TV Time

Tony Cook

Tony Cook

Dr. Monty Sullivan, Delgado’s Chancellor, was interviewed this morning at the WWL-TV studios for “The 504,” a talk show with host Melanie Hebert. “The 504” is broadcast on WUPL-TV, Channel 54 (Cox Channel 2), weeknights at 9 pm. The segment with Dr. Sullivan is scheduled tonight, May 30. He is discussing a variety of subjects related to Delgado’s historic and current role in the community, its program offerings, and the future of the College.

As the media representative of the College, I was involved in getting Dr. Sullivan booked on the show and making certain everything went well. Part of this responsibility included accompanying him to the WWL-TV studios in the French Quarter.

Maybe you know, and maybe you don’t, that WWL-TV is on North Rampart Street near Esplanade. It’s a fairly famous area. Cosimo Matassa’s world-renowned recording studio, where Little Richard and other legends belted out their hits in the 1950s, is nearby. It’s a washateria now (laundromat, for those who don’t speak N’awlins).

The Chancellor and I were escorted from the front door to the studio by a production assistant. There, we were greeted by Melanie, the host, who told me she had “seen a lot of quotes” from me in the local news. I said, yes, I suppose I do get quoted pretty frequently as part of my media relations work.

Tony Cook in the news anchorman’s seat at WWL-TV

Tony Cook in the news anchorman’s seat at WWL-TV

As the two of them settled in on the set and shared pleasantries, I took a seat at the vacant newsdesk across the room. In the anchorman’s seat, just like Dan Rather and Eric Paulsen. (The CBS News “eye” is a prominent part of the WWL-TV studio’s décor.) Dan is my all-time favorite news anchor, and I’ve watched Eric’s noon news broadcast so many times that I feel like he’s an old friend.

I listened and watched Melanie interview Dr. Sullivan for about a half-hour regarding all sorts of Delgado-related issues. It went very well, I thought, although I winced at a couple of questions that showed this would be no softball interview. The Chancellor’s answers, as always, were thoughtful, comprehensive, and well stated.

Melanie Hebert interviews Dr. Monty Sullivan for “The 504”

Melanie Hebert interviews Dr. Monty Sullivan for “The 504”

During the interview, the station’s senior meteorologist, Carl Arredondo, arrived and began working at a desk near where I sat.  I am a longtime fan of Carl’s, having first viewed his forecasting talents on a TV set in a hotel room at the Royal Orleans when I was visiting New Orleans as a tourist. Something about him – the name, perhaps, but also his professionalism – made me an instant fan.

So, today, I got to introduce myself to him. I told him that he was the very first TV weatherman I ever saw in New Orleans, and it was a pleasure meeting him after 11 years. We chatted about the likelihood of getting a meteorology program at Delgado, and he offered to visit our College and speak to students about his profession.

Then it was time to leave, and I realized afterward that I had enjoyed myself like a kid on a playground. Anyone watching me this morning would have seen a man sitting calmly behind a desk, texting on his iPhone, doing his job as a media representative. But I was having a ball. Some days, many days, I have experiences like this one that make me feel fortunate to represent Delgado Community College to the media and the public.

The W.I.S.E. Women’s Center – It’s Not Just For Women!

Leslie Salinero

Leslie Salinero

Delgado’s Irma Thomas Center for W.I.S.E. Women (Women in Search of Excellence), located on the second floor of Building 1, Room 212 W1 on the City Park Campus, is oIMG_4021pen to ALL students looking for a quiet place to study, network, and relax, or find valuable information about not only women’s issues, but also numerous, current social issues.

At the W.I.S.E. Center, you’ll find computIMG_4035er access, HIV testing and condoms, coupons, lectures, workshops, group discussions, a reference library, crafting activities, guest speakers, movie showings, literature readings, and more – all at no cost to Delgado students! Women can also find helpful information and referrals for personal problems or issues.

The W.I.S.E. Center operates on donated funds and resources, so if youIMG_4044 want to help, or if you want more information about what the center has to offer you, call (504) 671-6325, visit online, or drop by Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NOLA In Chi-Town

Dee Shedrick

Dee Shedrick

While on my recent trip to Chicago, I turned on the radio and started changing the channel in my hotel room to listen to a local station and I hear the Neville Brothers singing “Fire on the Bayou.” While visiting the Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions, I observed a brass band playing for the droves of people strolling by. And finally, as I waited for my plane at the O’Hare airport, the overhead system played “Summertime” by Aaron Neville. I thought that I was getting away from New Orleans for a few days to visit Chicago, but instead I found a few elements of The Big Easy in the Windy City.

Chicago Theatre

Chicago Theatre

Being surrounded by water, festivals, old bridges, and bumpy streets were just some of the things I found similar to New Orleans while visiting Chicago. I also found the Chicagoans to be very friendly, down to earth, and not in a huge rush (unlike two other major cities I won’t call out by name.) I had three days filled with self-guided tours and sight-seeing, but that was hardly enough time to take in everything the city had to offer. As I mentioned earlier I went to the Navy Pier and Millennium Park. I ate at a restaurant called Feast in a neighborhood called Wicker Park. I walked along Lakeshore Drive and Michigan Avenue and I saw the famous Chicago Theatre.

Building downtown and Chicago Tribune

Building downtown and Chicago Tribune

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful thing to hear the sounds of New Orleans, but I was worried for a brief moment that I wouldn’t get a sense of being out-of-town. Eventually, I was amazed by the old skyscrapers and the unique architecture, and it was clear to me that I was not in the South anymore. Next time I visit (yes, I will be going back to visit again!) I will have more time to visit a few more neighborhoods, have more dining experiences, and take in some Jazz. This trip was a good introduction and I look forward to visiting Chicago again, and rest assured, it won’t be during the winter time!

 

Chicago River

Chicago River

The "L"

The “L”

Founder of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable

Founder of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable