Highlights TV Features Marshall University & South Charleston’s SummerFest


Highlights fb cover photoHighlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way.

The show is a collaboration with Kanawha County Schools, Suddenlink Communications and Jim Strawn & Company.

The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Suddenlink’s channel 17.

The show airing August 5, 2019 –  August 12, 2019 highlights Marshall University & South Charleston’s SummerFest.

We interviewed Dr. Jerry Gilbert, President of Marshall University. We discussed the Marshall University Supplier Diversity Program. Dr. Gilbert talked about being the first college or university in WV to implement this program. The Supplier Diversity Program includes an array of diverse businesses from small, minority, women, veteran, LGBTQ+ and disadvantaged groups.  The program provides access to purchasing opportunities for diverse suppliers at the university and assist departments in meeting purchasing goals. The goal is to increase bid opportunities for diverse businesses as defined in federal and state regulations.  As part of their sourcing process they encourage vendors to align with their program by increasing participation of diverse businesses.



We also discussed their Aviation Program. President Gilbert talked about how Marshall and Southern Utah Universities have come together to cooperate in exploring options to jointly offer a four-year bachelor’s degree in aviation to teach students to fly helicopters. They have also partnered with Tri-State & Yeager Airports.

Dr. Gilbert also touched on the Brad D. Smith Business Incubator, the Maier STEM Educator Scholarship, and we even talked about the excitment swirling around their football team. Coach Holliday team is expected to win their division.

All in all, very exciting things are happening in Huntington, WV.

We also interviewed Randy Daniel, Advertising Director for City of South Charleston, WV and Vicki Vaughan, Executive Director of SC CVB.

They both discussed the 17th Annual SummerFest coming to South Charleston August 14-17, 2019.

Known for the music and dancing, this year’s Summerfest features several nights of bands, free cotton candy, snow cones, face painting and jumping features to keep the young ones busy.  The free festival is held near the Mound in South Charleston.   There are dance competitions for kids and adults, as well as a “Dancing under the Stars” contest.  Other attractions include an open car show for every car enthusiasts and the festival ends with spectacular fireworks.

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And new this year is a giant Ferris Wheel.

Bands include: Band of Oz, Krista Hughes Band, The Exiles, The Finns, Green River Revival, and Chicago Rewired.

Click here to view the schedule.

Call 304-746-5552 with questions.



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