COLLEGE PARK, Md. (Sept. 15) – Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau Director Sue Kopen Katcef has announced this fall’s CNS “Maryland Newsline” anchors. The announcement came after a round of try-outs at UMTV with 14 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the bureau. Six additional Merrill College students tried out as sports anchors.

Working with Visiting Professor Tom Bettag and Adjunct Lecturer Cindy Wright, an all-star list of Merrill College alumni helped to judge the students.

In an email, Kopen-Katcef announced that students Michelle Chavez, Simone Thomas, Michael Stern and Angelo Bavaro would be lead anchors for the three-night-a-week news program through the fall semester.

The anchor teams will feature Chavez & Stern and Thomas & Bavaro.

Students Craig Weisenfeld and Sarah Dean will be “go-to” subs and will anchor the hour-long “Best of Show” program that is recorded in Studio B at UMTV just before Thanksgiving.

Broadcast Bureau student crew chiefs this year are Becca King, Barrett Goldberg and Jake Britton. Their experience and confidence helped keep the try-outs on track.

Sports anchors will be announced shortly (and we’ll update this release when names are announced.)

Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 10.29.55 AMThe CNS broadcast program draws volunteers from throughout campus to run cameras and help in many other ways. They were in Studio B in full force Wednesday, as was Student Newsroom Supervisor Al Perry – who helped ensure the technical side of the operation was working smoothly.

The CNS broadcasts are expected to begin in early October. The program will be live at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday on UMTV. Watch on campus channel 38 or 78. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George’s County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, UMTV is on channel 40 in both counties. The program is also streamed live in HD via the CNS YouTube page and archived there.