What an amazing year for Good Morning Illini. Of course, we brought back some favorite segments from the past, but we also created some new classics. “I Have a Question” led to an all-new segment called “Maddie & Sammi Tag Along”. If you haven’t watched these two, you are missing it. Comedic timing, heart and by the end a great look at what’s happening on campus. Even better they are moving into the producer role next year. Look for them to add their unique branding to our growing show.
“Who Am I” came back huge this semester. Content Producer Dan Gerardi gave us a couple of stories of people doing amazing things on campus. Like Maddie and Sammi, Dan is moving into a producers role next semester.
Speaking of On Campus, this was one of our best new segments. If it was happening on campus GMI was talking about it. Look for this to be improved this upcoming Fall.
We took big chances this year. Last Fall, we were live at the Illini Union for IJEA. Then we took an even bigger chance and ended the year with an hour-long show on the quad. Two successful live shows away from Richmond Studio.
Segments weren’t the only thing new. This year Good Morning Illini was a full-blown class. Twelve students learned to shoot, edit, run studio equipment, post social media and shoot some crazy promos for our show. Every Monday was filled with some new activity to get a different perspective on how to create a television show.
By the end, we all learned a lot and the success of GMI students will continue in the best ways. Speaking of success, Two of our producers from the past year are now fully employed as producers for local news stations. Fall producer Stephen Cohn is taking heading up to WISC-TV in Madison, Wisconsin. And Spring producer Andrea Flores will be joining a cavalcade of GMI alums at WQAD-TV in Moline Illinois. Spring producer Mady Bunton has accepted a position with BT Group in Texas. Anchor Addi Ippensen has been hired by Ernst & Young in D.C. And then a face and voice never have seen on air (but always in the ears of our anchors), Annie Dickerson is starting a director for WQAD-TV. You can see all of our alumni’s success post-college here.
GMI season 3 will be remembered as a year of taking so many chances and coming back with huge payoffs. We announced our new producers for the Fall. You can check out their bios on the producers’ page. They are excited to get started.
The next live show is the live coverage of IJEA Fall Conference. Featuring the keynote speech of Illinois alumna Melissa Forman from WLIT-FM in Chicago. And Season 4’s premiere is September 27, 2019. Tune in at 10 am. See you then. And always, make it a Good Morning, Illini!