Calumet Roundtable show gets new name, television studio

"The Calumet Roundtable" show at Purdue University Northwest has been renamed "The Roundtable Perspective."

The student-produced "Calumet Roundtable" show at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond has a newly remodeled television studio and a new name.

The public affairs show, which debuted in 2014 and is now broadcast on Lakeshore PBS, has been rebranded as "The Roundtable Perspective." It features lengthy, in-depth interviews with professors and experts on topics like health care, the media and black holes.

“The 'Roundtable' interviews are intended for people who want an in-depth understanding of issues that are emerging,” said host Tom Roach, the Communication and Creative Arts Department head.

Students at the Department of Communication and Creative Arts create "The Roundtable Perspective" show, working the cameras, selling ads and promoting the program on social media channels.

“It is not a simulated classroom experience. They get to produce a show that airs over the entire Chicagoland area,” Roach said. “That gives them a unique advantage over other broadcasting programs.”

The students, who work on the show for a class, are now familiarizing themselves with how the broadcasting industry works in a newly remodeled studio, which the university invested $140,000 to remodel this summer.

“It is important to have a more modern atmosphere and expose students to state-of-the-art equipment,” Studio Manager Jake Giles said. “Students get a hands-on experience that is more relatable to the real world.”

The show airs at 8 p.m. every Friday on Lakeshore PBS, which is shown on cable across Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicagoland area.

“Lakeshore has a great relationship with the community,” Giles said. “They’re all about local programming and communicating to the Chicagoland area. We are right in the heart of that.”

For more information, visit theroundtableperspective.com.

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