TV16 has added “Searcy Sunrise,” a morning show program, to its weekend broadcast, due to air the first episode Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m.
The 30-minute show will feature businesses and activities that connect Harding to the Searcy community.
The executive producers of the show, seniors Jacob Norwood and Landis Tindell, have been playing with the idea of a “Good Morning, Harding” program for the past two years. With support of the communication department faculty, they have finally been able to focus on this dream to make it a reality.
“Jacob and I have been wanting to do a show for the last couple of years,” Tindell said. “It started as a political round table show that we decided was not going to work out, and then it formed into an hour long “Good Morning America” type show, and then after meetings with faculty, it got formed into a focus on the community since this is the only TV station in White County.”
As far as the focus of the show, Norwood said they wanted something that was not news and was easy to shoot.
“We wanted something that connects Harding to Searcy, because there’s this huge divide there,” Norwood said.
Saturday’s show will feature Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co. and Beyond Boundaries. Both local businesses are owned and run by Harding alumni. Other features may include Shop Bella Couture and non-profit organizations such as Jacob’s Place and the Sunshine School.
“People at Harding know what’s going on already,” Tindell said. “We should be focusing exclusively on the community and how to bring their viewership back to us.”
Watch “Searcy Sunrise” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on TV16 or online at www.streaming.harding.edu. Contact the production team via Facebook or Twitter @searcysunrise or email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback.