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USC/ETV win Telly Award and pair of Emmy Awards

Three ETV documentaries produced with the University of South Carolina have won a 2010 bronze Telly Award and 2010 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards.

“Finding Clovis,” part of ETV’s weekly documentary series, “Carolina Stories,” won a Telly in the documentary category. It featured USC archaeologist Dr. Al Goodyear and research on the sudden disappearance of the Clovis people, an ancient tribe of hunters and skilled toolmakers who flourished in South Carolina more than 13,000 years ago.

Produced by Steve Folks, the documentary was set at the university’s Topper excavation site in Allendale and featured Dr. Dennis Stanford from the Smithsonian Institution and geophysicist Dr. Allen West from Arizona. Goodyear began working with West in 2007 to investigate the possibility of a massive comet that may have contributed to the decline of the Clovis People. Called the Younger - Dryas Event, the theory has received international attention.

USC’s Topper archaeological dig site is considered one of the most important Clovis sites in the United States and is home to some of the most significant research on earliest man in America. Goodyear’s findings suggest an occupation of an earlier pre-Clovis people who date back some 50,000 years, research that has sparked scientific debate and interest.

“Take on the South,” a series of eight, one-hour debates about the American South, won a Southeast Regional Emmy Award for set design. The winning broadcast, titled “What Is the Most Influential Southern Novel of the 20th Century?” featured a debate among USC Southern historian Dr. Walter Edgar and Southern scholars Dr. Trudier Harris, University of North Carolina, and Dr. Noel Polk, Mississippi State University. The broadcast also was nominated for an Emmy in programming excellence.

The “Take on the South” series is produced for USC’s Institute for Southern Studies under a grant provided by the Watson-Brown Foundation of Thomson, Ga. Edgar, who holds four professorships in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, is director of USC’s Institute for Southern Studies. He hosts “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” a program that airs statewide Fridays at noon on ETV Radio and looks at contemporary events in context.

The “Carolina Stories” won an Emmy for outstanding achievement for its installment, titled “Carolina Caught.” Narrated by USC naturalist-in-residence Rudy Mancke, the program examined the challenges of South Carolina’s shrimping industry and follows Errol Hattaway, one of the remaining shrimp-boat fishermen in McClellanville.

Mancke, whose long tenure on ETV’s syndicated “NatureScene” program made him a household name in South Carolina, was appointed USC’s first naturalist-in-residence early this year. His undergraduate course, “Natural History of South Carolina,” is among the university’s most popular course offerings.


The University of South Carolina’s Topper archaeological dig site – home to some of the most significant research on earliest man in America – has been the subject of several documentaries that have aired statewide and nationally.

ETV “Carolina Stories” airs every Thursday at 9 p.m. on ETV. The series highlights South Carolina’s rich cultural and historical landscape.

ETV “Take on the South” is an occasional series that explores various aspects of Southern culture, including politics, the economy, sports and the arts. The next program is slated to air in the fall of 2010 on ETV and will debate which sport is more important to the South: Football or NASCAR.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 07/21/10 @ 11:40 AM | Updated: 07/27/10 @ 4:01 PM | Permalink