Students Turn Out before Daybreak as National Spotlight Shines on EKU, Alumnus Sam Champion

photo from crowd

Friday the 13th was certainly not an unlucky day for EKU.

More than 300 Eastern students converged on Memorial Plaza well before daybreak on Friday, Sept. 13, awaiting their turn in the national spotlight.

As part of its ongoing series on the alma maters of the program’s anchors, “Good Morning America” profiled 1983 Eastern graduate Sam Champion. The popular ABC-TV show, seen by approximately 5 million viewers in a typical week, featured the EKU Marching Colonels, cheerleaders, dance team, the Colonel, communication students and others as it profiled and honored its weather anchor.

The tribute to Champion and EKU included live shots of the assembled crowd as well as footage from last month that attempted to re-create in part Champion’s college days: his residence hall room, his fraternity, his academics, etc. EKU broadcasting major Caitlin Jackson served as campus host.

On his Twitter feed this morning, Champion tweeted: “Go EKU. Thanks for waking up so early to show this proud alum that EKU spirit is still the best.”

Champion, who earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from EKU, has served as GMA’s weather anchor since 2006.

The EKU-related segment can be seen here: abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/sam-champion-back-school-kentucky-20246698?tab=9482931&section=1206833.

Champion was also featured in the Sept. 12 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader: www.kentucky.com/2013/09/12/2818280/good-morning-america-anchor-sam.html#emlnl=AM_update.

Published on September 13, 2013