be on the air in Illinois almost immediately.

And with the year wrapping up, I brag to everyone who will listen. For example, the sports guys swept an entire statewide sports reporting contest. Some other factoids …

And they do it around classes and work schedules and everything else. They do it because they believe us when we tell them that it will be helpful to them. And indeed, it is. You should see where these folks go in their internships and their first jobs. It’s a remarkable thing, how student media helps set up young media types. It’s lovely to see them bloom.

UPDATE: Here are the last sports shows of the year. First is the full show from the featured clip above. In the second video, the new talk show host takes the reins of The Toss Up.

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