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Media Advisory re: TV Coverage of 40th Anniversary of May 4

Posted May. 3, 2010


Kent State University is providing a series of live uplink coverage opportunities to network outlets and local television stations to assist in coverage of this year’s 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, incident in which four Kent State students were killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen during a Vietnam War protest. The events of May 4 played an important part in the civil rights and anti-war movement. May 4’s significance in American history was further confirmed when the May 4 site was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, a remarkable achievement for a site that is less than 50 years old.

For your convenience, the university is offering the following coverage opportunities to support your coverage:
• Live satellite uplink of the 2010 Democracy Speaker program featuring CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER AND CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS, the last living leader from the March on Washington – MONDAY, MAY 3 @ 6:30 p.m. EST

Satellite:               Galaxy 17     Ku Digital                   Bandwidth:        6 MHz
Orbital Slot:         91 degrees WL                                FEC:                     3/4
Transponder:       19 – Slot 1                                       Symbol Rate:     3.9787
Downlink Freq:   12065 (H)                                          Data Rate:          5.5

• B-ROLL FOOTAGE FROM COMMEMORATION EVENTS for stations to use when talking about how this May 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the shootings that occurred at Kent State University – TUESDAY, MAY 4 @ 11:15 a.m. EST (use same coordinates listed above)


• USE OF KENT STATE’S SATELLITE TRUCK from the May 4 site for stations interested in sending their own reporters and photographers – TUESDAY, MAY 4

Kent State will provide live satellite uplinked coverage of key events from the 40th commemoration. Kent State reporters will be available for newscasts’ live shots from the historic May 4 site via Kent State’s Hi-Def satellite uplink truck. The reporters have produced three stories: (1) Lessons learned from May 4; (2) Continuing impact of May 4 on Kent State; and (3) Role of May 4 in the 100-year history of Kent State. Each story will be fronted live and include coverage of this year’s commemoration.

Also, Kent State students are available for live interviews from the May 4 site to talk about what May 4 means to today’s students at the university.

These reporters and students will be booked on a first-call basis in 10-minute windows that are available for noon and evening broadcasts beginning at 5 p.m. EST and continue through 6:30 p.m. CST. Call to schedule a time window.

To see sample reports and reporters available, visit

This year’s commemoration includes these events:
• Ribbon cutting  and dedication of the National Register of Historic Places designation and the new May 4 Walking Tour of the site of the shootings
• Democracy Speaker program featuring civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis
• Candlelight walk and vigil
• May 4 activities and commemoration speakers

For more information about the 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State, visit our online pressroom at

Sandy Thompson,, 330-672-2810

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